February 2018

Cutting-edge Technologies To Transform Healthcare Industry

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Commander Navneet Bali  Regional Director Northern Cluster, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

Commander Navneet Bali 
Regional Director Northern Cluster, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

The cloud is storage capacity available to everyone where the recovery of data would be at fingertips anywhere, anytime. Best part of this technology is you have tremendous amount of storage capacity on cloud and you have any place, any time access to the data, says Commander Navneet Bali, Regional Director Northern Cluster, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

Q Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital is well recognised cancer research Institute which believes in providing quality healthcare services with its world class medical infrastructure, what distinguishes you from other players?

Dharamshila has changed its avatar from being just a single speciality that is a cancer hospital to a more focused super speciality hospital, as patients who visit the hospital they get access to healthcare services                                                                   across all specialties.

Off-course cancer still remains one of the key specialities of the hospital but we have also added orthopedics and kidney programme. We are soon going to get kidney transplant license, cath-labs and a cardiac programme.

Narayana was founded on the dream of Dr Devi Shetty and what sets us apart is that dream, which talks about quality healthcare.

Dream of Dr Shetty is to provide quality healthcare to the masses and his dream is being replicated here also at Dharmshila. We are now treating patients across almost all categories of clinical specialities with same kind of clinical excellence.

Q With the motive to provide best medical facilities to patients, new technology is being explored daily by healthcare experts. What are the innovative treatment approaches you are adopting to cater people?

Technology is changing every day. What is in vogue today may become obsolete in coming days. For example, we now have linear escalators to treat cancer and which are going to turn obsolete in coming days. Earlier, it used to take around an hour or more for treating a patient for single session on radiation machine. Today, it takes around 20 minutes which, in near future, might get reduced even to 2-3 minutes. Industry is heading towards such technologies where the patients feel less pain, more comfort and less treating time. We are continuously looking for upgradation of technologies and equipments. We have cutting edge technologies in cancer, going to have best Cath-labs inside hospital and almost all equipments, which are in the hospital, are constantly being upgraded.

In addition to technologies and hardware, the way clinicians deal with the patients it plays an important role. We have tumour boards here in Dharamshila Hospital which comprises doctor, the laboratory people, and radiologists. They all discuss about patients and then the modalities of treatment are worked out. Entire spectrum of clinicians talk about the case and then a conscious call is taken.

Innovations mean new technologies, new methods leading to better patient care and more convenience to patients.

Q General perception is that cancer an incurable disease and the day doctor informs patients about the disease, they lose all hopes to survive. What are your suggestions for these patients and their families?

What kind of counseling sessions the hospital provides to motivate these patients? Cancer is a disease where primarily the cells inside our human body, for some strange reasons, start behaving in a different manner. They start multiplying in a very random manner. In normal human beings, we have got other cells which are supposed to attack these random growing cells.

But some of us have the genetic mutations causing cancerous cell to grow within their body. Biggest problem in India is that people usually visit to doctor for cancer treatment at 3rd or 4th stage. Around 80 per cent patients come to doctor at 3rd or 4th stages in India while in western countries only about 10 per cent people are found to be at this stage.

Detection at early stage is key to get better results on cancer front. With the advent of gene counselling and genetics, lots of these cancers cells are found to be hereditary in nature. If we are able to detect it at the level of their parents and siblings, there are chances that those next generations cancer can be determined.

Cancer can very well be cured. It depends on two factors, one is type of cancer and the other is what stage does the patient come to doctor.

In India mouth cancer among males and breast and cervical cancer among females is more prevalent.

It is just sad that, in India, people come at third or fourth stage to get treated. Cancer is a very much curable disease. With the advent of new technologies, new drugs even cancers at third and fourth stages can be treated.

My suggestions for cancer patients and their families are that they should not lose hope. They should fight the disease with positive attitude.

Q Cloud service is emerging technology to make things easier and cost-effective for both service providers and patients. Being expert, how do you see the potential of this technology?

We are moving towards these cutting edge technologies where AI, big data crunching would be used in the treatment of patients across healthcare. The cloud is basically huge storage capacity available to everyone where the recovery of data would be at fingertips anywhere, anytime. Best part of this technology is that you have tremendous amount of storage capacity on cloud and you have any place any time access to the data.

The security of the patient data is most important aspect of the cloud technology as confidentiality of patients’ data is very critical. Artificial Intelligence is also making big waves, helping healthcare providers to bring patient care in much better manner. Big data crunching is helping us to analyse patient data in big way so that you will be able to bring in statics into it and then provide treatment which can be optimal treatment for particular type of disease. Big Data, Robotics, and AI are going to play huge role in healthcare sector.

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