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Covid-19 impact: Hewlett Packard Enterprise deploys cloud-enabled test labs, OPD centers in India

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on May 08, 2020 Published on May 08, 2020

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Thursday announced it has completed the deployment of four Covid-19 Test Labs and four Outpatient Department (OPD) Centers across the country to assist the Centre and state governments in their efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the company’s official release, these facilities have been established in order to provide additional authorized testing facilities and isolation beds to manage the increased demand across the country.

The company said that it has HPE Covid-19 Test Labs are designed to enable quick and clean testing of individuals who suspect they may have contracted Covid-19 and will be based on the specifications provided by the Ministry of Science & Technology.

The Test Labs will be run and managed by the concerned government agency including installing testing equipment, deploying paramedics and technicians, providing broadband connectivity, PPEs, and medical supplies.

“Covid -19 has thrown unprecedented challenges for the world and industries alike and we must actively implement various measures to help contain the virus. NASSCOM is working with the IT industry in formulating innovative solutions to combat the pandemic. Cloud-enabled HPE Covid-19 Test Labs and OPDs will enable authorities to refine their testing process and will significantly reduce the strain on existing healthcare facilities. We are confident that together we will be able to overcome this phase and emerge stronger post the crisis,” said Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM.

“As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge local communities across the world, we are responding with initiatives to support the communities where we live and work. The deployment of HPE Covid-19 Test Labs and OPD Centers will support the government’s efforts to prevent, detect and respond to Covid-19,” said Som Satsangi, MD – India, HPE.

Based on the successful HPE eHealth Centers (eHCs), HPE has developed and deployed these Test Labs and OPD Centers in 40-feet refurbished negative air pressure containers equipped with biometrics, blood pressure apparatus, spirometer, serum analyzer, pulse oximeter, glucometer, pulse reader, and ECG. All this equipment will be integrated with EMR (Electronic Medical Record) applications, and an online dashboard will be provided to monitor the related OPDs, the company mentioned.

The software company further stated that additionally, suitable IT equipment will be provided, including workstations, headphones, thermal cameras, networking components, and UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems.

The OPD Centers will handle walk-in patients and will have provisions to house six patients for 24 to 48 hours for observation purposes. It will have negative air pressure doors to ensure isolation and also serve as temporary housing for people with Covid-19 symptoms until they are either discharged or are sent to the applicable wards for treatment.

HPE claimed that it has ensured the IT infrastructure at the Test Labs and OPD centers experience minimal downtime and any related issues can be rectified remotely without the need of an on-site engineer. This has been done by providing the facilities that are equipped with the Aruba Cloud Managed Wireless solution along with Aruba User Experience Insight (UXI) Sensor.

HPE said that the solution will act as a virtual network admin onsite and will monitor all key applications proactively 24x7. In case of any issues, the HPE Network Operations Center (NOC) located at Chandigarh, would be able to detect and resolve problems before they are even noticed.

The Aruba solution also offers zero-touch provisioning, remote management, and remote diagnosis thereby eliminating or limiting human interaction making it a best fit solution in response to Covid-19.

The HPE Covid-19 Test Labs and OPD Centers have been established across Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, and Dehradun.

Published on May 08, 2020

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