New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Medical assistance company Credihealth on Wednesday entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to deliver its online health care services to people across the country through its 2.5 lakh common services centres.

Under this partnership, Credihealth will now deliver its services to consumers across 16,000 pin codes from urban, semi-urban, and rural areas of the country through these common services centres -- one of the key projects under the Digital India programme.

With 70 per cent of these centres located in rural regions, patients across Tier-3 and 4 locations, in addition to urban consumers, will be able to conveniently book appointments with doctors at any of its 630 partner hospitals.

"A majority of rural consumers in India face several problems when accessing medical services or seeking advanced treatment. Usually, the only option available to them is travelling several kilometres to the nearest city or town where there's a hospital, despite which there's seldom any guarantee that they will be able to find and book an appointment with the right doctor," Ravi Virmani, Founder and Managing Director of Credihealth, said in a statement.

"Through strategically located common services centres, Credihealth will now help solve this problem for patients across rural and urban areas, by providing them with easily accessible and affordable ways of consulting doctors and specialists from some of the leading hospitals and healthcare providers in the country," Virmani added.

Credihealth will also be offering exclusive discounted rates for consultations to low-income rural consumers.

With each service centres being equipped with computers, internet connectivity, and printers, Credihealth will soon also enable access to its remote diagnostics and telemedicine services for patients in the near future.

Currently, the online platform is operational in 14 cities across the country with a vast network comprising 630 hospitals and over 30,000 doctors, and has reached over six million customers till date.

--IANS

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