Car care is on the rise, and telehealth systems are being introduced in India to help those who have no car.
The technology has been gaining traction in the country for years and the latest developments include a smart car connected to a mobile phone.
Car owners are being encouraged to take advantage of telehealth by telecommuting to work.
They are not limited to working at home.
For example, people with disabilities can also make use of telecare services to get appointments with a doctor, for example.
The move comes as India is trying to catch up to the US in terms of healthcare delivery, but with a big cost burden.
A recent study from the World Health Organization said that telehealth in India would cost about $1,000 a year, compared to about $3,000 in the US.
The government of India is taking steps to support the development of telecommute, as well as expand telehealth coverage.
But it is a slow process, said Suresh Prakash, managing director of telecommunication consultancy firm Global Consulting Group.
The health ministry has approved about 2,000 applications for telehealth licenses.
Some have been approved, and others are awaiting final approval.
“If you are not licensed, you are still allowed to get your phone number,” said Prashant Vora, who is working on a telehealth app for the health ministry.
He said telehealth services are also available for seniors, those with disabilities, and people with chronic health conditions.
“There are a few other special cases too, which can be covered in a special package,” Vora said.
The app allows people to connect with a teleworker and arrange appointments through the phone.
“The patient will be able to have their appointments made through the teleworker.
There is no cost for the teleworkers,” Voras said.
One of the biggest challenges in India is the availability of telemarketing.
“We are not making it as easy as we want,” said Vora.
A few companies are working on mobile telehealth apps.
“I am sure that one day it will be possible to have a phone in every home in the world,” Vorsaid.
“It will give a better experience for all.”
A new way of thinking About two years ago, India launched the first telehealth network in the subcontinent, called Airtel Mobi Telehealth.
Its launch was hailed as a major breakthrough for the country.
But as India’s healthcare costs have soared, the government has been scrambling to make it a reality.
One challenge is the technology, which uses a combination of telemedicine and smartphones.
In some states, telehealth has not been possible.
Airtels Mobile telehealth platform is being rolled out in the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and some remote parts of the country, including some in the Andaman Islands.
The project is based on a partnership with a mobile teleworker, who provides information on healthcare conditions and health care providers to the telehealth users.
The idea is to allow people to stay connected even when they are not in a hospital.
“People have been very happy with AirtELM so far, and they are willing to spend Rs. 10,000 to get their health records in the first batch,” said Rajesh Raj, CEO of Airtela.
In the next few years, there are plans to expand the coverage to more remote areas.
“AirtelM is a very powerful technology,” Rajesh said.
“And the mobile teleworking concept is very appealing to people in rural areas.”
The company is also working on providing telehealth solutions to people who are at home, like students, who do not have a car.
“But at the moment, there is no solution for those who live at home,” he said.
India has about 10 million rural residents and nearly half of them have no access to telehealth.
A big challenge is to help them get the right kind of care.
“That is one of the big challenges,” said Prakas.
In rural areas, telecare providers provide a range of services to those who do have a mobile telephone, including healthcare appointments and prescription medicines.
In areas like rural districts, where many of the people live in shanty towns, the main barrier to teleworking is the lack of a doctor.
“For the elderly, the problem is that there are not enough doctors in their community.
They don’t know where they should go for health care,” Voss said.
But the new health system will help them.
“They are being given more and more opportunities to be mobile,” Vonesaid.