CTeL Spotlight: Forbes Highlights the Work of H4D

This is the first of an occasional series spotlighting the important, innovative work that CTeL members and clients are doing in the United States and beyond. 

What if going to the doctor and receiving a high-quality checkup was as simple as stepping into a kiosk? That’s what French company Health for Development (H4D), a CTeL member, has been working toward over the past decade. A recent piece published in Forbes highlighted the work of the company, which provides specialized telehealth kiosks that connect patients with health care providers for real-time exams. “We are providing a telemedical solution wherever people live, work, and travel,” Franck Baudino, H4D’s CEO, told the publication. “We want to create a global health care network that saves time and money by bringing the right care to people when and where they need it.”

H4D’s kiosks, which run on a cloud platform, include peripheral diagnostic equipment such as scales, blood pressure cuffs, and stethoscopes. The machine automatically measures and records patient vital signs before connecting patients with a physician via live video; the company employs a team of 40 remote physicians to conduct these video visits. (Another option: patients are able to “conduct guided, DIY checkups” on their own.) As H4D’s Baudino told Forbes, the company is careful in their hiring of these physicians. “It’s a new branch of medicine where the physician has to guide the patient,” he explained. “In addition to professional skills, we look for people who have superior empathy and the ability to communicate with patients on how to use the equipment so the sensors accurately transmit the data.”

The Forbes profile notes that the company’s core product “is the result of Baudino’s experiences as a physician in developing countries, where it might have taken days to reach patients in need, if at all.” Today, it’s being used in seven countries, and the company is looking to expand further. But perhaps most importantly, H4D has been praised for the personalized nature of the virtual visits. “Ninety-seven percent of our patients have said it’s the same experience as being in-person at a medical facility,” Baudino told Forbes.

Click here to read the Forbes article on H4D’s work.

Click here to learn more about H4D.

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