By Health In Five Writer
Global Telehealth platform Docty is aiming to set up 100 Digital Health Kiosks across Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. As a part of this “Phygital Care” program “Gali Gali Mein Digital Clinic”, Docty has partnered with 100+ offline stores, local pharmacies, photo-copy centres, and internet cafes in these geographies. This initiative is dedicated to improving digital healthcare accessibility for the rural and impoverished urban communities of India.
Through these 100 Kiosks managed by Docty’s local partners, the financially weak and non-tech-savvy residents of these states would have faster accessibility to online consultations, prescriptions, EMRs, discounted pharmacies and lab services. Additionally, these Kiosks will also enable residents to consult doctors across 28+ specialties.
The program is presently operating in more than 20 locations. It will continue to establish 100 Kiosks to thoroughly cover a distance of 1,400 km between Mumbai and Vizag, over the next 6 months. In this Phygital Care initiative which is focused on targeting high-density slum areas, towns, and villages, Docty Kiosks will be set-up at every 3 kms in cities, and 5 kms in villages, providing access to quality healthcare.
Ramya Subramanian, Co-founder, CEO & COO, Docty’s said, “Digital Healthcare in rural areas is complicated due to the lack of qualified professionals, digital infrastructure, and non-tech-savviness of individuals living in these regions. To tackle these challenges, Docty identified the need for establishing local support centres that could empower people with multiple benefits of Digital Health, through a one-stop integrated platform. Additionally, Docty’s Digital Health Kiosks will also be significant in reducing digital illiteracy in India.”
Over 2022-23, Docty plans to further expand its Digital Health Kiosks across Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, covering all their surrounding villages and tier-3 cities.