2009  Finalist

Avi Clinics

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India

Avi Clinics envisions transforming rural healthcare in India by using telemedicine. Merely 3% of India’s qualified medical staff lives in rural India compared to 70% of its overall population. The current rural public healthcare infrastructure is woefully inadequate. Moreover, qualified doctors are reluctant to establish private practice in rural areas because of poor civil infrastructure. As a result, there is an abundance of qualified doctors in urban areas, where only highly specialized doctors eventually become successful in establishing profitable private practices. Avi Clinics intends to bridge the gap between rural patients who seek quality healthcare and the qualified urban doctors who struggle to sustain profitable practices. Avi Clinics will enable doctors in urban centers to provide medical services to rural patients over a wireless long distance network called WiLDNet, which was pioneered by Professor Eric Brewer of UC Berkeley.