Reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment – SDG 3; Target 3.4

Problem Statement – Awareness and knowledge of Non-Communicable Diseases at the BoP within underserved communities and effectively managing these slow killers.

Did you know that 69% of the population in rural areas is dependent on the public health system? This would call for a robust healthcare mechanism that reaches the BoP and underserved communities for equitable access to primary healthcare. Furthermore, the contribution of most of the major non-communicable disease groups to the total disease burden has increased all over India since 1990, including Cardiovascular Diseases, Hypertension, Asthma, Diabetes, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Cancer. Overall, 61.8 % of all deaths in India are due to non- communicable diseases. 

Steps taken to combat this situation – The Indian government has taken positive steps to improve equitable access to primary healthcare through Ayushman Bharath (AB) by enhancing facilities at Health & Wellness Centers (erstwhile Sub Centers). However, a major challenge has been adequate coverage due to workforce inadequacies. 80% of India’s registered Doctor of Modern Medicine work in cities. Additionally, there is an identified shortage of 600,000 Doctors and 2 million nurses.

Need – The pandemic has brought into focus an inescapable need for digitally transforming the care delivery mechanism particularly at the last mile for harnessing impact of communicable and NCDs. 

Solution – Technology driven solutions that can function seamlessly in a Low / no connectivity environment and those that can be deployed at the doorstep within deep rural / tribal areas to screen, risk evaluate and flow the people into the care continuum may be the solution to ensure reduction in premature mortality of NCDs through prevention and treatment.

Healthkon’s PHR solution combines Medical IoT and SaaS to enable screening populations in Low / No connectivity areas at scale in Indian States. 300,000 people were screened, and risk evaluated over the past 6 months and the goal is to cover 1 million by Mar ’23.

Ai driven inputs to monitor health of communities in general and individuals in particular have helped in identifying 3.37% for hypertension and 3.07% for Diabetes of the population screened for NCDs while enabling management of chronic diseases of the other affected population through its Tier 2 solution based on RPM and Teleconsultations in a Hub & Spoke setting across the state.


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