India’s medical device companies will need to aggressively look at designing a low cost diagnostics technology which could be connected to a mobile phone and transmit the details to an accessible pri-mary healthcare centre or a medical practitioner. The country also needs to have a dedicated National Health portal on similar lines of the India Water portal, sharing information on safe and sustainable wa-ter management, views Dr Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister, Public Information and Infra-structure and Innovation, and chairman of Knowledge Commission.
On the one hand cell, phone can transform the needs of the rural healthcare along with telemedicine but on the other there is also need to look at the life style modifications based on the Indian Traditional System of Medicine. The National Health portal could be an ideal web-based open communication platform, said Dr Pitroda.
“Today cell phone is ubiquitous and this technology has to be exploited to the maximum. Therefore there is no doubt that only a technology which can be linked to a cell phone will help in taking the healthcare to the remotest part of the country,” said Dr Pitroda, the brain behind the telecom revolution in India who was here in Bengaluru to inaugurate the new Abbot Nutrition R&D Centre at the Biocon Park.
While the Union Government’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has adopted a synergistic ap-proach by relating determinants of good health through nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and safe drinking water along with the creation of a pool of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), the next level of growth can be only seen from this Mission only if there is accessibility to a low cost medical device.