Telemedicine means “distance healing“, being derived from a Greek word “Tele” meaning “distance” and a Latin word “mederi” meaning “to heal“. Telemedicine is not one specific technology but a way of providing healthcare services at a distance using telecommunications technology, medical expertise & computer science.
Given the diversity that is India, despite the progress made in the health care sector since Independence the disease burden has doubled. The population growth is high, with the population demographics showing a skewed distribution towards the very young and the elderly. The prevalence of risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancers are on the increase while the struggle to reduce maternal and child deaths, malnutrition related and infectious diseases continue.
Accessibility to healthcare is a major deterrent to those seeking early medical help. 70% of India lives in more than 600,000 villages and yet 90% of secondary and tertiary care facilities, 80% of doctors, 75% of dispensaries and 60% of hospitals are located in urban areas.
There is a problem with retaining doctors in rural areas specially the specialist doctors. Penetration of healthcare services is low and the medical facilities inadequate with many of the rural poor having to rely solely on alternative forms of treatment, such as ayurvedic medicine, unani and acupuncture.
Even in the urban setting, a visit to a consultant has to be planned. Especially in an emergency setting, time of the day, availability of transport, distance to hospital, time to reaching expert care and time to initiation of treatment all affect the final outcome.
For any individual seeking medical treatment the financial consideration remains central to decision making. Various estimates suggest that only about 0.2 to 2% of the Indian population has any kind of health insurance cover.
Most medical complications associated with chronic health problems like diabetes and hypertension are avoidable and are the result of inadequate follow up care. The main deterrent for regular follow-up is the ‘out of pocket’ expenses that the individual would accrue. Individuals tend to seek expert medical help then neglect in an emergency.
Carebridge is committed to ‘dedicated technology ‘to’ bridge the distance‘ between individuals in need of medical help and the expert doctors irrespective of geographic boundaries.
Carebridge endeavors to understand the needs while focusing on the Research & Development and manufacture of products and services to serve these. Indigenously developed innovative telemedicine solutions are the domain and forte of Carebridge.
Lead by a strong management team, an extremely experienced, intelligent, focused, creative and talented team of professionals forms the backbone of the organization. They conceptualize, create and help in the implementation of ingenious solutions. The team understands the need to customize the telemedicine solutions to given medical scenarios. The presence of all the software and hardware expertise in-house results in the creation of economical customized total solutions.
An expert medical team, tie-ups with medical professionals from diverse specialties, multi specialty institutions and insistence on use of international medical standards for development of medical solutions support the technical team.
The aim is to provide complete yet, economical solutions to ensure their implementation in ‘all’ possible medical situations, to ensure maximum coverage and medical care from a distance.