007 Is India the mHealth Paradise and How Much Improvement Can Digital Health Bring To The Country? (Prabhu Guptara, William Carey University)

It is hard to imagine the size of the country with 1.3 billion people. That is the approximate population of India. In healthcare, the country faces many challenges: a big shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas, big differences in access to healthcare, the influence of pollution and environment on population health. The healthcare system is private, the majority of expenses – 60 to 70 percent – are out of pocket. But when it comes to digital health, India looks like a promise land for developers. According to GSMA, India is now the world’s second-largest smartphone market, overtaking the US in the first half of 2016. By 2019, a third of that population – which amounts to 430 million people – is supposed to own a smartphone. Estimates of the number of mobile internet users by 2019 vary from 500 to 600 million people. In this episode, Prabhu Guptara – a Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management & Public Policy at William Carey University, India, a Member of Boards of different companies in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland – talks about societal, political and technological challenges in terms of digital health influence on population health. Suggestions, feedback & comments welcome at: tjasa.zajc@gmail.com finance.si or TW: @zajctjasa


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