There is lot of discussions happening on the ways of making healthcare more affordable. New innovations in Healthcare IT are being implemented by the large and small hospitals for bringing more efficiency in their operations. This efficiency can then translate into lesser expense for the patients. Thus, we will have a solution to the biggest problem that Indian citizens face, of quality healthcare not being affordable.
Even more encouraging is the sign that Indian health experts and doctors are turning into entrepreneurs. They are setting up niche centres where the seed-fund can be as small as `20-25 lakhs, far less than what is required to set up large-scale hospitals. Such niche centres are easily able to fulfil the elementary medical requirements of a small neighbourhood. There was a time when only corporate hospitals, modern diagnostic centres and retail pharmacies defined organised healthcare in urban India. Now family doctor clinics, dialysis centres and such are also seeking to harness Indias healthcare industry, which according to some estimates is set to touch USD 79 billion by 2012-end.
Healthcare IT has not left these smaller hospitals and clinics untouched. You can find a Dr Lal Path Lab in many small towns, and it is possible for patients in these areas to have their medical reports remotely viewed by doctors based in Delhi and Chennai. In the larger cities, we now have access to the corporate hospital chains like – Apollo, Fortis, Max, Manipal and others. The October Special edition of eHealth has made extensive coverage of Health IT and Medical Technology products and solutions. This issue is also the 4th edition of the Healthcare Technology Resource Guide. So we are also introducing you to some of the major healthcare companies in the country. A key feature of the magazine is the exclusive interview of Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit. Among other things, she has shed light on the major initiatives for better healthcare that the Delhi government is undertaking. In addition, the magazine also carries interviews from senior government officials who are looking after the healthcare domain in states like Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
I would also like invite you to the eighth edition of eINDIA, Indias most prestigious ICT event, which is scheduled for 15th and 16th November 2012 in Hyderabad. One of the key attractions of the event will be the eINDIA Healthcare Summit; this is where all the leading stakeholders in healthcare space will gather to discuss new ideas for providing better healthcare for emerging India. We hope to see you at eINDIA 2012!
Dr. Ravi Gupta