Dr. Sameer Khan of Cal­lHealth

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Cancer and de­pres­sion are the two ma­jor health is­sues faced by women in Hy­der­abad. City doc­tors call for bet­ter health strate­gies and aware­ness to re­duce the bur­den of cer­vi­cal, breast can­cers and de­pres­sion in women. On the oc­ca­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Women's Health Day on May 28, doc­tors cau­tion that pro­longed neg­li­gence may emerge as a ma­jor risk to woman's health. A lit­tle plan­ning on health and simple pre­ven­tive mea­sures will go a long way in check­ing can­cers and de­pres­sion. They sug­gest that reg­u­lar health checkup will stop many dis­eases. One should not wait for the symp­toms and body signs for di­ag­no­sis of health is­sues. Ac­cord­ing to the Hu­man Papil­lo­mavirus and Re­lated Dis­eases Re­port, 2017, breast cancer makes up about one-fourth of all types of can­cers in women. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, one in every 28 women is prone to breast cancer dur­ing life­time. Those above 50 are at a higher risk, though the risk be­gins to in­crease in women af­ter early 30s. In cities like Hy­der­abad where pol­lu­tion is a daily prob­lem the risk of breast cancer is even higher - one in 22 women. Physi­cian and lifestyle coach, Dr Ravi Mo­dali, says that breast cancer is the most preva­lent amongst women in the age group of 40-65. It is im­per­a­tive for them to get reg­u­lar check- ups, es­pe­cially due to the hered­i­tary character of the dis­ease. "Cer­vi­cal cancer, the third largest cause of cancer mor­tal­ity in In­dia, ac­counts for up to 10 per cent of deaths amongst all cancer cases. The sooner cancer is di­ag­nosed, more are the chances of it get­ting cured. Dr Sameer Khan of Cal­lHealth says can­cers can be de­tected quite early us­ing genome map­ping that mines valu­able pa­tient in­for­ma­tion like fam­ily health his­tory . "It is eas­ier now to de­tect can­cers at early stage. We have less in­va­sive tech­niques to gauge the stage of the cancer and quickly take the next steps, like breast ther­mog­ra­phy. Physi­cians can sug­gest apt treat­ment met hods for in­di­vid­ual pati ents," he added. In case of cer­vi­cal cancer, the on set age

in women is 21 to 67 years. Health ex­perts al so em­pha­sise the need for speak­ing out and ex­press­ing the "bot­tled-up thoughts". One should not be hes­i­tant to avail of med­i­cal treat­ment for health is­sues. Be­sides women, chil­dren and ado­les­cents are vul­ner­a­ble to men­tal dis­or­ders. Of­fi­cial data re­veals that about eight per­cent of women and men are prone to one or other type of men­tal dis­or­der.What is wor­ry­ing is that those in the teens are more prone to men­tal health is­sues. The most com­mon health is­sues are de­pres­sive episode and re­cur­rent de­pres­sive dis­or­der, ago­ra­pho­bia, in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, autism spec­trum dis­or­der, pho­bic anx­i­ety dis­or­der, psy­chotic dis­or­der and de­pres­sion.

Cal­lHealth in talks with in­sur­ers to help bring down claims ra­tio

Cal­lHealth, an in­te­grated health­care ser­vices startup, is in talks with in­sur­ers to help them val­ueadd pre­ven­tive care ser­vices to cus­tomers. The move aims to im­prove well­ness, help­ing in­sur­ers sig­nif­i­cantly bring down claims ra­tio and even­tu­ally the cost of health in­sur­ance. Cal­lHealth was founded by Sand­hya Raju, daugh­ter- in­law of Ra­ma­linga Raju, the founder of scam-hit Satyam Com­put­ers. The startup has mo­bilised Rs 200 crore from key in­dus­try cap­tains. It has also fi­nalised in­vest­ment bankers to raise Rs 200 crore of pri­vate eq­uity in­vest­ments. "Cal­lHealth is tar­get­ing to soon han­dle a mil­lion cus­tomers and is now in talks with some of In­dia's large in­sur­ance play­ers to help them of­fer value added ser­vices like pre­ven­tive health­care and well­ness to their cus­tomers," Hari Tha­la­palli, CEO of Cal­lHealth, told ET. "Cou­ple of large pri­vate sec­tor in­sur­ers were en­thused by our pro­posed model of the value added ser­vices, apart from the en­tire gamut of health­care ser­vices, which not only helps their cus­tomers im­prove their health but also po­ten­tially helps in­sur­ers to sig­nif­i­cantly bring down the claims ra­tio," he said. Tha­la­palli did not dis­close the iden­tity of the in­sur­ers, say­ing Cal­lHealth has en­tered into con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments with them and a joint an­nounce­ment could be ex­pected once a for­mal pact is signed. Cal­lHealth of­fers doc­tor con­sul­ta­tions, di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices, home­care, phys­io­ther­apy and de­liv­ery of medicines. Its ser­vices also in­clude med­i­cal ap­point­ments and surg­eries on a pri­or­ity ba­sis. Users can ac­cess the ser­vices by phone, web­site and mo­bile app. The startup, which has touched nearly one-lakh house­holds with 1.5 lakh cus­tomers in Hy­der­abad over the last year or so, is test­ing its plat­form across Delhi. "We are also look­ing at evolv­ing from a B2C to B2B player and are in con­ver­sa­tions with play­ers in in­sur­ance and tele­com space, among oth­ers, to come up with a B2B to B2C play, wherein in we work through them to be a layer of con­tact for their cus­tomers," said Tha­la­palli. G Srini­vasan, chair­man of New In­dia As­sur­ance Com­pany, said the trend in health in­sur­ance is go­ing to be build­ing well­ness into the health in­sur­ance space. "It will def­i­nitely help the in­sur­ers to bring down the claims ra­tio and ul­ti­mately it can bring down the cost of health in­sur­ance," he told ET. "It is still in early stages and you will see more and more such prod­ucts com­ing from the in­sur­ance com­pa­nies." In a bid to ex­pand its port­fo­lio of ser­vices, part­ners and cus­tomer base, Cal­lHealth has hired Sreekanth Nadella, a char­tered ac­coun­tant­turned-tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist, as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and Madhu Got­tumukkala, a former HTC, Sam­sung and Poly­com ex­ec­u­tive, as CTO.

Dr. Sameer Khan of Cal­lHealth

G Srini­vasan, Chair­man of New In­dia As­sur­ance Com­pany

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