Technology would be a Game Changer in a manner as Healthcare services are addressed in India
eClinicalWorks has implemented innovative solutions in various hospitals in India to offer high quality healthcare services through a robust technology backbone, write Sameer Bhat, Vice President & Co-owner and Aakash Shah, Director Sales India and International Market of eClinicalWorks, for Elets News Network (ENN)
Healthcare industry is experiencing a steady and stable transformation the world over, majorly with Information Technology playing a core role in every aspect of healthcare value chain ensuring faster adaptability of advanced technologies, reduction of service costs and provision of quality healthcare at affordable prices.
Sameer Bhat, Vice President & Co-owner, eClinicalWorks says that the private sector will be the major driving force behind technology adoption in the Indian healthcare segment to optimise costs and effectively manage operations. IT solutions will become an integral part of process management, patient care and the management information system (MIS) in hospitals.
The convergence of healthcare with upcoming technologies such as cloud computing and wireless technologies will play a key role in improving accessibility and meeting the challenge of manpower shortage.
The coming years are expected to witness greater deployment of tools such as telemedicine, Hospital Information Systems (HIS) / Hospital Management Information Systems (HMIS), online or Electronic Medical Records (EMR) etc.,adds Bhat.
The healthcare sector is poised to embrace cloud computing in a big way in the coming decade. Cost-effective cloud-based solutions are expected to drive increased adoption of HMIS and EMR. The various benefits that can be derived, such as easy accessibility irrespective of geographical location, fewer errors, fast response in times of emergencies and patient convenience among others will drive increased adoption. To drive improved efficiencies, more hospitals are likely to seek automation for their workforce management, administration, finance, billing, patient records and pharmacies.
The healthcare sector is poised to embrace cloud computing in a big way in the coming decade. Cost-effective cloud-based solutions are expected to drive increased adoption of HMIS and EMR
Another important area where IT has been a capable tool in healthcare institutions is in moderating costs while providing improved technology to tackle diseases including those related to lifestyle. Here, cloud platforms play an important role.
eClinicalWorks has implemented innovative solutions in various hospitals in India to offer high quality healthcare services through a robust technology backbone.
Opportunities & challenges in India
With recent initiatives in Digital India campaign as well as the smart phone boom during the past few years, the Indian healthcare sector is still lagging behind other areas in terms of technology adoption.
This is exactly where we see opportunity. With the average age of people in India being 26, a large portion of the population is tech savvy and demanding smart services from the healthcare providers and, at the same time, physicians are looking for better technologies to provide more informed decisions for patients at the point of care.
eClinicalWorks strategy to penetrate Indian market
Our strategy for India is simple to provide a technology at the point of care (for hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centres etc.) which is smarter, faster and more convenient, says Aakash Shah, Director Sales India and International Market, eClinicalWorks.
eClinicalWorks is a privately-held leader in healthcare IT solutions. The company has more than 4,300 team members worldwide, with Indian presence at Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore and 1,15,000 doctors using its solutions, customers include physician practices, hospitals, health centers, departments of health, accountable care organisations and convenient care clinics. 12 eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past seven years, honouring excellence in Electronic Health Record implementation.
It would not be surprising anymore that when you visit your doctor or physician, you may find him using an iPad to note or store your medical records. Rapidly transforming medical technology and the availability of high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic equipment together with changing practice pattern of doctors has revolutionised the way health care is being delivered today, Shah adds.
The technology shift has cast itself over the field of healthcare, bringing with it a digital transformation in the way doctors and patients interact. The integration of information technology and network has now become the centre of the new era where both, digital and human aspects, are pivotal to the complete patient experience.
Today, patient care experiences are top of the mind in the healthcare industry across the globe. Healthcare technology solutions are able to modernise medical care, reduce costs, avoid redundant or duplicate tests / procedures and mechanise manual processes.
Aakash Shah, Director- Sales, India and International Market eClinicalWorks
Rapidly transforming medical technology and the availability of high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, together with, changing practice pattern of doctors has revolutionised the way health care is being delivered today