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The future lies in tele-consultations

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Use of IT in telemedicine is attracting great interest from private players and a lot of online consultation space has opened up with private equity investments, says EKOHEALTH Management Consultants MD & CEO Dr Akash S Rajpal in a conversation with ENN

 

What changes you have noticed in healthcare in areas like Health IT, Medical Equipment, regulations, etc in 2012?
Healthcare Management System (HMS) penetration is increasing but very slowly. There is no standardisation or regulation on the same. This leads to great underutilisation of many important features of HMS which can be useful for patients & hospital administration.

Use of IT in telemedicine is attracting great interest from private players, and a lot of online consultation space has opened up with private equity investments. However, on the other hand, no cost-effective solution for SME hospitals & clinics has come up yet, hence leaving a large chunk of healthcare delivery out of ambit.

Are there some specific segments of the healthcare sector that are likely to witness a larger demand for IT adoption? 
Tele-consultations are going to pick up in a big way. As our urban lifestyles become more hectic, more and more people shall opt for medical consultations on phone, hence saving time and energy in physically visiting a doctor. Growing demand from tele-consultations will press for the need for accuracy, and IT adoption has a big role to play in this direction. Also, home care monitoring is expected to become popular and again IT will have a significant contribution in the success of the concept.

What are the top technologies in healthcare that will play crucial role in the year 2013 and beyond? 
Cloud based hosting of services is going to be the highlight of 2013. Also, pay for service model, medical equipment in imaging & remote diagnostics, telemedicine, tele-consultations, tele-radiology & home care monitoring are the technologies that shall make a mark on the health IT market in India in 2013.

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