Indian Health Link Introduces Automated Patient Screening ‘Health Pods’

India Health Link (IHL) have introduced a connected ‘human-centric’ Phygital (physical plus digital) screening ecosystem, which includes the ATM size ‘made in India’ Health Pod (‘hPod’) for zero assistance automated vitals screening

India has made reasonable progress in improving access to last-mile healthcare over the last decade. However, the improved access has not reached across the country equally because of the acute shortage of qualified professionals (fully trained doctors, lab technicians) and the lack of feasible and accessible healthcare delivery mechanisms. Out of the 140 plus crore population in India, only 21.9 crore Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) IDs have been created.

In such a scenario, to fill the existing gaps in primary healthcare, which, in turn, fills the gaps in preventive healthcare, India Health Link (IHL) have introduced a connected ‘human-centric’ Phygital (physical+digital) screening ecosystem, which includes the ATM size ‘made in India’ Health Pod (‘hPod’) for zero assistance automated vitals screening. The Health Pod also complements National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) as it creates personalised Health accounts and IDs in line with the ABHA account.

“The ‘hPod’ offers a non-invasive digitally-integrated ecosystem that enables Primary, Preventive and Predictive Healthcare. This is a self-service, walk-in Health Pod wherein individuals can get their screening done for 22 plus health vital parameters including BP, Weight, SpO2, BMI, BMC, Pulse, Temperature and ECG within 5 minutes followed by an instant report, without any paramedic assistance. The ‘phygital’ ecosystem provides a physical experience of preventive health check-ups supported by its digital interface that maintains users’ health records and provides immediate consultation with certified health professionals based on instant test results. The hPod is HIPPA compliant and features medical devices certified by US FDA, CE, and Neumetric,” says Dr Satyender Goel, Founder & CEO, India Health Link (IHL). 

“Despite being home to over 70 percent of Indians, rural and non-metro areas face a significant shortage of high-quality diagnostic services, especially preventive diagnosis. And we wish to promote preventive care culture to reduce the NCD ( non-communicable diseases) burden in India by enabling doctors, clinics, nursing homes, corporate workplaces and communities across India with this ‘phygital’ ecosystem – health Pod (‘hPod’). We believe that this 'phygital' ecosystem can address the gaps in primary and preventive healthcare delivery and simultaneously fill them, making it feasible, affordable and accessible to all Indians irrespective of their socio-economic status,” stated Dr Swadeep Srivastava, Co-Founder & President, India Health Link (IHL).

Goel further elaborates on the approach to how the ‘phygital’ ecosystem of IHL may fill the primary, preventive and predictive healthcare delivery gaps in India. 

“Recently, we have seen that due to the lack of preventive screening culture in the Indian healthcare ecosystem, many young professionals associated with corporates have succumbed to cardiac arrest. A Marsh India report reveals that 59 per cent of employees in India are stressed in everyday life. In the absence of preventive screening, it is often too late for employees when they discover the stemming medical conditions that have led to NCDs.”

“Furthermore, In modern healthcare, the role of early detection and correct diagnosis cannot be overstated. About 70 percent of all clinical decisions are taken based on diagnostic tests, which require a highly evolved digital platform. To overcome the screening hurdles, the health Pod is being installed in doctors’ clinics and nursing homes to make the preventive screening services feasible and accessible followed by an instant report.”

“And a significant proportion of India’s population (70 per cent) lives in rural areas where screening is seldom carried out. In rural India, 12 per cent of major illnesses remain untreated mainly due to the unavailability of diagnostic facilities. Today, nearly 60 percent of all deaths in India are due to NCDs. One of the underlying reasons for the upsurge of NCDs is the lack of preventive and predictive screening,” said Dr Goel.

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