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2013 will see many positive changes

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Sadanand Reddy, MD, Goldstar Healthcare Pvt Ltd

What changes you have noticed in healthcare in areas like Health IT, Medical Equipment, regulations etc?

To get Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and public sector employee affiliation for hospitals, NABH accreditation has become mandatory. As per NABH guidelines, software has also become major part of hospitals requirement. Because of this, hospitals are looking for Health Information Management Services (HIMS) to fulfill NABH requirement without understanding the benefits of the same and not looking for complete HIMS product.

As medical equipment also coming with latest software like Dicom, HL7 compatibility most of the equipments become easy for interfacing with HIMS which in turn helps in time saving and reduction of human errors as well.

What are the top technologies in healthcare that will play crucial role in the year 2013 and beyond?

Newer technology like web based, Bar Code/RFID technology has become future technology and interfacing most of the medical equipments and tablets etc. will play greater role in this healthcare industry. EMR and HIMS will play good role in future to come. Mobile applications for doctors help in explaining the patients about their problems illustri- Sadanand Reddy, MD, Goldstar Healthcare Pvt Ltd ously and make the  patient satisfied with their treatment plan.

Are there some key policy changes or regulations that you are looking for in 2013?

An autonomous body Quality Council of India under Government of India, has brought NABH accreditation processes for all hospitals after getting JCI accreditation in few hospitals in the country. Keeping in mind, the international guidelines or standards which are basic requirements of our country’s healthcare sector some standards are made by governing body like NABH and enforcing the same is the key to ensure some benefits to the Government as well as service providers in terms of taxation and having personal Medical Information records. Patient satisfaction by ensuring the patient care with appropriate treatment and having some protocols likes NABH standards can help better adoption of IT in this field.

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