Health Kiosks - Democratizing Healthcare in India
India is known for its population density, diverse culture, and a booming economy. However, when it comes to healthcare access, India is still struggling to provide affordable and quality healthcare services to its citizens. The country has a low doctor to patient ratio, and many people living in rural areas have to travel long distances to access healthcare services. But the good news is that Health Kiosks are becoming increasingly popular in India, and they are democratizing healthcare by providing easy access to healthcare services.
Health Kiosks are self-contained medical units that are equipped with medical devices, such as blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, ECG machines and other point of care devices. These devices are connected to a cloud-based platform that allows doctors to remotely monitor and diagnose patients. Health Kiosks have become a popular solution in India as they provide affordable, accessible, and high-quality healthcare services to people living in remote areas.
According to a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research, rural India has only one doctor for every 30,000 people, which is well below the World Health Organization’s recommendation of one doctor per 1,000 people. Health Kiosks are bridging this gap by providing basic healthcare services such as blood pressure and glucose monitoring, ECG tests, and consultations with doctors. In addition, Health Kiosks are also equipped with telemedicine facilities, allowing patients to consult with doctors remotely and avail prescriptions for medications.
The use of Health Kiosks has increased significantly in recent years. According to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com, the Indian Health Kiosk market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.2% from 2020 to 2025. The report also states that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of Health Kiosks in India, as people are more cautious about visiting hospitals and clinics.
Health Kiosks are not only benefiting patients but also healthcare providers. They are reducing the workload of doctors and nurses by providing basic healthcare services to patients remotely. In addition, Health Kiosks are also reducing the cost of healthcare services, making them more accessible to people from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Clinics on Cloud, a leading Health Kiosk manufacturer in India, whose kiosks have been installed in over 1,000 locations across the country. Coined as Health ATMs, the Indian manufacturer Clinics on Cloud, have equipped their devices with state-of-the-art medical devices and are designed to provide easy access to healthcare services to people living in the remotest of areas. An aggregation of CE/FDA certified devices with HIPPA compliant backend software, the device can test 23+ basic parameters. This is supported by an analytics platform based on the digital health records of patients which is beneficial for impact analysis and disease surveillance. Organizations can then make use of this data to optimize delivery implementation on the ground level.
Over the last few years, the use of health kiosks has seen significant growth, and this trend is expected to continue in the years ahead. As more people become aware of the benefits of these kiosks, their popularity is likely to increase, paving the way for greater accessibility to healthcare across the country.
- Indian Council of Medical Research. (2018). Rural Health Statistics 2017-2018. Retrieved from https://www.icmr.nic.in/sites/default/files/press_realease_files/Rural%20Health%20Statistics%202017-18.pdf
- ResearchAndMarkets.com. (2020). India Health Kiosk Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020-2025). Retrieved from https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5122503/india-health-kiosk-market-growth-trends-and
Different tests available within Health ATM
- Body Temperature
- NI BP (Blood Pressure)
- Subcutaneous Fat
- Visceral Fat
- Body Water
- Skeletal Muscle
- Muscle Mass
- Bone Mass
- Fat Free Weight
- Vision Test
- Pulse Oximeter
- BMI (Body Mass Index)
- Body Fat
- Metabolic Age
- Health Score
- SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation)