The current onslaught of COVID-19 has brought to the fore numerous issues that healthcare systems face worldwide. India, with its COVID-19 case load trailing China, Europe and the US by a few weeks, is almost certain to encounter its healthcare system’s limitations in the coming weeks to months. Many countries today have witnessed a geometric rise in the number of cases of the virus owing to its infectiousness and unique transmission characteristics. Barring unknown climatic effects or significant mutations in the virus, it is likely to follow a similar course in the Indian population. The similarities unfortunately end here.
India’s population is 1.3 billion as of 2020 based on the population forecast (1). India is home to 18% of the world population. As per the Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Disease Dynamics (EPI Model), at least 40% of the people are likely to be infected in the US. As per Prof. Lipsitch (2) a well-known Epidemiologist of Harvard school of public health, “40% to 70% of people worldwide are likely to be infected by COVID-19 in the coming year”.
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, it’s being updated as and when we are coming across updates from various organisations. The list will be continuously updated. Rest assured there are many more Innovators working to provide solutions and services to Indians. We want to thank people working in healthcare organisations and others providing care and solutions during these testing times 🙏
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI issued a document dated, March 2020, “BOARD OF GOVERNORS In supersession of the Medical Council of India” – Telemedicine Practice Guidelines: Enabling Registered Medical Practitioners to Provide Healthcare Using Telemedicine
Healthcare Consumers’ biggest pain point today has been the difficulty in navigating the fragmented ecosystem! This fragmented ecosystem is leading to impersonal communication & transactions and complicated & time-consuming affair. Due to the increasingly personalized and convenient experiences with other sectors, Consumers have high expectations when it comes to the services they’re receiving from the healthcare industry, according to a new global survey from Salesforce Research.
There is no denying the fact that healthcare costs very high. We all are just 1-2 Serious illnesses away from getting totally bankrupt and losing all your savings if luck goes bad and there is no insurance to cover it. Even if there is no financial constraint, getting access to a human physician and getting to satisfactory quality time with them is next to impossible for billions.
Healthcare in the world’s most developed country US, someone asked me is it cost-effective? You know the answer, no, it’s one of the most expensive commodity in the US. US ranks 1st when it comes to per patient spending, yet the World Health Report 2000, Health Systems: Improving Performance, ranked US health care system 37th in the world when gauged on the parameter of patient outcomes. This rising healthcare costs with poor patient outcomes proves the theory that “more money does not guarantee better health.”
Everyone from Marc Andreessen to the angel next door is talking about the disruptive forces of digital technology knocking the doors of healthcare industry. Nothing is more appealing than a cure for cancer or at least a possible early diagnosis. Potential for solving the resource crunch by replacing doctors with AI appears to be on the horizon.
Healthcare initiatives have taken a quantum leap by incorporating many disruptive technologies that seek to aid and empower the patient base by improving access to existing and novel services at lower costs.
If you are in healthcare, you must have come across this group of professionals here and there. Well, everywhere! Nurses often are bridging professionals in healthcare hence they were one of the few professionals who were impacted the most with the introduction of HIT in India and across the globe.
The Trans Atlantic telehealth research Network and Centre for Innovative Medical Technology at Odense University Hospital have organised a 5 days PhD Course, the subject is research methods in innovation processes for Digital health Technology. Other participating organisations are Aalborg University Denmark, CITRIS and the BANATAO Institute, the University of California and University of Southern Denmark.
Digital health Technology adoption in India is gaining momentum. Many digital health entrepreneurs are providing solutions for hospitals and patients. With India becoming more connected, by becoming one of the largest markets in terms of the mobile phone and broadband densities in the world, many Innovative solutions and Technology ecosystems are being developed for Digital Health interventions.
The leapfrog we envision is that of public, precision healthcare. This means that not only would every citizen have access to affordable healthcare, but the care delivered would be holistic (as opposed to symptomatic) and preventive (and not just curative) in nature.