Revealing a diverse facet of the Indian healthcare, a plethora of statistics has showcased some realistic outcomes of the industry. Indian healthcare providers indicated that US $1.2 billion has been used on IT products and services in the year 2015, an increase of seven per cent over 2014. This includes hospitals, as well as ambulatory service and physicians practices on internal services, software, IT services, data centre, devices and telecom services. IT services, which include consulting, implementation, IT outsourcing (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO), will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the sector.
On the flipside, there is an 83 per cent shortage of specialist medical professionals in community health centres (CHCs). This data, according to the Rural Health Statistics 2015, released by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, brings to fore the dire need of increasing presence of medical practitioners in the CHCs as they constitute the secondary level of healthcare and provide specialist care to patients referred from Primary Health Centres (PHCs).
Another research report estimates that India faces an acute shortage of two million beds, followed by a jarring dearth of two million doctors and four million nurses. These statistics point to the alarming need for improving the existing healthcare infrastructure in the country, a cause religiously pursued by eHealth magazine through its publication, portals and even events.
In continuation with our efforts, eHealth Magazine presents 5th Healthcare Leaders Forum, Bengal (HLF) in Kolkata, December 2015. The objective of Healthcare Leaders Forum, Bengal is to bring forward the Healthcare Technology initiatives taken to facilitate quality care in the Eastern part of India.
The summit will aim to provide a vibrant platform for the innovators, investors and to engage private companies with the East region healthcare service providers. It will also be a conglomeration of bigwigs of the industry to exchange knowledge and best practices with each other for better healthcare system in Eastern India. Through this engagement, a road map will be developed to change the paradigm for healthcare delivery in East by showcasing high potential healthcare initiatives, deliberating on challenges and identifying opportunities through public private partners.