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Covid -19 – Enabler of Change in Indian Healthcare

Dr. Avinash Phadke

Dr. Avinash Phadke, Founder, SRL Phadke Labs in his keynote address at the virtual second edition of Elets Diagnostics Leadership shared how Covid-19 has been a catalyst to bring phenomenal changes in the healthcare sector.

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Dr. Avinash Phadke, Founder, SRL Phadke Labs stated the integral role Covid-19 has brought about in the adoption of major changes, primarily being the exponential growth of the molecular sector. He added that the molecular sector will not only be restricted to Covid, but its usage will grow exponentially for diagnosing other diseases as well, including dengue, malaria. He averred that because of Covid, molecular labs are now universally available and will enable diagnosis of many other diseases like chicken guinea, dengue that are specific to our country.

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He added, “Acceptance of molecular technology as one of the major pillars of the industry will continue not only in covid but will get expanded to influenza A, influenza B, scrub typhus and so many other illnesses”. He elaborated on the importance of IT and how its role as a business enabler was enhanced drastically by Covid. “When you now talk about diagnostic pathology lab, apart from talking about your quality control system, it will be also important to see how patient friendly is your IT system; how is your data security maintained; whether it is showing past trends of patient records; if the IT system is capable of generating app based digital cells and whether IT can allow direct contact with patients/consumers bypassing all middlemen channels,” shared Dr. Phadke.

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He further stated the pertinent role played by labs in challenging times and the importance of NABL accreditation of labs in doing Covid testing in strained timelines and across various price points. He stated that this experience has given an opportunity to organize NABL accredited branded labs over the ones who failed to achieve this quality standard.

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