Reliance Industries (RIL) said through its Jio Platform applications JioMeet and JioHealthHub, the company will be offering end-to-end digital healthcare services.
Speaking at the RIL 43rd AGM, Isha Ambani said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a fundamental shift in perspectives about health.
"We are seeing migration from physical healthcare system to digital platforms," said Isha Ambani said.
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Isha Ambani said the digital healthcare, comprises of three core pillars.
First is the strong Jio 4G mobile network and Jio Fibre Broadband provides connectivity required for high quality video calls.
Second will be the Jio Meet platform enabling seemless video consultations between patients and doctors and third is JioHealthHub providing end-to-end healthcare services.
"With our health platform, we are integrating overall healthcare ecosystem to enable people to book online consultations, securely store and share health records, book labs tests and avail various other healthcare services," Isha Ambani said.
In addition to grocery, RIL said it we will expand JioMart to cover pharmaceutical and healthcare in the days ahead.
JioMart is an online grocery delivery service, started as a joint venture between Reliance Retail and Jio Platforms.
RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said as soon as the corona vaccine becomes available, the organisation will volunteer by using the same digital distribution and supply chain, to ensure that the vaccine reaches every nook and corner of our country.
"In record time, we turned around our manufacturing facility to produce over 1 lakh PPEs and N95 masks every single day. And that too at one third the price of imported PPEs, as we remain committed to the “Make In India” mission," Ambani said.
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