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Pratibha Healthkon Bridges the Urban-rural Divide for Enhancing Primary Healthcare Delivery

Primary healthcare delivery has improved continuously over the past 70 years but remains inadequate for accessible and affordable healthcare to the Base of Pyramid population in the rural areas. Patients not only lose a day’s wage, but the sheer effort to access a qualified doctor literally kills them financially and physically in some cases. 98% of the doctors reside in semi-urban or urban areas necessitating 45% of the rural population to travel between 7-28 kms to access a qualified doctor in what may be seen as an urban-centric healthcare delivery mechanism. The huge gap for much needed access to primary healthcare needs to be bridged, thereby impacting basic treatable health outcome of many millions of people in rural India.

Tarun Bhargava, Co-founder and Technical Advisor said, “Healthkon replicates an ‘in-clinic’ experience remotely by coupling Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with an award-winning ASHA+ multi-vitals monitoring device made available at the patient end. This solution enables both the doctor and the remote villager to have a meaningful interaction in three simple steps – firstly, capture past medical history, secondly measure current vitals and lastly a consultation using the HD quality video interaction that requires extremely low bandwidth which aligns with the currently available rural connectivity …

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