May 17, 2020

Mumbai Mobile Van Project Bringing Healthcare to More of India

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Written by Alyssa Clark This week in Mumbai, a new service has been launched in order to better suit the needs, cares and disabilities plaguing the In...

Written by Alyssa Clark


This week in Mumbai, a new service has been launched in order to better suit the needs, cares and disabilities plaguing the Indian people, and means have been enacted in order to provide better, most accessible healthcare to those across the great country of India.

Mumbai now will have a medical van program, as part of the “Health at Doorstep” initiative, launched in order to better serve the remote locations of India, underprivileged citizens and generate overall wellness improvements for both adults and children living within the programs jurisdiction. The van’s program has been developed to target the following forms of illness: coughs, colds, fevers, infections, malaria, dengue, typhoid fever and hepatitis. With the country aggressively trying to better equip its people with the necessary means for overall good health maintenance, the sky is the limit in terms of what this project can bring to the country as a whole over time.

"The Mobile Medical Van is a unique initiative which will be carried out in Mumbai as part of the "Health at Doorstep" initiative. The main aim is to encourage higher quality PHC and promote health seeking behavior as well," added Vijay Chourey, head of transmission, Tata Power.

The vans were inaugurated by Varsha Gaikwad (minister of women and child development) and Eknath Gaikwad (member of parliament) at the Dharavi receiving station last week, and the country leaders are more than excited about this project’s potential and possibility for treating/administering help to those Indian people who so desperately need it. Serious cases of reported illness will of course be directly related and transferred to hospitals for more suitable and thorough care, since hospitals will hold more tools and resources than the vans can. The van program will include a working curative medicine system, with an emphasis on preventative medicine and also maternal-child healthcare as well.

"We appreciate these efforts towards community on employment, education, and empowerment and would like the company to partner with the state government as well," said Varsha Gaikwad, minister for women and child development.

The initiative hopes to encourage a higher health-seeking behavior in its Indian people, trying to encourage more preventive health measures, as well as a higher quality PHC for all patients. The mobile van program will service: Mahul, Ambada, Gavanpada, Prabuddha Nagar, Ayodhya Nagar, Bharat Nagar, Rahul Nagar, Prayag Nagar, Vishnu Nagar, Vashi Gaon and Jijamata Nagar in Chembur, Mankhurd East and West, Thakarbapa Colony- Kurla East, Dharavi — around 90 ft road up to Sion, Wadala and Parel, Tembhipada- Bhandup, Borivali East, Dahisar East and Mira Road East.

India has a population of over 700 million people who live in both the metropolitan and rural areas, with 636,000 villages and only 23,000 healthcare centers open to the public, it comes down to the fact that 66% of the Indian people do not have immediate access to critical medications and 31% have to travel a distance sometimes greater than 30km to seek any kind of healthcare, whether standard or emergency. Accommodating these logistical and personal needs, the van program helps to address and reduce these problems that are plaguing the Indian people, and important government leaders like Varsha Gaikwad and Eknath Gaikwad are hopeful this initiative could help to solve their problems. 


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Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global

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Jun 24, 2021

Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis

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Jvion's new interactive map uses AI to predict areas most vulnerable to poor mental health

Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map  of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health. 

The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH)  and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group. 

Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness. 

As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.  

The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals. 

The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic. 

With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map. 

“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.” 

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