iKure Techsoft provides affordable medical services to patients in rural and remote part through Rural Health Centres (RHCs), supported by a software platform that is designed to work in areas with sporadic electricity and Internet connectivity. The platform enables centralized monitoring and communication with urban hospitals for consultation or escalation.
Founder: Sujay Santra
Funding: Raised Rs 70 lakh ($114,217) in a seed round of funding in March from Japanese impact investment firm ARUN LLC, Mumbai Angels and existing angels investors from the Intellecap Impact Investment Network.
How it works: The company has established a network of Rural Health Centres (RHCs) across remote areas of West Bengal. Each of its RHCs are manned by qualified MBBS doctors, nurses, paramedics and diagnostic test facilities. The health centers are linked with tertiary hospitals for real time consultation and escalation. The company’s cloud-based platform is available on subscription, starting Rs 2,000 a month. This is capable of running even at low bandwidth speeds of 10 kbps.
Current status: More than 200,000 patients have benefited from iKure’s services. It currently runs 12 RHCs in West Bengal.
What next: Plans to scale the number of RHCs to 25 and expand operations to Orissa. Expects to impact 800,000 rural residents by 2014.
iKure is a finalist at the Sankalp Awards 2014.
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