The adoption of technology and investment in physical infrastructure in the country’s health sector should go hand in hand, said Katamneni Bhaskar, Commissioner and Mission Director for National Health Mission at the Department of Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was speaking at the second edition of Elets Digital Health Conclave.
“Technology is helping us to take the services to those areas and sectors that were not accessing those services, and now we are able to multiply the same resources by using technologies. But, the healthcare sector is one where technology will take us only to an extent and not all the way because I think that this sector is the last one, where the human interface will become negligible. Patients expect a doctor’s physical presence and they want the reassurance of a doctor because it is the patient’s health which is at stake,” Bhaskar said.
He added, “There is a need to invest in the health sector across the country as our investment in the healthcare structure has been grossly inadequate. This was evident as the country realised that its oxygen infrastructure was not up to the mark, the number of beds available were broadly inadequate and the manpower required grossly adequate.”
Informing about the role of the Andhra Pradesh government during the Covid-19, he said, “We recruited 12,000 professionals in the public healthcare sector during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will also set up 14 medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh.”