Health Data, an Antidote for Public Health System to Fight COVID Pandemic
iKure is a social enterprise that delivers primary healthcare and wellness & prevention services to communities in India through innovative technology, trained frontline health workers, network of Hub & Spoke Clinics and focus on continuum of care. iKure focuses on addressing the primary healthcare needs across all settings – rural, semi-urban and urban areas.
COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions globally and presented multiple challenges for healthcare providers. We at iKure, have been focusing on multiple solutions and initiatives to address some of these challenges.
iKure is an award-winning, tech-driven, rapidly-growing, revenue-positive social enterprise that meets the primary health care and prevention needs through a unique combination of health outreach initiative, skills development, and technology intervention. The venture is poised to rapidly scale beyond its curative model, looking to the future of disease prevention and wellness for rural, semi-urban and urban people in India. iKure’s healthcare model has acquired extensive support and recognitions from across the world for being innovative, technologically advanced and sustainable.
iKure is catering to primary healthcare across rural, semi urban & urban population .
iKure has emerged as a leading public healthcare system leveraging disruptive technology innovations, scalable model and partnership ecosystem to build integrated continuum of care at the grassroots. Our model has been extensively adopted in the global context with focus on bringing sustained impact in health
"iKure"...an apparently small name, has created a paradigm change in the arena of social entrepreneurship on the foundation of three cardinal prongs of " Healthcare "..." Technology "..and " CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)...within a short period of entering operations..by means of exemplary inputs and
With the hopes for COVID-19 vaccine within reach is soaring high, there is still a population that continues to remain extremely vulnerable with large scale challenges in infectious, non-communicable diseases, malnutrition and addictions mostly complicated by poorly health seeking behaviour. OurRead More
iKure Techsoft Pvt. Ltd. has been selected to participate in a new ‘Peer learning network’ hosted by Microsoft and the ODI iKure has this week been announced as one of six organisations to take part in an international peer learning network for data collaborations. The network is hosted bRead More
We were at the first mile in the last mile. Our car driver whom we lovingly called Nattu was in high spirits praising the new road which has recently found a new shape after the smoothen pitch. Soon his sunlit smile faded when the road started getting narrow after taking first few turns from the NH6Read More
Covid-19 and the adaptation by iKure in the service offerings……with hints in the way ahead.... Preamble : Covid-19 has churned out the whole human civilization into an abyss of indefinite uncertainty..withapalling incidents and consequences ,including an unacceptable record of deathsand sRead More
“I am a cardiac patient. Doctor suggested me an immediate cardiac surgery before 6 months. But due to lockdown I couldn’t even travel to Kolkata. Ambulance charges become so high! Even train services are not available yet. What could be done? Should I die?”, Moidul Chacha was speaking about hiRead More
COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruptions globally and presented multiple challenges for healthcare providers. We at iKure, have been working on multiple initiatives to address some of these challenges. This article briefly presents some of the initiatives from iKure. 1.Read More
As we are sitting in the middle of the #lockdown, discussing our fear and uncertainty now and beyond due to the #pandemic, we being a primary healthcare organization, suddenly want to understand where did the public healthcare screw it up? With less than 1per cent of India's GDP spending on publiRead More
Dr. Tirumala Santra Mandal, Sr. Research & Communication Analyst, iKure brings forefront her experience in working with the other women of iKure who with her contributed and defined the venture’s entrepreneurial journey, carved new beginnings supported through women power and sisterhood- a must haRead More
Why does a healthcare provider need to grow? Or for that matter, why does any organization need to grow? There are many successful and profitable businesses that have consciously decided to remain small. Surely, growth can’t be a business imperative! For over a year now, I have been focusing onRead More
What is Continuity of Care? “Continuity of Care” is concerned with quality of care over time. It is the process by which the patient and his/her physician-led care team are cooperatively involved in ongoing health care management toward the shared goal of high quality and cost-effective medicRead More
This Day is observed on 29th September every year, to commemorate the great role this organ plays in the human system. On this day …we must make a pledge to create and sustain a heart healthy environment, by adopting healthy choices in our day to day lives,supplemented with a basic knowledge pRead More
This Day is observed on the 21st September every year, as a day in the World Alzheimer Month…by organisations and foundations worldwide with this name. Alzheimer’s disease is a slowly progressing cascade of cognitive decline affecting subjects in the senile age group and is regarded as multiRead More
Anemia is most prevalent in low-resource settings, where it goes undetected until becomes severe. Despite implementation of several initiatives by the Government, India has made only 13 per cent progress in eradicating anemia (Global Nutrition Report, 2017).1 Periodic screening and early diagnRead More
National Nutritional Week ( the first week of September) concept was created by the Govt. Of India in 1982 to emphasize,educate and create awareness among people on the importance of eating/drinking the right kind of nutrients and the impact it has on the health of a person. The word ‘NutritiRead More
iKure’s purpose of celebrating world senior citizen day is to raise awareness and support the health conditions of older people. 21st August is regarded as World Senior Citizen Day. Anyone beyond 60 years of age is a Senior Citizen by convention.We cannot help but lamenting that we cannot boastRead More
On World Mosquito Day, iKure shares 5 important facts to curb the outspread of the menace. 1. This day is observed every year on the August 20th , to commemorate the discovery of the female Anopheles mosquito as the notorious vector for the transmission of Malaria,through the Plasmodium parasiteRead More
Vision impairment due to lack of access to eye glasses has been identified as one of the largest unaddressed disabilities in the world. There are many remote villages, where getting a pair of eye glasses is a distant dream for many. With a pair of glasses costing pittance, 550 million people in IndiRead More
On a Tuesday afternoon, Shivani while returning from her field, noticed a banner in a primary school about a health awareness campaign for mothers and children. She found few of her friends waiting there too. Shivani enquired about it and came to know that the campaign was providing diagnostic testsRead More
1. That for children under one-year… sedentary screen time (such as watching TV or videos, playing computer games) is not recommended and that when sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged. 2. That children under two years of age should hRead More
Introduction: Every year 2.1 million patients die due to heart ailments in India. We have just 1 Cardiac Specialist for every 3 lakh patients. Although secondary and tertiary health care providers are engaged doing ECGs and several other vital collections to analyze heart health conditions, but nonRead More
Sleep is a periodical “switch off” from the immediate and remote surroundings…without any shut off of the body and brain…..a time for cellular rejuvenation and metabolic ‘house cleaning’…processing information acquired during wakefulness and a complex mechanism of warding off many illnRead More
“It is not because countries are poor that they cannot afford good health information; it is because they are poor that they cannot afford to be without it.” – Health Metrics Network, World Health Organization Introduction Health data is of paramount importance for public health policies, pRead More
Malaria is a dreaded disease since primitive times and time immemorial. There is no statistics on how many lives has been lost since the dawn of civilization, from this preventable malady…this far. It is a vector borne disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium species transmitted by the ubiqRead More
Smoking is a commonly abused potential to inhale tobacco/ items of substance abuse in the form of smoke through the upper naso-pharyngo-laryngeal passage. The list of substance(s) which could be taken in this manner is quite huge today... a few being... tobacco and a gamut of items under the headingRead More
Due to our lives getting complex with the passage of time, this topic assumes an enormous dimension, for the upkeep of a healthy society. ''Health Screening" is the need of the hour for every member of a progressive nation, helping build a sound future of a country. 'Health Screening' is almost aRead More
Adapted from: National Network for Immunization Information) Copyright 2000, and the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The safety and effectiveness of a vaccine depends on how it is made and what it contains. There are four main ways to develop vRead More
In India, anemia is identified as a serious health issue where half of the country’s women of reproductive age are anemic. Despite the fact Government of India has implemented several initiatives for eradicating anemia, only 13 per cent improved women cases have been registered as per Global NutRead More
Illness never sees how rich or poor you are or neither judge you being affluent or dissolute, but when it hits, it hits equally hard to all of us- helpless, clueless and money less! In India, where the healthcare is being the most neglected for decades, and accessibility, affordability and qualiRead More
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are leading cause of premature mortality. According to Indian State-Level Disease Burden Initiative report, disease burden of India has shifted from Communicable, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional diseases (CMNNDS) to non- communicable diseases over the period of 19Read More
Things NOT to consume 1. All Fried Stuff...KFC / McDonald’s / Deep Fried Items etc. 2. All soft drinks...such as Colas / Fruit Juices and fizzy drinks 3. Mutton of bigger animals... Beef/goat/pork/steaks/non b veg burgers/salami etc. 4. Frequent Fried Rice products... Biryani / Fried RRead More
What is Diabetes Mellitus? Diabetes is a condition in which an abnormality in the metabolism results in high glucose level in the blood due to defective insulin production, secretion or utilization. Classic Symptoms Increased thirst Excessive urination Fatigue Delayed recovery frRead More
The need: Jayashree,is a Community Health Worker(CHWs) in her village called Hubli, in Karnataka. One day,while she visited a woman named Pushpa in her first trimester,she looked quite unwell. On enquiring Pushpa was found to suffer from Epilepsy. Her family also revealed, she has been prescribed wiRead More
Key words: Anemia, Antenatal Care, Data analysis, cloud computing, MMR and IMR Context: The Burden of anemia in India is a major public health issue. More than 50% women and 20% children suffer from anemia and a leading cause of 40% maternal deaths in the country. In the state of KarnatRead More
Preface: I was given a rather daunting task by one of my acquaintances to put down some tips on good health for general information to my fellow crowd and beyond to humanity at large. Naturally it was difficult to decide where to start from, since the target readers may be from all strata and communRead More
Bringing Healthcare to India's Last Mile Community-iKure's story published by CNN website, content created by IBM. Click on the link below to read the full article: http://advertisementfeature.cnn.com/2020/ibm/last-mile-healthcare/?utm_medium=cnn&utm_source=shth&utm_campaign=ibmlm__apac&fbclid=IwAR0M0oPLMQBbHNJ0MwbFCtwD_HQI1GLJasaW57izv66XneKvbLP9p72VK58
Miller Centre for social enterprise supports iKure for its pivotal role in the India’s Covid-19 surge. Miller Centre’s alumni social enterprise partners are stepping up in the wake of this systemic collapse and not only providing frontline care to save lives and slow the spread, but working to build a more resilient and inclusive system that can better care for the diverse needs of India’s most vulnerable populations. To know more click the link below: https://www.millersocent.org/sp
AFI Supports iKure to fight the COVID second wave that has caused huge devastation in India. iKure’s rapid response for COVID-19 has garnered extensive support from the global networking forums. We look forward to serve our best in the crisis ahead.
iKure selected as the faces of Vibrant Bharat that celebrates pathbreaking work done by the sociopreneurs. It acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work done by the socially aware organisations, which are at the forefront of change, making tangible. impact. Click on the link to read more: https://faces.grantthornton.in/sociopreneurs/Sujay-Santra/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0GSZiW91pr__vmiH9Oja5sib6iz2cKfUEAiG2IAd7VZJbZjlJhF9Gb2kQ
iKure Techsoft Pvt. Ltd. selected as one of the finalists of the 11th Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) - India Award, 2020. The venture is in the top four finalists selected from 100 diverse applications, across 23 cities. Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, a not for profit organisation of Jubilant Bhartia Group, selected iKure through a rigorous process of evaluation based on background resear
Sujay Santra – Founder & CEO-iKure recognized as Meaningful Business 100 Leader for 2020. This award celebrates business leaders around the world combining proﬁt with purpose to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Emerging Market innovation Award for affordable primary healthcare in Rural India.... iKure has directly served 1 million patients in 8 states in India and in East Africa. But this is just a beginning and we need to join hands to serve more population.
iKure receives appreciation from UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner for contribution towards Sustainable Development Goals in the field of primary healthcare.
CIIE IIM Ahmedabad celebrated ten years of fostering innovation driven entrepreneurship by assembling a Coffee Table book. It has been our privilege and joy that iKure is part of this prestigious compilation of top inspiring entrepreneurs. The book has been diligently designed & curated with great pictures & content. Thank you CIIE for considering us as a part of your Journey!
iKure CEO, Sujay Santra had the opportunity to be part of a global platform MIT SOLVE as a finalist & present iKure to a global audience. On September 23, a group of 60 promising social entrepreneurs from around the globe convened in New York City at Solve Challenge Finals. The event brought together the Solve community with a diverse group of innovators. It was a huge opportunity to learn & an opportunity to present our works on a Global platform.
iKure CEO, Sujay Santra got an opportunity to deliver a talk at the CEMS Block Seminar at the prestigious IIM Calcutta. CEMS (previously known as Community of European Management School) is a globally reputed alliance of 31 leading business schools and over 73 odd multinationals. A lecture was given to a group of International MBA students on the topic "Innovations and entrepreneurship to drive the emerging rural economies" and how iKure is playing a key role in it.
Sujay Santra in Josh Talks shares his experiences with the high spirited, enthusiastic engineering students of Jadavpur about his entrepreneurial venture, key learning, challenges and achievements. His talk has crossed more than 13K views in just 10 days.
iKure got the opportunity to be in the IIH Summit and meet the Health Innovators from across the globe, leading Pharma companies who are willing to collaborate with us, device companies, potential investors & collaborators.
Sujay Santra invited as a speaker at WSIS Forum, Geneva. The WSIS Forum is the World`s largest annual multi-stakeholder summit dedicated to ICTs as a force for good. The forum was organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with other United Nations (UN) agencies.
Sri. Sujay Santra selected in ‘100 most impactful healthcare leaders’ by World Health & Wellness Congress. It is considered as one of the largest rendezvous of Healthcare Leaders & sees participation from more than 25 countries. The programme is intensely researched by a team of leaders who has an in-depth knowledge of the subject and believes in contributing to the profession.
iKure wins Global Sourcing Council’s 2017 3s Award, powered by UN, New York. 3S Award recognizes enterprises that leverage technology innovation in order to create social and environmental impact. iKure has won the first position in the category of ‘Innovation via Technology’.
iKure wins NDTV’s first ever Unicorn Award-2016in the category of ‘Good Samaritan Award’ for its path breaking, disruptive innovation in rural health care.
iKure wins South Asia mBillionth Award for developing an interactive maternal and child health care assessment tool that are used by iKure’s CHWs in last mile community to detect pregnancy complications in particular (anemia and preeclampsia)and screen children between the age of (12-24) months for early symptoms and patterns concerning for developmental delays which are referred to specialists for further management.
Sujay Santra, Founder & CEO of iKure conferred with ASHOKA FELLOWSHIP- global changemaker of the world. Ashoka Fellows are the leading social entrepreneurs who are recognized for their innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. The award was presented by Sri. Pranab Mukherjee, former president of India.
Amidst the backdrop of limited possibilities for the rural population to get needed health care, iKure was incepted in 19 April, 2010. iKure entered the health care market as a for-profit social enterprise with incubation support from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur along with Webel Venture Fund, an..Read More
As setting up health centres was not enough for efficient operation, iKure developed cloud based patent pending software called Wireless Health Incident Monitoring System (WHIMS) which ran on low internet bandwidths. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has defined flows and processes with multilevel secured credentials and highest level of data encryption. WHIMS..Read More
iKure’s health workers represent a strategic solution by seamlessly connecting the rural community with healthcare system across distances.Our efforts begin through skillful training of core group of locals belonging to the rural community. We provide short term training course to facilitate basic healthcare education. Recruiting potential applicants from the community,..Read More
1.iKure growth relies on a Business-to-Business (B2B) model, establishing effective and strategic partnership with key stakeholders, while creating whole ecosystem in services areas to provide accessible and affordable health care and preventive services. At ground level, iKure ties up with the local NGOs, which helps iKure to build trust with..Read More
Our spirit of bringing disruption in healthcare is also extended to building sustainable solutions in rural health. With the introduction of iKure Digital Health Cards(iDHC), we offer services at great quality and reduced costs enabling social inclusion of the poor in a sustainable way. The iDHC are available with a..Read More
NEXT-lab, a new capstone course at MIT Sloan, brought together a diverse team of Executive MBA students in partnership with iKure to develop recommendations for concrete actions iKure could take to scale its operations and realize its vision of becoming the technology-driven leader in preemptive and preventive health and wellness..Read More
iKure extends its foothold in Vietnam through Medical alliance HM Group to focus on connecting patients with the right doctors through apps that can be accessed in remote areas. iKure leveraging Wireless Health Incident Monitoring Systems-WHIMS will aim to improve access to health information, reduce redundancy in diagnostics, patient’s health..Read More
With growing shifts towards primary care, patients are increasingly embracing a holistic view of their health. iKure capitalized on the shifting trends by expanding its portfolio of services through expansion of 9 hubs to serve patients more holistically and tailoring care effectively to serve their needs. Our focus on providing..Read More
As many Hospital OPDs have been closed down due to COVID-19 this has put senior citizens suffering from Chronic Ailments such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac issues with a lot of challenges. Many patients do not have smartphones, even if they do they cannot operate smart phones for a complex task..Read More
As the pandemic has hit the country like a storm, iKure, through its ground-breaking innovations is bringing effective measures to contain the COVID spread. Snapshots of the initiatives below: Remote Health Monitoring Support: Expanding access to COVID-19 positive patients through remote monitoring services. The coordinated medical support, delivered through a hub-and-spoke model, provides patients with continuous..Read More