Medical Mobile Services Will Open Up Access By Masses In India

Nitin Puri | ZDNet | November 1, 2013

Summary: In a country where universal healthcare is a daily challenge to meet because of difficult geographic constraints, one leading hospital group in India has turned to mobile to increase its accessibility and coverage.

Indian healthcare providers are looking towards mobile technology to reach out to patients and potentially save lives, reports The Times of India. One of India's leading hospital groups, Apollo Hospitals, which already runs a telemedicine project, is planning to ramp up plans of providing medical services via Bluetooth enabled glucometers or stethoscopes to send results to its doctors. 

In recent weeks, a consortium of 46 hospitals, health insurers, and medical service providers under the Health Federation of India, plan to provide standardized healthcare at reasonable costs.

While challenges such as low bandwidth and Internet penetration in rural India remain, the general consensus is that is that there is a huge market of mobile medical services to be provided for India's 900 million mobile users. [...]