Ajoy Khandheria, CEO, Optimal Home Health. Director, Emmanuel Healthcare. Founder, Gramin Health Care
In this episode, Ashutosh Garg converses with Ajoy Khandheria, CEO of Optimal Home Health, Director of Emmanuel Healthcare, Founder, Gramin Health Care.
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“Just because people are poor doesn’t mean that they have to be treated without dignity.” – Ajoy Khandheria
In this episode, Ashutosh Garg converses with Ajay Khandheria, CEO of Optimal Home Health, Director of Emmanuel Healthcare, Founder, Gramin Health Care.
Ajoy, a professional manager turned entrepreneur, talks about the three key milestones in his life. He talks about his investments in several businesses focused on technology and healthcare.
Later in the episode, he explains the working of ‘Gramin Health Care’, his venture providing primary healthcare facilities to the poor farmers in India. Ajoy elucidates the major challenges faced by the rural healthcare system.
In the section that follows, Ajoy talks about the most common mistakes startup entrepreneurs tend to make. Before concluding, he advises young startup entrepreneurs.
Ajoy Khandheria (CEO, Optimal Home Health; Director, Emmanuel Healthcare; Founder, Gramin Health Care)
An entrepreneur evangelist with over 25 years of experience in diverse business fields, Ajoy found his true calling in his quest to bridge the staggering healthcare accessibility gap in India. Driven by his vision to reinvent the healthcare landscape at the grassroots, he founded Gramin Health Care, the first such startup focused exclusively on primary healthcare.
Before starting his own venture, Ajoy has been associated with some of the most successful organizations across the globe. He has been an advisor to corporate giants like Harris Corporation, Ital Cable, Tech Mahindra, Tellabs Maxis, UTStarcom, Hughes Software System, and IP Unity. Under his leadership, companies have seen exponential growth and geographical expansion in the global market.
A strategic investor, Ajoy also has a remarkable presence in telecommunication, geospatial, and content businesses. He has invested in a number of companies across the world including Optimal Home Health (US), Emmanuel Health Care (US), Paridyam Healthcare (India), Medical Second Opinion (India), Doc on call (Myanmar), Intersat (USA), Belgium Satellite Services (Belgium), and CERT Telematics (Abu Dhabi), among others.
However, a desire to make a difference in the rural healthcare scenario of India has become his driving mission. Through Gramin Healthcare, he intends to expand the reach of basic healthcare services to the under-served populations of rural India. Strategic use of technology and the creation of requisite human resources is at the center of this initiative that has spread to as many as seven states within 3 years of inception. A series of technology and telemedicine powered primary healthcare centers and polyclinics are redefining the way healthcare is delivered and accessed in rural areas. An invaluable data-mine is also being processed that can provide an essential bridge for major corporate houses and people of the underserved community.
Under his leadership, Gramin Health Care is bringing about a paradigm shift in the primary health care scenario of villages, tier 3, 4 areas where affordable and accessible healthcare services have been a non-starter.
Ajoy also has an MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Electrical Engineering degree from M.S. University, Baroda, India.