ravi gupta ji

Technology holds the supremacy to democratization of healthcare. Health technology is on a renewed future path with reduced costs, enhanced efficiencies and improved patient outcomes being some of the primary core focus areas. The increasing disease burden and rising healthcare costs have directed the future of healthcare towards more care getting delivered at home, without sacrificing quality or access.

Technology has played a pivotal role in transforming the healthcare landscape and is seeing novel practices and ideas reshaping the vision of healthcare organizations and allied sectors. Covid-19 acted as catalysts towards making care at home assume significant importance in the changing health paradigm. The factors that have contributed to the acceptance & growth of virtual care include use of telehealth seeing a considerable rise as compared to the pre-pandemic levels.

Also, emergence of new technologies and capabilities are enabling care at home possible for a larger population & the growing investment in the digital health market are some of the new pillars of healthcare on which the segment is scaling new heights. Strengthening the digital healthcare ecosystem, the National Health Authority (NHA) recently announced the launch of the Unified Health Interface (UHI) under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). UHI is an open network designed to enable interoperable digital health service delivery and will be powered by protocols built by an open community of developers and deployed on a Gateway built by NHA. Earlier in the year, NHA had also integrated the Aarogya Setu app to enable people to generate their unique 14-digit Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA) accounts from the app.

These transformations through tech-enabled disruptions formed the basis of our last two events that we have tried to encapsulate in this edition of eHealth.

The 3rd Elets Healthcare Transformation Summit was organised on the theme ‘Technology Driving Futuristic Healthcare’ while the 4th Elets Diagnostics Leadership Summit made an attempt of ‘Decoding Futuristic Diagnostics Sector’. With technology forming the premise of both the events, a galaxy of prominent thought leaders brought to the fore the various initiatives, programmes and the future roadmap.

The global pandemic has drastically altered the perception of the diagnostics sector, placing it on the centre stage. As preventive testing, at-home care and diagnostics results form the core of decision making, the diagnostics sector is poised for incremental growth. Similarly, leveraging telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, smart wearables and devices among other emerging technologies will hold the key as we maneuver ourselves to a safer and improved healthcare landscape.

As healthcare has taken the position as one of the largest sectors in the Indian economy in terms of employment and revenue, we also made an attempt to reach out to the healthcare leaders to share their ‘Healthcare Vision 2022’ with us.

As we are gearing up for the 4th Elets Pharma Leadership Summit scheduled for 11th May 2022 in the virtual mode, we look forward to your association and presence to make it a grand success. I hope you find this edition to be engaging and insightful that has been enriched with the opinions of leading healthcare thought leaders.

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