Practo: Rural India is online healthcare’s big challenge

Friday, February 26, 2016

India’s online health care sector is growing at a remarkable pace but the disparity between how rural and urban India benefit from it are stark, according to Shashank ND, founder and CEO of Practo Technologies, one of the country’s largest health care technology providers.

Speaking to International Business Times, India on the sidelines of a conference involving start-ups in the city of Bangalore, Shashank emphasised the government’s responsibility to narrow this gap and help private enterprises bring health services to rural India where most of the country’s 1.2 billion people still reside.

“In urban India, the role of government in healthcare is very low, but in rural India, it’s very high. In the primary healthcare centres, better efficiency can be brought in with the use of technology. One of the solutions for rural India would be to figure out a way to provide more medical devices as they can bring down the cost of healthcare dramatically,” he told IBTimes India.

Source: International Business Times (link opens in a new window)

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