Making it Matter in India
Neelam Dhawan is VP & General Manager, Enterprise Group; Country Managing Director.
India is an emerging and dynamic country. While in many instances it is at the forefront of technology, 69 percent of Indians live in rural areas with little infrastructure. In these areas, many people have no access to telephones or even electricity.
A quick look at the statistics illustrates the challenges at hand:
- About 57 percent of rural elementary schools (primary and upper primary) in India have less than four classrooms and little or no electricity.
- About 66 percent of the rural population in India lacks access to preventive medicines and almost 31 percent has to travel over 30 kilometers to receive medical treatment.
- Infectious diseases account for 40 percent of deaths in rural areas, compared to 23 percent in urban areas.
As one of the country’s largest technology providers, HP provides IT infrastructure through various initiatives, including via partnerships with the Indian government. Through these initiatives, HP technology is deployed to enable innovative solutions in healthcare and education that address the country’s unique problems to help further economic growth.
Several projects currently underway pair HP technology such as software, networking and personal systems with creative delivery methods to address some of rural India’s most pressing needs. Here’s is a snapshot of how HP is living its “Make it Matter” ethos in India:
- eHealth Center: Mobile health units constructed in shipping containers are quickly transported by air, rail or land and allow paramedics to consult with skilled doctors through videoconferencing, bringing healthcare solutions to remote areas and collecting crucial data to advance medical research.
- Virtual Health Platform: Quality psychiatric care is provided to rural India through a virtual health van and remote centers outfitted with media diagnostic equipment networked to a central hub using HP technology, enabling healthcare professionals to virtually conduct consultations with patients.
- Lab-in-a-Box: Self-sustainable computer labs housed in shipping containers have 15 HP multi-seat thin client workstations, a multifunctional printer, wireless connectivity, electricity, furniture, fans and air conditioning. These computer Labs-in-a-Box allow multiple users to be connected to one PC to maximize space while reducing cost and energy usage.
- HP LIFE: HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that helps students, potential entrepreneurs and small business owners establish and grow their businesses by providing online and face-to-face training in IT and business skills.
- HP Catalyst Initiative: The HP Catalyst Initiative is focused on promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to spur global innovation. In India, a STEM approach is used to address local challenges and foster spirit of entrepreneurship among rural students.
- Laptop order from Uttar Pradesh Government: HP's Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) team in India scored a major victory when the government of Uttar Pradesh chose HP as the exclusive provider of 1.5 million laptops to 12th-grade students like Neha across the state. Her story is one of several instances where HP’s products are touching lives and truly making a difference.
These projects are proof that technology can have a positive impact on people’s lives and can help solve some of society’s most complex problems. In fact, HP was recognized for its eHealth Centre initiative, winning a Corporate Excellence Award in the “Best Innovation” category at the CMO Asia Awards. Innovation is at the heart of HP and conducting our business in ways that positively impact society and the planet has been a part of our corporate objectives since 1957. Combining the two can be a very powerful thing! HP is proud to be at the forefront of those solutions, bringing the depth and breadth of its portfolio to bear in making a difference.