Commencing the 4th Elets Diagnostics Leadership Summit, a galaxy of industry experts and thought leaders shared their pointed insights on the theme of the summit, ‘Decoding Futuristic Diagnostics Sector’. Edited excerpts from the session.
The diagnostic methodology is a complex and collaborative activity involving clinical reasoning and information gathering to determine a patient’s health problem. It requires collaboration and widespread commitment to change among healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations, patients, families, researchers, and policymakers, which will be a very concentrated and collaborative drive, and that’s what we have seen in the covid time, stated Dr Ravi Gaur, Principal Advisor, Spice Health (Spice Jet Promoters Venture), Founder, Dr G Path Labs, Co-Chair CII Delhi Chapter Health Committee.
He added that in recent times, major outbreaks of various diseases have been witnessed in human beings and the ultimate conclusion was that traditional diagnostic tools and techniques are not up to the mark, particularly for the faster, final and rapid diagnosis. He further said, “There is a need for dynamic techniques with the wide spectrum application which can probably cover early diagnosis and characterization. That’s the technology we will be looking into.”
He averred that the futuristic point of view of genomics has arrived and is going to be there. He called for working on a predictive kind of pathology testing and to keep up with innovations. “We’re in an era of the emergence of new diseases and re-emergence of other diseases, probably because of the ecological imbalance. Therefore, diagnostics have to step up and adoption of technology can help in coping with changing times,” added Dr Gaur.
Abhimanyu Bhosale, Chief Executive Officer, CrelioHealth shared that as a company they have always considered building products that ultimately improve the lives of diagnosticians and labs on a dayto-day basis. Covid played a major turning point in human lives and impacted diagnostics in a big way. “The diagnostic sector has actually caught up to the full demand of a country as large as India. As we go forward we’ve seen that technology has played a good companion in growing quality at a large scale and also improving turnaround times across the business of labs. It even plays a vital role in personalizing healthcare, which is one of the main areas that technology can do at scale and is very difficult to do on ground,” he added.
He further stated that technology can contribute towards the future by personalizing patients’ experiences for all of us and making sure that the lab or the hospital is able to actually connect and personalize their health care services to those patients. “We are determined to contribute to technology innovation and adoption in the diagnostic sector,” added Abhimanyu Bhosale.
Atul Mohan Kochhar, Chief Executive Officer, NABH averred that ‘Decoding Futuristic Diagnostic Sector’ is a very thematic topic. He stated that diagnostics has always been the backbone of any medical decision-making. “We’ve learned to realize the fundamental value of quality management systems in real-time. We also discovered that we need to scale up at such short notice and the only way we can do it is by incorporating technology. We cannot get away by forming islands of excellence. We need to create quality and till we devise the quality we are not going to make a real tangible difference so ultimately, we must have this concept of herd quality. The quality must be taken to the grassroots and bridge the gaps by incorporating technology,” stated Atul Mohan Kochhar.
He added that India has always been at the forefront of technology in the world. There are many other countries that demonstrate our effectiveness in handling vaccines or by aadhaar card so every system is now in place and this is the time to start transforming.
He stated, “India has been at the forefront of technology in handling the pandemic and vaccine element. The Prime Minister also launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. So the most important trend that we need is digital health and diagnostics is very well poised to be the pioneer in that. Our huge population is covered under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission and this framework is going to be very holistic,” he averred.
Pankaj Johri, Director – Medical, NABL stated that the last two years of the pandemic were challenging for the nation. Various challenges were faced by every industry, especially the healthcare industry. “The manufacturers of the medical devices, suppliers, doctors, laboratory persons, and lab technicians all joined hands and came together. They stood up against the Covid challenges and provided resources in full support. Diagnostics will be the leading field in the healthcare industry with accurate and precise data,” he stated.
He further added that every stage in the supply chain management of the diagnostic sector should be quality conscious and should be driven by the principle that eventually leads to the benefit of the people at large. “In fact, the medical labs also need to secure their vendors and suppliers must also have a wellled quality management system in their premises and in their systems everywhere. AI-driven, machine learning, big data, and all automation is going to have the most crucial and very important roles in the labs. Everything is software-driven because those who are validating the software also must have some kind of quality principles in their labs,” said Pankaj Johri.
Prasad Nikam, Supply ChainProduct Manager, CrelioHealth shared that there are two-three parts of the supply chain that need to be addressed in order to make sure that the quality is maintained along with managing the supply chain at a very optimized level. “There needs to be a collaboration between the vendors and manufacturers to make sure that the best service is provided to the patients at the same time the quality is maintained. And including all these things we have to make sure that the cost and optimization is there,” he added.
He also shared that The medical industries are talking about AI and all the stakeholders comprehend the importance of predictive analytics. “It is transforming the industry altogether and everybody believes that it’s inevitable. It’s a matter of a few years or maybe a few decades that this is going to happen,” he averred. He stated that there is a need to start the transformation and the first step is to transform the whole industry whether it’s supply management, patient communication, or patient experience, the optimization of the whole chain is going to be digitization.
He presented a product demonstration of the supply chain management system of medical equipment & products for companies operating in the space. He showed how the dashboard helps in tracking orders, mapping inventories, and improving the management of the supply chain.