HP deploys virtual health platform to help deliver quality psychiatric care in rural India
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
As part of HP’s continued commitment to making healthcare accessible to people living in remote parts of India, HP today announced the availability of a virtual health technology platform that will enable healthcare professionals to virtually conduct specialist psychiatric consultations with patients.
With a population of over one billion, and a vast geography, it is difficult for skilled medical professionals to penetrate and address the scale of psychiatric healthcare delivery required in India. This initiative – part of HP’s Sustainability and Social Innovation initiatives to improve access, quality and efficiency of global health -facilitates psychiatric care without requiring either the doctor or the patient travelling to meet each other.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2020, mental illness will move from the 20th position to the second largest illness worldwide surpassing physical ailments like polio and tuberculosis.