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Co-creating a Comprehensive National Digital Healthcare Platform

Dr Rana Mehta

Strategies for implementing a robust secured cloud framework, in healthcare, which will be a paradigm shift from the traditional healthcare model to the digital healthcare model in future, says Dr Rana Mehta, Partner & Healthcare Leader, PwC India (Moderator).

We just realized in India that we just don’t have acute chronic disease but also have triple burden of disease so lot of learning as we go ahead one of the areas which we need to look at so all of you must have seen the statistics even when it comes to bed per thousand India practically is among last 15 countries in the world so despite best efforts in private and public sector we have not been able to go so there is 3 accesses to healthcare one is geographical access but 70% of India’s healthcare infrastructure is actually around 20 cities. The second is financial access so no point having geographical access if you can’t have financial access this is where government has done a great job by providing financial access to 500 Million people through Ayushman Bharat Scheme but I think these access are limited because the capital is limited, number of doctors we have is limited, resources are limited and finally the amount we can put healthcare is limited so I think given the government’s aim of having universal healthcare the National Digital Health Mission is a creation based on digital technologies for higher efficiency and effectiveness because if we follow the traditional route we are very similar to the way USA was in 1960 they spend 25% of the GDP today they spend 18% of the GDP I think we don’t have the resources we don’t have the time so we need to look at the technology to capitalize the resources.

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