ince about 75% of Indians live in remote rural areas and more than 75% of doctors live in cities, there is a large discrepancy in healthcare distribution. The Indian government, with the help of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has connected rural hospitals with city-based specialty hospitals through their GSAT satellites This network allows those in rural areas to have access to healthcare professionals and specialists. It also allows for mobile telemedicine units in remote villages.
A typical small health center telemedicine system includes a computer, software, and several medical devices (EKG, X-ray or scanner). Images and test results can then be sent to specialist doctors who can interpret the results and suggest treatment through video-conferencing.
In regards to India's telemedicine initiative, L.S. Sathyamurthy, Vice President of Telemedicine at ISRO, said,
“There are 650 district hospitals, 3,000 taluk [subdistrict] hospitals, and more than 23,000 primary health centers in the country. We must aim to connect all these in phases—first the district hospital connected to speciality hospitals in major cities, then the taluk-level hospitals, and finally the primary health centers, so that nobody, irrespective of his location, is deprived of lifesaving specialty consultation.”