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Desh Clinic Opens 100 Digitally Enable health clinics in rural india

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.”

My Family First to open 500 DESH clinics with telehealth services

Delhi-based health-tech startup My Family First intends to open 500 Digitally Enabled Smart Health (DESH) clinics in rural areas across the country in the next two years to connect patients in remote villages and towns with medical specialists in metro cites. The company, that began operations in mid-2021, has already opened 30 DESH clinics across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madya Pradesh through the franchising route.

The DESH Clinics comprise India’s first integrated telehealth service. These use digital technology and IoT-based devices to directly connect doctors in cities with patients in the rural hinterland, solving the problem of scarcity of qualified doctors in villages and semi-urban regions. Patients can benefit from best medical advice right at their doorsteps at affordable prices and do not need to travel to cities.

Health-tech startup My Family First to open 500 digitally enabled clinics in rural areas

Delhi-based health-tech startup My Family First intends to open 500 Digitally Enabled Smart Health (DESH) clinics in rural areas across the country in the next two years to connect patients in remote villages and towns with medical specialists in metro cites. The company, that began operations in mid-2021, has already opened 30 DESH clinics across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madya Pradesh through the franchising route.

The DESH Clinics comprise India’s first integrated telehealth service. These use digital technology and IoT-based devices to directly connect doctors in cities with patients in the rural hinterland, solving the problem of scarcity of qualified doctors in villages and semi-urban regions. Patients can benefit from best medical advice right at their doorsteps at affordable prices and do not need to travel to cities.

Health-tech startup My Family First to open 500 digitally-enabled clinics in rural areas

Talks already on with angel investors and CSR wing of corporates for investments

Delhi-based health-tech startup My Family First intends to open 500 Digitally Enabled Smart Health (DESH) clinics in rural areas across the country in the next two years to connect patients in remote villages and towns with medical specialists in the metro cites. The company has opened 30 DESH clinics across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madya Pradesh through the franchising route.

The DESH Clinics comprise India’s first integrated telehealth service. These use digital technology and IoT-based devices to directly connect doctors in cities with patients in the rural hinterland, solving the problem of scarcity of qualified doctors in villages and semi-urban regions. Patients can benefit from the best medical advice right at their doorsteps at affordable prices and do not need to travel to cities.

Said Dr (Maj) Harshita Surange, Founder & CEO, DESH Clinics, “Teleconsultation is the key to rural healthcare. DESH clinics are equipped with diagnostic equipment and IoT-based PoC devices. They are specially designed to provide audio-video consultation, conduct pathology tests, and dispense medicines. These offer an integrated solution that includes teleconsultation, pharmacy, diagnostics, and daycare facilities. The clinics connect patients with specialists in areas like ENT, fertility, skin diseases, heart diseases, back pain, chronic pain, and cancer. Child specialists, gynaecologists and obstetricians are also available for tele-consultation.”

Said Ajay Sharma, Co-founder and COO, DESH Clinics, “We are on an aggressive growth path and have chosen the franchise model for rapid expansion. We would be opening 500 DESH clinics by the end of 2023 at the rate of 15-20 new clinics each month. Anyone with qualifications in pharmacy, medical lab technology, GNM, ANM, and trained health workers can own and run a DESH clinic with an investment of only Rs 2 lakhs. We have also launched a starter pack for new entrepreneurs. Anyone having a suitable space for consultation and a smartphone can start DESH Sahyogi clinics with an investment of only Rs 5,000. They can upgrade to a higher level of clinic infrastructure later.”

The DESH Clinics are physical-digital hybrid clinics with the required physical infrastructure and support systems, combined with smart, connected diagnostic devices and an app to support video/audio consultation with doctors who may be located hundreds of miles away. The company has created a customised solution with PoC devices that can perform almost all the basic tests required on a patient.

My Family First to open 500 digitally enabled clinics in rural areas

Company taking the franchise route to scale up operations and clinic count India-wide

Delhi-based health-tech startup My Family First intends to open 500 Digitally Enabled Smart Health (DESH) clinics in rural areas across the country in the next two years to connect patients in remote villages and towns with medical specialists in metro cites. The company, that began operations in mid-2021, has already opened 30 DESH clinics across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madya Pradesh through the franchising route.

Dr (Maj) Harshita Surange, Founder & CEO, DESH Clinics said, “Rural areas are unable to harness the best of doctors through the telemedicine facilities currently available. The conventional telemedicine model requires a tweak. DESH clinics go a step ahead and offer an ‘assisted tele-consultation’ model. A trained paramedic stationed at each clinic assists the city-based doctor remotely examine patients and measure their vital parameters. Assisted tele-consultation is an important step towards safety and efficacy of the tele-medicine business to scale healthcare to the remotest patient in India. DESH clinics also allows networking with existing hospitals to support tertiary-level care, allowing them to manage hospitalisation needs of their patients.”

Ajay Sharma, Co-founder and COO, DESH Clinics said, “We are on an aggressive growth path and have chosen the franchise model for rapid expansion. We would be opening 500 DESH clinics by the end of 2023 at the rate of 15-20 new clinics each month. Anyone with qualifications in pharmacy, medical lab technology, GNM, ANM, and trained health workers can own and run a DESH clinic with an investment of only Rs 2 lakhs. We have also launched a starter pack for new entrepreneurs. Anyone having a suitable space for consultation and a smartphone can start DESH Sahyogi clinics with an investment of only Rs 5,000. They can upgrade to a higher level of clinic infrastructure later.”

When patients arrive at a DESH clinic, trained para-medic staff collects information about their health condition, enters it into a mobile app and arranges tele-consultation with a doctor located in a city like Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru. The paramedic staff conducts pathology tests, if required, and uploads the report to be analysed by the doctor. The doctor writes the prescription, which is printed and given to the patient, who can then take medicines from the clinic’s pharmacy or anywhere else.

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