Delhi-based health-tech startup DESH Clinic has opened 100 Digitally Enabled Smart Health (DESH) clinics in rural and semi-urban areas across India in 12 months since starting operations in July 2021. The clinics, located in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Bihar, and Jharkhand, comprise India’s first integrated telehealth service. They use digital technology and IoT-based devices to connect doctors in cities with patients in villages and small towns, helping solve the problem of healthcare access.
Said Dr (Maj) Harshita Surange, Founder & CEO, DESH Clinic: “Teleconsultation is the key to rural healthcare as it is difficult to get qualified medical professionals posted in villages and small towns. With DESH clinics, rural patients can benefit from best medical advice at their doorsteps at affordable prices and do not need to travel to cities to seek treatment. They are equipped with diagnostic equipment and IoT-based PoC devices, and provide audio-video consultation, pathology tests, and medicines. The integrated solution includes tele-consultation, pharmacy, diagnostics, and daycare facilities.”