Rural health have been an important focus for the development of rural. Several new projects and plans have been introduced in recent times that can result for health sustainability.Starting from telemedicine to mobile health care services have been channelised to help rural lives for hygiene health services.
Likewise, Evolko Systems has designed a technology solution for patients with chronic conditions that necessitate extended periods of treatment. Patients with diseases like cancer and weak hearts are a needy lot, requiring the constant attention of specialist doctors. It’s expensive and exhausting, which is perhaps why Evolko’s solution targeted at rural India has gained immediate traction.
In the six months since launch, at least 1,700 specialists have been monitoring more than 1.5 lakh chronic patients across India through Evolko’s platform.
"From personal experience, I know the requirements of patients with chronic conditions are very different. They are constantly in touch with their doctors and get anxious if they can’t immediately report symptoms," Evolko chief executive Amit Khare said.
Chronic diseases like arthritis and diabetes are as prevalent in the cities as in the villages. But specialists in rural areas are rare. Spotting this gap, Evolko piloted an online-offline model with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna: It stationed 120 telemedicine officers at village councils with the hospital in Patna, Bihar’s capital city, as the nodal centre.
"Given the volumes, (Evolko’s business model) becomes commercially viable, which is the best way to do more of it," said Arjun Malhotra, cofounder of HCL Technologies, who invested in the company along with Tech Mahindra CEO C P Gurnani, Stanford University professor Thomas Kailath, and others.
"The obstacle in telemedicine is the ability to create clinical protocols, especially in chronic medicine. Specialists are uncomfortable with giving treatment without seeing the patient in person," said Mayur Sirdesai, director at Somerset Health Capital Advisors, a healthcare-focused private equity firm in Mumbai.
Evolko said its differentiating factor is its clinical documentation of 3,000 chronic diseases, compiled by 47 specialist doctors in San Francisco.