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Exploring the healthcare visionaries’ roadmap for 2019

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With the 2018 laying the foundation of a better healthcare ecosystem in 2019, the health sector is an arena which has evoked huge optimism for a far better accessible and affordable healthcare delivery model in the country.

The 2018 has been remarkable especially due to the healthcare sector embracing latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, like never before.

The year also witnessed PPP models in healthcare gaining popularity across the country, with several State governments working on developing policies which can ensure an intensive involvement of the private sector in healthcare.

The year gone by was also an eventful year in terms of policy initiatives, most prominent among them being the Ayushman Bharat scheme, a favourite programme of the Narendra Modi Government. It is meant to create a sustainable healthcare delivery model benefitting people of all strata of life. Strengthening of healthcare system looks a good news for all, especially when the country is set to witness parliamentary elections.

The year 2019 will also be very important from the point of view of national elections. The election results will decide how the government health programmes are run in states over the next five years.

In this light, this New Year of 2019 appears to hold big promise and it is to be a year of real transformation in healthcare delivery, especially on the last-mile. Our first edition of 2019, thus justifiably highlights the vision of healthcare experts and industry leaders.

We have tried to explore what kind of hope they have in the mind while looking back at the lessons drawn and contribution made in the healthcare sector. The theme is ‘Latest Technologies and Trends’. Our cover story “Technology & Trends to Drive Healthcare Industry’s Vision 2019”, explores what kind of technologies industry players are working upon and how they are planning to leverage them to boost deliverables at various levels.

Offering industry perspective through interviews in this edition are — Selva Kumar Devannam, Director, Trimed Solutions Pvt Ltd; K Lakshmi Kumari, Director (Administration and IT), eVaidya Pvt Ltd; Sreedhar Veeramony, COO, Aosta Software Technologies India Limited; Ravinder Pal Singh, Director : Business Development (Cybersecurity, IOT, Digital Cities) Dell EMC; and Dr B R Das, Advisor and Mentor, SRL Diagnostics.

Since eHEALTH magazine has always documented the Indian healthcare sector’s transformation, this issue offers a bird’s view of eHealth conferences of 2018. These have been instrumental in shaping up a dynamic and robust healthcare sector for 2019 by confluencing policymakers, industry leaders and experts on common platforms.

With such a variety of interviews, articles, and features involving key industry leaders and decision makers, we hope the issue would evoke an invaluable feedback of our esteemed readers. Wishing You All A Great New Year Ahead!

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