Telemedicine has surfaced recently to bridge the GAP between rural and urban healthcare infrastructure where the benefit of urban healthcare facilities are extended to rural areas using different ICTs.
We can certainly bridge the Infrastructure, Human Resource, and Information Gaps but telemedicine alone can't solve the problem due to a prevalent chain of superstitious beliefs, tendency to refer to hakims etc.
Rural Population is yet to get acquainted with advanced applications of smartphones and not to mention a two-way language barrier; Rural people require native language and medical practitioners English
Human Touch is most critical in maintaining faith in healthcare.
Above issues coupled with very basic but biggest hurdle i.e. majority of rural population can't afford medicines or prescribed diet even after consultations which are stopping telemedicine so far in all the attempts.
SOLUTION AND BARRIERS
A Rural Healthcare Startup making healthcare accessible and affordable to Rural Population through a combination of Physical and Digital Infrastructure
WHO ARE WE?
Savings due to intervention near home
Saved from earning loss which could have been lost due to traveling to city for treatment
Saved from debt trap
Improved diabetic compliance in 15% patients
Improved nourishment status of children
20% lower incidence of flu and fever as compared to last year
Saved from superstition based treatment from hakims
Able to spend money saved from affordable health care on other household thing
THE LAST MILE
Where everything is very hard to reach and so is the healthcare