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The Impact of Health ATMs in Revolutionizing Rural Healthcare

Written by : Jayati Dubey

June 9, 2023

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Rural areas make up the majority of India's population, and nearly two-thirds of the country is made up of villages. Rural India has fewer doctors and fewer readily available healthcare services than urban areas. Rural people have access to government hospitals, however there are insufficient of them to meet everybody's prerequisites. In rural areas, health literacy and staffing shortages are also major issues.

Nowadays, businesses are utilizing technology to improve rural healthcare in order to address these issues. Inaccessible locations are being served by cutting-edge startups by utilizing digital health solutions to provide primary and preventive healthcare services. The objective is to enable the impeded section of society by giving early illness identification and treatment, prompting more fruitful results.

The use of Health ATMs is one of the most ground-breaking innovations in the medical field. These robotized machines can perform pathological tests, manage prescriptions, and help patients in counselling specialists through the machine's virtual region. Features like touch-screen kiosk hardware are included in the design, which is similar to that of an ATM. This machine can check up to 60 parameters in as little as 15 minutes, such as the patient's height, weight, body temperature, blood glucose, blood pressure, and levels of oxygen saturation and non-invasive and invasive heart checks.

There are numerous ways that the Indian healthcare industry could benefit from the installation of health ATMs in rural areas. One of the main benefits is that it is a cloud-connected platform that empowers telemedicine, permitting patients in distant districts to talk with specific and certified specialists, hospitals, and clinics for best treatment. Additionally, paramedics may be trained to use this machine for diagnostic tests. People who live in far-flung rural areas will have access to basic healthcare services and early disease detection through the installation of health ATMs. This will allow them to take timely medication and keep the disease from getting worse.

Health ATMs can also save time and money for people who don't put their health above a fast-paced lifestyle by running tests without having to wait a long time. Additionally, the ATMs store systematic patient data that can be accessed at any time, from any location. In conclusion, health ATM technology is revolutionizing rural healthcare by making primary and preventive healthcare services affordable and accessible. The execution of health ATMs in rural regions can bridge the gap between urban and rural healthcare and work on the overall health of the rural population.


About Chime India

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org

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