Description of Innovation

The majority of India’s population (70%) lives in rural villages, with limited to no access to healthcare services. Rural India also faces a rising chronic disease burden and a lack of preventive services. For most rural Indians, quality medical care is not affordable or accessible.

The SughaVazhvu model provides technology-enabled, evidence-based primary healthcare through a network of clinics in rural Indian villages. SughaVazhvu trains health workers of varying levels of education and licensure to utilize protocol-based medicine and technological innovations, building the skills of the existing rural healthcare workforce. SughaVazhvu also conducts community-based risk screening, subscription-based disease management, and community engagement. A rapid-risk assessment allows them to identify high-risk populations for chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The data analytic capability built in to their health information system allows SughaVazhvu to monitor population-level health outcomes.

SughaVazhvu currently runs a network of seven clinics that reach a population of 70,000 individuals. SughaVazhvu clinics have provided primary healthcare services to 40,000 patients and conducted community-based risk screening for diabetes and hypertension among 6,000 adults. SughaVazhvu plans to establish 100 new clinics, reaching 500,000 new patients, in the next 3 years.