Indian government has taken a lot of initiatives to test the waters for digitalization of healthcare sector in the country. A rapid transition to EMR and the use of mobile apps for doctors are living proofs that the use of technology for improving healthcare standards is no more a myth; it’s a living reality.
One of the major factors emphasized in the National Health Policy action plan, released by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare India in 2014, was to use more communication technologies for an improved health setup. The trend of using technological alternatives to conventional healthcare practices has seen a steady climb ever since. No longer a dream, m-health has breathed a new life into the country’s health sector.
The slow and steady adoption of m-clinic apps for doctors is a testimonial to the fact that technology has become imperative for the delivery of efficient healthcare services to the masses. These mobile apps have helped tackle some of the major challenges faced by the health industry. As per the government’s directive, these mobile apps were introduced on a trial basis and now they have gained solid roots owing to the fact that they have helped bring the doctors closer to each other and to their patients.
Indian government’s focus on digital healthcare
The latest scheme launched by the government, the Digital India Initiative, is going to overcome a lot of obstacles hindering the use of technology in healthcare, not the least of which is the fear of relying on technology too much. The fact remains, the concept of Digital India can never be put into effect without the digitalization of healthcare setup and this truth was realized by the government long ago, following which, a lot of efforts and resources have been directed to give technology a solid footing in the health industry.
Determined to make the Digital India Initiative a successful endeavor, the government has been focusing all its efforts to bring technological reforms in the health sector. The introduction of a multitude of health mobile apps for all the leading smartphone platforms is a testimonial to the fact that the government is dedicated to restructure the health setup on technological grounds. The trend of using mobile apps in healthcare has been fuelled along by the widespread use of smartphones and easy access to internet.
Under the keen supervision of the government, another of the trends that heath sector has witnessed is the use of wearable technological health gadgets. The use of wearable technologies has proved to be a milestone for research purposes, lending the clinicians a big helping hand when it comes to mass scale monitoring. The winds of change are already in motion and the use of these technological gadgets is bound to change the horizons of health care delivery entirely.
Telemedicine has emerged as a by-product of the government’s investment in providing the health industry with a sturdy IT backbone. Electronic recording systems are already up and running in almost all the major hospitals. Telemedicine has become one of the fastest growing industries in India and it has ensured improved and more efficient health care services, resulting in better health outcomes.
Technology is, no doubt, gaining a robust foothold in the health industry owing to the government’s efforts to remove the discrepancies in healthcare delivery, to make the healthcare accessible for all and as competent as the health sector of any other developed country.