Editorial

A Health(y) Trend

Ravi gupta
Ravi-gupta

Dr Ravi Gupta

The healthcare sector plays a primary role in catering to the medical needs of people at large. And now, with the advent of newer technologies, its looking to further widen its scope to reach out to the masses.

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Going by the trend, tech-enabled healthcare is going to be one of the primary driving factors pushing the entire health market in the coming times. And its not just about technological advancements in the field of research, surgery, diagnostics and treatment “ the IT revolution has also changed the way our hospitals and clinics function. Computerisation of records, diagnostic results, faster sharing of reports, possibility of sharing case studies and seeking advice from doctors even beyond borders have added a whole new dimension to healthcare practices. Similarly, use of mobile apps and other digital tools have helped take medicare to hitherto unreached population of the country residing in far off places.

In 2014, nearly 7,500 startups across the globe looked to develop digital solutions in the healthcare domain, while year 2015 saw around 300 startups focused to the health domain itself. On one end, the Indian startup companies are working to bring medical practitioners and patients closer using technology, on the other, the governments Digital India initiative is bringing game-changing products and software that have and will be dominating the Indian healthcare IT industry.

The dominant rural-urban divide in accessing healthcare is a predominantly worrying factor. The burgeoning need of the hour is to scale up public health services, increase the number of trained health professionals and enhance public healthcare spending to ensure adequate healthcare coverage. Although the Indian health insurance market still lags behind other countries in terms of penetration, the health insurance segment is showing a rising trend. It continues to be one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the Indian insurance industry.

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We try and bring a holistic view across these burning health concerns in our 11th Anniversary issue. We also look forward to an overwhelming participation by the stakeholders at the upcoming 6th Healthcare Leaders Forum “ Technology for Patient Delight, on 2nd March, 2016, in New Delhi. The Forum will track the growth and envisage the future of IT in the healthcare sector in India, apart from addressing crucial challenges and advancements in the field. It will provide with an networking scope with the industry peers. New opportunities will be explored, strategies will be brainstormed and business relations made to boost the future of the healthcare industry in India.

This summit will provide you an opportunity to showcase your services to CIOs, CTOs, CEOs, Public Health Departments, IT decision makers of leading hospitals across the healthcare industry, technology solution providers and vendors.

We look forward to your continued support in our quest for quality healthcare in the country.

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