The healthcare industry in India is gathering momentum with focus shifting on improving healthcare infrastructure, digitalisation of hospitals and policy interventions, leading to increase in efficiency of service delivery, writes Chander Shekhar Sibal, Executive Vice President, Fujifilm India.
The healthcare market in India is growing at a rapid pace and the government hospitals and State governments through Private Public Partnerships (PPP) are trying to improve the healthcare infrastructure, including digitalisation of X-ray. Teleradiology and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) are becoming necessity due to huge patient load and less number of doctors.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is going to be a key enabler of making ‘one India one tax’ and this would lead to increase in efficiency and reduce wastage in supply chain management. Healthcare delivery in India is now uniquely composed to undergo a change at all its stages — prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Government is taking many steps towards improvement of healthcare sector by promoting routine and proper screening health education programmes in tier 2 and 3 cities.
Our focus is on tier 2 and tier 3 cities and in the process of digitisation happening in the medical industry. Most of the time, the government projects are delayed which is a hurdle for us as we are going through Public- Private Partnerships. But I believe, with the help of GST we can be in a better position like transporting products within the country. This would also help in reducing the warehouse and transportation cost.
Buyer wants faster services and new technologies which give exceptional image quality at lower dose and enhancing efficiency of point of care x-rays.
In this era of digitisation, the quality of workflow is getting better; and the efficiency of people is increasing in the hospitals. With the help of technological advancement, doctors are able to manage workflow systems and are able to treat more patients. Healthcare is reaching to tier 3 cities and capturing villages where various screening programmes are being initiated by the government for healthy India.
Recently, the government has also come up with a new policy where preventive healthcare is very important. It’s better to be healthier than falling sick as that expenditure is huge. We need to focus on hospitals expenditure to be more equipped with better technology. Digitisation is the trend and it will go further, better quality equipment would bring more work flow, which will bring better quality, workflow.