Piramal e-Swasthya VISION To Democratize Healthcare MISSION To provide reliable, high quality and affordable primary healthcare to no-doctors zones of Rural India GOAL To enable services in 100000 villages by 2013
An initiative by Ajay G Piramal Foundation and a subsidiary of Piramal Healthcare.
eSwasthya Working Model Local literate women (PiramalSwasthyaSevaks) are recruited undergo a rigorous training programme in which they are trained to collect simple diagnostic information, preventive medicine, first-aid and customer service. These women are given a medical kit, marketing material and a mobile phone. They are then assisted in setting up a tele-clinic (Piramal e-Swasthya Centre) at their own homes. Villagers who feel ill come to the Piramal e-SwasthyaCenter or are visited by the PiramalSwasthyaSevak. After talking to and examining the patient, the health care worker communicates this diagnostic data through a cell-phone to a centralized call centre. At the back end, a call centre worker enters the information provided into a simple e-diagnosis system, which generates an automated response with the recommended prescription and treatment. Doctors manning the call centre also validate this. The total treatment costs between Rs.30 - Rs.50 depending on the medical condition. The Piramal e-Swasthya Centre is also a village level pharmacy stocked with medicines necessary to fill the basic prescriptions recommended by the call centre. If the ailment appears serious, the call centre recommends that the patient visit a secondary or tertiary healthcare facility immediately. The healthcare worker also conducts preventive health workshops, which generate awareness about issues such as sanitation, nutrition and first aid.