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Startups driving good change in healthcare at a fast pace – News18

New Delhi. With the corona pandemic and changing times, the need of the hour is to change the healthcare system as well. Startups have played an important role in driving this transformation. Ratna Mehta, Executive Vice President of the Wadhwani Foundation, Wadhwani Catalyst Fund, discussed the issue.

India is the diabetes capital of the world, with 73 million cases present, which are increasing rapidly. According to a study by the American Diabetes Association, by 2030, the number of diabetic patients in India will increase more. The number of cancer cases in India is the third in the world. Every year, more than 1.6 million Indians are diagnosed with cancer. The death toll from this is 50 percent. And not only this, India has the highest number of newborn baby deaths.

Very backward health system

Even though the burden of disease is so high, India is one of the countries where public spending on health care is lowest. Insurance matters are also less here. The scope of the traditional business model in the health sector is not good. Capital expenditure and operating cost are very high. In addition, there are huge gaps in the demand and supply of qualified resources.

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With about 74 percent of the country’s physicians concentrated in urban areas, access to basic primary health care is a major problem in semi-urban and rural areas. Due to this need, the ease of telemedicine arose and it is capable of reaching remote areas. In this way, you can provide basic medical care to everyone.

There are also a variety of models within telemedicine, ranging from fully online to mixed models. Medcords is a rural telemedicine platform that provides online teleconsultations. To do this, it digitizes medical records and this facility is provided through the pharmacy network.

Karma Health

Another such platform focused on rural areas is Karma Healthcare, which follows a hub-and-spoke model. Its hub (center) is made up of two nurses who enable teleconsultation with expert doctors.

Glocal is a technology-based platform that provides access to health to the rural population. To do this, it has a fully integrated model of primary and secondary care hospitals, digital technology and dispensaries. Currently, it has 141 digital dispensaries in Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and some northeastern states. Glocal’s hospitals are specially designed, each with 100 beds and equipped with one-of-a-kind equipment. It has standardized protocols for 38 diseases that cover 91 percent of diseases or conditions.

Cure.AI (Qure.AI)

A Bangalore-based startup, Qure.AI uses AI and a deep insight algorithm to identify anomalies in scans. This allows the scan to detect abnormalities and thus improve the accuracy and speed of disease detection. AI is also helping in cancer detection.


Nirmai, a start-up focused on women’s health, has developed a technology for detecting breast cancer that is possible thanks to the reading of the patient’s body temperature.

‘Center and spokes’
Innovative business models such as ‘Hub and Spoke’ improve access to critical medical facilities and ensure greater operational efficiency and reduced costs. India’s leading cancer institute, Tata Memorial Center, aims to establish around 30 centers and 100 spokes across the country to facilitate access to affordable cancer treatment. Each center is expected to see 40,000 new patients each year, while Spoke is expected to see 8,000 new patients. The objective is to increase the reach to 40 million people through centers and from 5 to 10 million through radios.
The emergence of online pharmacies in the last five years has helped make medicines accessible and affordable. Analytics-driven inventory management enables higher fill rates and higher sales, leading to better drug delivery to patients, while the technology-enabled supply chain enables faster deliveries.
According to AIIMS, it is 24 percent in cardiac cases and 50 to 80 percent in hypertension. 1mg, pharma easy and netmeds are great institutes in this field. They are backed by good investors and are expanding their network across the country. Other than this, there are a few more organizations like Dawa Dost that are emerging and are likely to co-exist with these big organizations as long as they can take their special place in this field of drug delivery. This is truly the beginning of a great transformation in the healthcare delivery space.undefined

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