Kolkata-based Global Healthcare Systems Pvt Ltd, which owns and operates hospitals in rural India, has collaborated with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd to offer telemedicine video consultation to a large number of people residing in rural parts of the country with virtually no access to doctors or patchy access to quality medical practice.
“Because of negligence or delay, curable small diseases become life threatening when not treated in time and with right medicine. Every year 3.3 per cent of India’s population falls below poverty line due to catastrophic health care expenses,” Glocal Healthcare CEO Sabahat S Azim told reporters after signing of the strategic tie-up.
CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd, a nodal autonomous agency of Ministry of Information Technology, is responsible for running a nationwide e-governance programme.
The tie-up will link the portals of 2,40,000 CSCs (Common Serviced Centres), the broadband enabled e-service kiosks in rural areas set up under the national e-governance plan and run by village entrepreneurs, to make the webRTC-based video conferencing suite called Hellolyf.com accessible to 84 crore population residing in rural India.
“We will also provide training to our entrepreneurs to use telemedicine through Hellolyf.com,” said Dr Dinesh Tyagi, CEO CSC e-Governance Services Ltd.
Global Healthcare operates hospitals, digital dispensaries, telemedicine and skilling centres in tier II, tier III towns and rural areas of the country. It presently operates eight hospitals in West Bengal, UP, Bihar, Odisha, while plans are afoot to establish eight more hospitals in these states.