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Delivering healthcare to underserved areas

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To bring advanced real-time medical services to rural areas of the world, Kallo has deployed its remote healthcare delivery system on the IBM cloud. Kallo’s mobile healthcare systems will be used to build and extend primary care infrastructure in countries including Guinea and Ghana, making healthcare more accessible.

IBM is providing Kallo with technology consulting and services, as well as a cloud infrastructure hosted at IBM’s recently opened SoftLayer cloud center in Toronto, part of a global network of more than 40 such centers.

John Cecil, Kallo's chairman and CEO, says, “The healthcare industry is in a time of accelerating change that needs continual innovation. IBM's cloud technology enables us to ‘reach the unreached’ to scale and securely deliver North American standards of healthcare to some of the world's most remote or underserved populations.”

Kallo services include MobileCare, RuralCare, DialysisCare, hospital information systems, telehealth systems, pharmacy information, disaster management, air and surface patient transportation systems and clinical training.

The units work in collaboration with each other, with the mobile and rural clinics providing primary care. Secondary/local specialized care is given by the regional command centers, and the global command center offers specialized consultative care. With the volume of cases per country and the privacy and confidentiality standards in cross-border telehealth practice, plans include dedicated global command centers for each country.

The IBM SoftLayer cloud solution is said to provide increased visibility into the status and dispensation of sensitive medical data. Clinicians are increasingly leveraging cloud computing technology—often from mobile devices—as a means to quickly access and share data and knowledge.

By deploying its IT environment on the IBM Cloud, Kallo will be able to concentrate on the delivery of healthcare while IBM manages its IT infrastructure.

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