As we look forward to a fresh year ahead, we spoke to different industry experts to get their views on how the Indian healthcare sector is transforming in the coming year. We have also tried to find out how these changes will lead to greater strength to common man. Our analysis reveals industry experts are full of hope and they see a bright year ahead for Indian healthcare. Excerpts:
Suresh Babu, Director & CTO, PROSIT says, “In the year 2013, we wish to see more mHealth solutions, cloud based solutions, data analytics, remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, personal health records, health information exchange etc.
Dr Annie Stanley Thakore, Hospital Administrator, CARE Hospitals says, “In- dia will have a new cyber security policy in the Year 2013. Designed to protect critical communication and infrastructure from cyber threats, approval of the policy will see formation of a national cyber alert system and sectoral computer emergency response teams (CERTs)”.
Siva Vageesan, CEO, AmbalSoft InfoTech Private Ltd says, “In year 2013, we believe that role of ICT in healthcare will increase tremendously and the use of integrated EMR systems will also increase to a great extent”.
Dr Arun Kumar Datta, Vice President Operations (Medical), Rockland Hospital says, ”I would like to see a real-time, IT-based interaction between the service providers and the sponsoring or paying agencies, which at present is tilted majorly in favour of the latter”.
M V Saneesh, Senior Manager, Systems, Shalby Hospital, Ahmedabad, says, “Just as the India Nursing Council mandated ICT to nursing curriculum, the Medical Council shall imbibe ICT into medical education as well. Government hoisting a cloud solution for all clinics and hospitals to use an H-ICT frame work would be interesting. Early usage of Aadhaar across applications shall be encouraged”.
Shrinivas Birla, CEO, Birlamedisoft Pvt Ltd, says, “I strongly feel that the Government should pass a resolution making HIS compulsory for all hospitals. This is a growing need of current times”.
Suchet Singh, CEO, Srishti Software Applications Pvt Ltd, says, “With end- less positives and benefits of Medical IT, the present, seems to be the right time to devise a National Health Information Technology policy, which would result in standardised adoption and use of the Healthcare Information Technology across the country”.
Dr Akash S Rajpal, MD & CEO, EKO- HEALTH Management Consultants PVT LTD, says, “We are looking forward to a regulation that shall make basic use of IT mandatory for all health centres and enable data sharing for portability. Also, training centres should be created for training data entry operators. We are also looking forward to the Government for making IT an important part of course curriculum for doctors and nurses”.
Vasukumar Nair, Director – Marketing & Sales, 21st Century Informatics, says, “There are many technology trends in the market. Whether it is Cloud, Analytics, Big data, the technology is here to stay, but I do not believe that the mid market healthcare organisations have yet taken full advantage of it. I am sure, they can capitalise these emerging technologies and attain competitive advantage”.
R Viswanathan, Business Unit Head- Healthcare, PCS Technology, says, “The major expectation will be standardisation of hospital processes which is a long way to go. Accreditation of medical services to improve the standard is necessary. This will ensure all the hospitals, labs, service providers the minimum quality of service. Every hospital has its own process within a city/town, which is a critical factor in making the solution unstable. TPA should have common templates /practice/standards across India to ensure the transparency and effective utilisation of software”.