There should be a collaborative teaching programmes with faculty from both medical and engineering institutions for manpower generation and skill development in healthcare technology, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan recently said.
The combination of scientific, medical and technology community trio should be institutionalised all over the country for better results, Vardhan stated while launching four major projects at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister also underlined the need for skilled manpower to leverage the healthcare technology.
“Increased use of technology in health care should necessarily be accompanied by increased manpower to operate and manage the devices and equipment, and to ensure optimal and safe use of technology,” Vardhan said.
“It is essential to assess, through an evidence-based approach, whether a particular technology can impact disease management, prevention strategies and policy decisions,” he said.
SCTIMST is an Institute of national Importance under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Lauding the contributions of SCTIMST in the health care sector, he said institutions like Sree Chitra should be aligned towards “Make in India for Healthy India”.
He also emphasized the need to develop domestic medical devices sector which is facing lots of issues currently. Indian industries at present meet only about a small fraction of the total demand, the Minister said.
“It should be affordable and based on local need. Necessarily, large-scale production and commercialisation of indigenised medical equipment is required so that citizens even in remote areas get benefited,” he said.