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India Becoming a Hub for Medical Tourists

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Dinesh Samudra

We at Clinivantage have developed state-of-the-art Doctor of Things (DoT) devices that can help monitoring of health in the most simplistic and hassle free way, says Dinesh Samudra, Founder and CEO, Clinivantage Healthcare Technologies in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

Q What are the different dimensions of wellness industry?

India is popularly known for its traditional health practices like yoga and Ayurveda as well as many other alternative medicines. It is also a home to modern medicine and practices therein to maintain good health. It’s a known fact that with increased stress related problems, especially in the urban regions, health and fitness are given priority over other necessities.

With rapid changes in lifestyle and a desire for social acceptance, care givers have responded to this change through a paradigm shift in their focus point. From traditional offerings like curative healthcare and proactive health and wellness management is slowly gaining ground as also personalised services for health recovery and palliative care.

The wellness industry in India is evolving slowly from its unstructured beginning in the early years to a broad ecosystem today. Moreover India is also becoming a hub for medical tourists from around the world, for modern medicine as well as traditional cures.

India is now looking forward to deliver last mile care to its rural population, thus giving them equal right to good medical aid even in the remote areas of the country.

Q Records say that around half of the Indian people are still not serious about regular exercise, balanced diet and other disciplined lifestyle habits. How can we encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyle?

Healthcare facilities provided in developing countries are not at par with the developed countries. Most of the developing countries have public/ governmental sector organisations that take lead in delivering healthcare throughout the country. Despite decades of budgets and plans the actual healthcare systems in many countries are quite different. Even today maximum population is expected to meet their own health expenses. At the same time, there is a lot of stress involved in professional life of an individual. We do not have fixed budgets for healthcare. People have now realised the importance of healthcare which is still limited to symptomatic and reactive care.

We at Clinivantage have developed state-of-the-art Doctor of Things (DoT) devices that can help monitoring of health in the most simplistic and hassle free way. Using such devices individually or for a larger population like a village or hamlet, regular screening of health is possible. This not only generates records for policy decision making for the local governance, but on independent level makes the people aware about their health, exercise and diet requirements.

Q There are many proven benefits of yoga, still people don’t follow it religiously. How people can be encouraged to make this as a regular practice to improve their health status?

Through our health monitoring programs we are making people aware about the exact care they need to take. Yoga being one of the ways to train and exercise the body We are ready to promote Yoga and its benefits through our app for the healthcare consumers to make them understand that Yoga is internationally accepted practice of exercise.

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Q Yoga has been an ancient practice till now in India. Off late it has been commercialized as many centres have been opening across country. How do you see the scope of yoga industry in coming years?

Yoga is remedy for practically every ailment. Yoga needs to be studied upon and it must be promoted in positive ways in order to make it a lifestyle in its country of origin.

Q How technology integrated schemes of Government has improvised Indian healthcare sector?

The Government is running many integrated schemes to improvise healthcare sector. The Government is executing a few of these schemes with the help of private sector companies and their CSR too. This no doubt will make faster delivery of quality healthcare to the people of this country. The technology developed by the private companies, thus, does not remain limited to select few, but reaches to the grassroot level.

Q How PPP model has been instrumental in providing quality and affordable healthcare facility to the general public?

The PPP model roped in both – technology and efficiency makes it the most effective model to execute any scheme. Healthcare is no exception to this. The Government is doing every bit to delivery last mile care to the remotest part of the country trying to create a healthy India. The private sector is more than happy to be associated with the Government in achieving its goal. We as Clinivantage are proud to be part of such Government projects. We are working with the VSTF in Maharashtra to reach the last mile care in remote villages of the State and are very happy to state the success of the DigiVillage project through the cooperative efforts with the Government and VSTF officials.

Q In the digital era, technology and innovations have completely changed the face of healthcare sector. But do we have enough trained staff to handle these emerging technological sound equipments? If not, how can we ensure that?

This statement itself has an answer in it. Technology today means simplicity of operations and better results. The DoT devices developed by Clinivantage are so easy to operate that ASHA workers and other volunteers of the villages are operating them successfully. There is no chance of human error at all. This way not only the healthcare is delivered to remote places, but by making the staff required to run these remote OPDs available locally we are also generating employment there. They are trained and made aware about the care of such equipment making it easy for them and us to handle the situation. Our engineers frequently visit the villages and ensure that equipment and OPDs are operating well.

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