The Indian healthcare delivery system is making big strides, with innovations and technologies playing a key role. Trying to be a part of the bandwagon, eVaidya explores role of modern-day technologies to enhance patient care, says K Lakshmi Kumari, Director (Administration and IT), eVaidya Pvt Ltd, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).
Q How has been 2018 in terms of new initiatives on healthcare technology and innovations front?
Talking of the importance of technology, Microsoft founder Bill Gates once said, “The two areas that are changing … information technology and medical technology. Those are the things that the world will be very different 20 years from now than it is today.”
Healthcare service industry has definitely become focus area for development. 2018 has been a remarkable year in both public as well as private healthcare space.
With declaration of Ayushman Bharat programme, two new initiatives have been introduced in public healthcare domain, the National Health Protection (NHP) Scheme and creation of health and wellness centres across primary levels of healthcare.
The Government took a step forward to achieve the NHP’s aim of doubling government spending from the existing 1.15 percent of the GDP to 2.5 percent by 2025.
On private fronts, few innovations which will change the healthcare delivery systems in India include medical supply distribution by drone, remote patient monitoring, advances in diabetes care: Artificial pancreas, tele radiology, and advances in cancer care.
Q In the light of increasing role of technological advancements and innovations in healthcare delivery, kindly unveil your plans for 2019.
We believe strengthening primary healthcare systems work in long way in creating healthy communities. Our focus in 2019 will be to provide better healthcare facilities to the unserved. As far as latest technology is concerned, we will explore the fields of teleradiology and remote patient monitoring technologies this year.
Q Evolving Indian healthcare sector offers huge opportunity; tell us about your expansion and collaboration possibilities in 2019.
The Indian healthcare market is growing exponentially with approximate growth of around 16-17 percent Year-Over-Year (YOY). With 130 crore population, increasing awareness, digital revolution and the establishment embracing technology to mitigate the inequalities in healthcare distribution, provide huge opportunities for healthcare IT.
Q Technologies are set to play a crucial role in enhancing patient care in coming years. Can you list out some of these technologies?
Firstly, medical supply by drones is going to change the face of supply and demand gap, a major problem with healthcare delivery. Secondly, Artificial Intelligence will change the way we handle emergencies in remote places and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost per year. In addition, remote patient monitoring will make patient compliance more viable as well.