Ranging from devices to processes, healthcare modernisation will bring about a change in the way healthcare is practiced and delivered in the country, says Lux Rao, Country Leader – HP Future Cities and CTO – Technology Services, HP India Sales
What are your views on Healthcare IT market in India vis-à-vis the global market? And how do you see the market evolving in next five years?
Roughly 75 per cent of India’s healthcare infrastructure— hospitals, clinics, medical personnel, and other healthcare resources—is concentrated in urban areas, putting it out of easy reach for all but 27 per cent of the population.
Medicine and ICT are on a convergent path and we will soon see the benefits by way of quality, affordable healthcare services to more people living in the country’s resource-deprived locations.
Access to affordable and quality healthcare is a fundamental requirement of every citizen and technology is sweeping the medicine world globally but will have a profound impact in India due to the inherent challenges of our legacy healthcare systems.
Indian market is experiencing great traction and is poised for transformation. Healthcare modernisation is beginning to happen in small pockets across the country and will gain momentum leading to significant transformation over the next 3-5 years.
Ranging from devices to processes, healthcare modernisation will bring about a change in the way healthcare is practiced and delivered in the country.
What according to you are the emerging trends in this particular sector and how do you see the Indian healthcare market’s indulgence in adopting IT in Healthcare?
India is fast emerging as a destination of repute for medical tourism. While much is said about the prowess of our medical community, the flip side is that the skill and talent is not ably supported by technology.
Technology is the magic wand that will enable ubiquity and access to affordable healthcare to a billion Indians.
We see the proliferation of M2M (mobile to mobile), IoT (Internetof-Thing) and wearable technology ably supporting the healthcare modernisation initiatives.
Core medical technology is also going through a metamorphosis and will be well served by new technology such as M2M and IoT.
What is driving the Indian healthcare IT market?
Healthcare modernisation initiatives in government and private sector, rising awareness amongst rural populace about healthcare leading to Cloud (eHealth) and Mobility (mHealth) base initiatives, and increasing role of ICT in mainstream healthcare are some of the factors driving Indian healthcare IT market.
How do you see the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ contributing to the growth of Healthcare IT industry?
There is great potential for organisations to have point products and solutions that are designed for the Indian market. Last mile connectivity and robust Internet will ensure success of initiatives around telemedicine and remote diagnosis as also unifying patient databases for ubiquitous access. This is a great opportunity for Indian organisations to build products and solutions that can find markets outside India as well.
HP eHC solution was completely designed bearing in mind Indian ethos and has spawned off a series of innovations around ICT enabled healthcare.
What are the challenges presently faced by the Healthcare IT industry?
Legacy systems, closed / proprietary technologies, systems that are unable to scale due to archaic technologies, inter-operability and sluggish pace of adoption of pervasive technologies such as Cloud, mobility, and analytics are hampering patient experience and growth.