A country with nearly four times the population of the United States has nearly a quarter of the doctors. To make matters worse, two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people live in rural areas, largely beyond the reach of traditional medical care.
To help fill the void, HP has introduced eHealth centers—in effect, state-of-the-art healthcare in a box. These clinics are wired for telehealth technologies and cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) and analytics and are designed to fit in a shipping container, making them easily portable. Since the first centers went fully operational two years ago, this strategy of creating healthcare access where it’s needed most is resonating. In October, the cumulative number of patient visits at the 12 eHealth Centers throughout India passed 55,000.
HP Matter explored the program and its impact with Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president and chief progress officer for HP; Neelam Dhawan, HP’s managing director for India; and Dr. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, managing director and group CEO of Narayana Health. With a network of 29 hospitals in 14 cities and India’s longest-running telemedicine operation, Narayana is a major eHealth Center partner.