by Brad P
India is one of the largest under developed countries in the world today. With underdevelopment and lack of technology come many hardships for the large population of India. One of the biggest problems they have is in their health care system. In many rural and urban areas the hospitals are way under financed due to government neglect as well as systematically ran inefficiently due to lack of technology and resources. This problem largely stems from many Indians not being registered in the government and therefore not having any form of identification. This causes problems for over crowded hospitals because they have no way of tracking and monitoring its patience effectively.
Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, proposed the idea of solving their health care issues with the simple use of inexpensive technology. Many attempts have been done in a way by the Indian government, but all have been unsuccessful due to lack of widespread literacy and unreliable resources. Gates proposes the idea of the National ID project where he wants to set a system that will document each Indian citizen and put it into a program, which will give people ID cards. The hope is to help hospitals and citizens easily identify each other more quickly as well as reach out to the lesser-developed areas.
Another way in which Gates wants to improve the quality of life in India is to bring text messaging to Farmers. This might seem like a far-fetched idea, but Gates is adamant about it. He feels that if farmers are able to communicate via text messaging, they can easily and quickly find out prices of their goods in other areas and therefore have a better idea when negotiating with middlemen.
The article moves on to say that the problems within India run a lot deeper than this. It is a result of many decades of corruption and governmental neglect. Also it is not a problem that can be fixed with the use of technology, but many say it is a step in the right direction. There has been no negative thought about this plan by the Indian government because they think it would be an innovative way to solve many of their countries issues. This goes to show that technology has the ability to improve the quality of life not only in developed areas but underdeveloped areas as well. We can see that IT is a dynamic sector and with pioneers such as Gates this world can become a smaller and more efficiently ran society.
by Brad P