BANGALORE, India -- After training and working abroad, medtech entrepreneurs are coming back to India with health care solutions to serve the Indian market, especially the country’s poor.
Most Indian medical electronics startups are founded by medical or engineering professionals, many of them trained at Harvard, MIT or Cambridge. After studying and working abroad, this new wave of entrepreneurs has come to India to develop products specifically for the Indian market, especially the country’s poor and underserved.
Their aim is to provide convenient, affordable solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of disease by combining traditional research methodologies with emerging technologies.
What follows is a closer look at how the new technology-driven Indian health care infrastructure is evolving.
About 77 percent of Indians -- 850 million people -- live on less than half a dollar a day. As this poster illustrates, health care is largely unavailable to most since the Indian medical system does not offer primary care services. (Source: Coloribus Archives)
According to the World Health Organization, India ranks near the bottom globally in the availability of hospital beds at 0.9 beds per 1,000. The global average is 2.9 beds.
Nope, just an accompanying slideshow designed to illustrate the scope of the health care problems of 850 million Indians who live on less than $1 a day. These guys went home to try to serve the underserved and make a few bucks doing it.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.