DocOnline ,a leading online healthcare consultation platform announced the bagging of an order to implement e-PHC services at Primary Health Centres in Uttar Pradesh. As part of the PPP project DocOnline will run couple of e-PHCs or digital dispensaries across major districts of UP to provide complete Healthcare solutions to the citizens of these locations. Citizens are entitled to these services at no cost. DocOnline will establish and manage these centres for a period of 3 years.
The digital dispensary shall enable online doctor consultation, conduct basic investigations & diagnostic tests and distribute medicine as may be prescribed. The digital dispensaries shall be operational for minimum of 8 (eight) hours every day and 6 (six) working days every week.
Healthcare delivery in these regions is plagued by various challenges that include non-availability of doctors due to extreme shortage or absenteeism, pilferage of medicines, lack of basic lab facilities, non-qualified nurses to treat urgent cases amongst others.
“Increasingly we are finding that technology will play a pivotal role in addressing the healthcare challenges of affordability, accessibility, awareness and quality in India. Technology based delivery is helping us expand our footprint in the country with ease and in providing innovative solutions such as the digital dispensaries to improve the overall healthcare requirements even in remote regions. Our vision is to create a healthier life for all people in India and we will continue to use latest in the technology to shape these creative healthcare solutions.”, said Mr. Markus Moding, CEO DocOnline.
As per various reports, though doctor availability and access in certain urban areas is improving, but still the gap (doctor/patient ~ 1/19972) in Uttar Pradesh is huge and in most part of the country it’s an escalating concern. Technological revolution has a huge opportunity to address the demand supply gap in the requirement of 400,000 more doctors by 2020 to a large extent, which otherwise is unlikely to be met.