Training of manpower is essential and staff should be regularly updated on the current trends, believes Dr Shrihari Dhorepatil, President, Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of India.
IT and healthcare go hand in hand. What you have to say on adoption of IT in healthcare sector?
As business or service industry, India is leading globally in IT sector.Unfortunately, IT is not much seen in healthcare sector where it is most needed. Big corporate players are now adopting the technology at a fast pace.IT is required at primary and secondary care as data is generated at these stages. However, it is missing. We need to adopt technology in order to sustain in completion with global players. At Elets Healthcare Leaders Forum, I heard some states such as Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan are doing wonderful job in generation of useful data through Asha health workers. The adoption of IT is going forward; we are hopeful.
You mentioned about your multi-speciality centre. What is your key focus in adoption of technology?
IT is required at primary and secondary care as data is generated at these stages.However, it is missing. We need to adopt technology in order to sustain in completion with global players
Hospitals are using IT for registration and billing. But we have to go way beyond. Clinical data is very important. It should be created and shared with not only network hospitals but others too. It will make healthcare affordable for patients. Moreover, training of the manpower is also very important. The staff should be updated on the current trends.
How did Elets Healthcare Leaders Forum help you expand your horizon?
I am a surgeon with more than 25 years of experience.I have developed my surgical skills and knowledge through various national and international conferences, which helped me evolve from being a simple surgeon to pioneer of bariatric surgery concept in India and founder of a healthcare centre.
Elets Healthcare Leaders Forum is an interesting platform for knowledge-sharing on hospital management, e-health, ICT, affordable healthcare, etc. Such forums help us meet people from the industry and provide the best healthcare services.