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Digital-Payment Systems Could Revolutionize Health Care

As managing medical conditions becomes increasingly more difficult in rural areas, technological advances could go a long way in improving access and patient care. The first step toward a new high-tech age in health-care delivery is the widespread adoption of digital-payment systems.

KARACHI – The year is 2025. A woman with diabetes living in a rural area, where there is a shortage of health-care workers, must manage her condition. To whom or what does she turn? Her smartphone. In just two years, the delivery of health care – and many other services – could look very different than it does today.