Healthcare in rural India relies mostly on public healthcare units, which has limited public funding & a diminished doctor to patient ratio, which gets strenuous with the limited resources while meeting the large population’s medical needs. On the other hand, due to low profitability, less skilled personnel & low availability of doctors who are ready to work under challenging circumstances, private healthcare units are not able to sustain care delivery in these areas.But, is it necessary to build a big healthcare infrastructure to meet care demands in fragmented rural areas, when 80% of Indian doctors are located elsewhere?
Technology may have introduced retail opportunities for medicos practicing in urban set-up, yet the adaption of such new-age care practices in rural areas is low. Extensive adaption of assisted-medicine will facilitate medical practitioners to reach the rural population while solving unique challenges.
Retail healthcare platforms integrated with Telemedicine & diagnostic capacities will be a futuristic & effective digital care model for evaluating, diagnosing & treating patients without the patients needing to visit facilities that may be located far off from their villages.
Mapping each village to a “Village Health Officer” equipped with tools to carry basic healthcare packages along with diagnostic services would prove essential for chronic care management and access to emergency care providers in real-time for rural patients.
Powerful telemedicine integrated healthcare platform, not only benefits patients, but also assist medicos in:
- Team-based care
- Integrating diagnostic analysis in EMRs
- In-home monitoring of patients for follow-up & continued care
HArborSays: Technology is changing the healthcare practices now, more than ever. Let’s dedicate ourselves to rebuild the rural healthcare foundation starting with Telemedicine and reduce the gap between the patients & medical care providers.