Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD), one of the global medical devices companies in the world today outlined the need to integrate medical devices into national health plans, as well as framework for regulation and enforcement at the 11th India Health Summit of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on December 17-18, 2014 in New Delhi. The company sought the support of the industry on improving needs assessment and increasing access to safe devices, especially in low-resource settings and far flung areas of the country.
Medical devices are an integral part of modern medicine and used in every spectrum of medical science from diagnosis to treatment, from prevention to rehabilitation. Whether they are simple or sophisticated, these devices have been savinglives of millions of people. Given the specialized nature of devices, most Indians are not aware about their life-saving potential.
As per Varun Khanna, Managing Director – BD India, To create an equitable public health impact, medical care needs to be accessible and safe. The need of the hour is to improve health parameters, what is needed is innovations in healthcare that can deliver the benefits of medical technology to the doorsteps of people, especially to those living beyond the cities.
India is hugely underserved by its healthcare industry which is largely fragmented and focused on urban areas. Key issues that need to be addressed relate to improving public health, empowering patients to self-monitor their health, setting up harmonized regulatory processes and ensuring universally standardized medical devices.
Punit Kohli, Business Director, BD Diagnostics and Biosciences said, Low levels of expenditure on health in general lead to low levels of expenditure on medical devices. There are millions who are suffering, often dying due to lack of access to essential medical care. Most of these people can be saved with access to safe and lifesaving medical technology. We are willing to engage with the government and relevant stakeholders to ensure quality healthcare is accessible in all healthcare settings.
BD also urged the GoI to engage private health care providers in the Universal Health Assurance Mission. Calling it an ambitious project, the company expressed willingness to assist in all possible ways to ensure quality healthcare is made available in all healthcare settings.
Mr. Khanna added, With 75% of health services in India being currently provided by the private sector, there is an urgent need to engage the private sector to help realise the healthcare for all goal of the government. I believe that a strong and committed collaboration between the private and public sectors will significantly improve access to healthcare services in our country.
The CII Health Summit is the flagship event of India for the healthcare sector. The 11th summit witnessed participation from senior policy makers from the government, healthcare providers, NGOs, medical associations, medical technology and devices industry, pharmaceutical companies and IT companies, venture capitalists, private equity firms etc. Key areas deliberated during the summit pertained to infrastructure gaps, innovation in healthcare, inadequate and underutilized health workforce, lack of trust across stakeholders, increasing cost of healthcare, lack of framework for National PPP model and medical ethical practices.
BD is a 117-year old world-renowned medical technology company that develops state-of-the-art medical devices, supplies, laboratory equipment and diagnostic tools as well as innovative life sciences products. The company has been a leading participant in India healthcare access journey and instrumental in making technologies, resources and people accessible to help all people live healthy lives.