Healthcare underwent technological transformation later than any other field. Almost every walk of life, retail, banking, industries etc. were already digitalized while doctors were still struggling with pile upon pile of handwritten (and hard to understand) clinical notes and the ringing phones.
Digitalization of healthcare not only helped the doctors’ step out of the dark ages of medicine but also helped them make the transition from a frantic busybody to a healer. The principal reason for this drastic change in health setup is the solid IT infrastructure in the country with a rapid increase in the number of people having access to smartphones and internet facilities.
Digital healthcare has flourished by leaps and bound in a small span of time. From electronic medical recording (EMR) to telemedicine to mobile apps technology, the future holds a lot in store for the health sector.
But the question remains; are we ready to accept this digitalized doctor who relies on technological tools as much as his own five senses to provide optimal healthcare to the patients?
The statistics point towards a better and a brighter future. Healthcare in India is growing at a rate of about 15% per annum and is expected to reach $280 billion by the year 2022. For managing such an expanding sector, giving it a sturdy technological base was inevitable.
Indian healthcare sector has already underwent a dynamic shift towards a more effective, more efficient, safer and cheaper health care delivery system after technology has encroached on the medical sector. Like it or not, healthcare in India is already on the road towards prosperity.
Preventive care has never been this effective. Technology has proved much effective a medium for imparting mass-level education to the public than any other channel. Disease control is steadily gaining momentum. Morbidity and mortality rates have been declining. Technology has helped provide better healthcare facilities to a common man, which is why this change is already being embraced with open arms by health personnel and the consumers alike.
By improving the doctor to patients’ ratio, digitalized healthcare has helped provide better healthcare to the public. This new landscape is also proving to be a raw ground for the doctors to make their practice grow. Digital healthcare has completely redefined the role of primary and preventive care.
With the rise in medical tourism and influx of people from the neighboring countries to avail better and more economical health facilities, telemedicine has also grown exponentially. Currently, the revenue generated by medical tourism in the country amount to nearly $450 million, a feat that has been helped along by the rock-solid technological base of the health industry.
Mobile apps and telemedicine have bridged the distances between doctors and their patients as well as within the doctors’ community which is why a more integrated approach towards the provision of healthcare to the patients has emerged. Healthcare has transformed into one big yielding and efficient sector.
The winds of change in already in motion and have proved to have a good impact not only on the country’s economy but also for providing a sturdy health infrastructure in the country. As technology has stepped into the healthcare realm, the health outcomes have progressed with every single person having access to high quality medical services, which is why this change is inevitable for a better healthcare future of the country