Augmenting Digitalization of Healthcare Services in India

With technological innovation and advancement, it is quite imperative that its advantageous presence is felt in each and every sphere of the civic framework. India has always been open to the adoption of progression and in the past few decades have shown sheer commitment in adopting technological advancement thus on a global scale being among the fastest technology adopters.

One of the key zones where the technology and digital advancement could make wonders and substantially bring significant change is the health sector of the country. With digitalization taking a rapid pace, the ever-changing role of digital technology to improve the health sector to let it achieve growth and innovation is very important. India is expected to grow in digital connectivity that per estimated statistical data could climb to about 80% in 2034. The major leap is to occur in the rural domain as rural Internet users are expected to increase 58% annually.

It is no hidden fact that India has faced the perils of an infrastructural gap in terms of health care as significant disparity till date exists between the urban and rural locale. In terms of delivering healthcare services in a country with density of doctor being one per thousand patients, the reformatory capacity inherent in technology is no hidden fact. Digital health care services in India in recent years have transformed both the urban and rural spaces.

The healthcare services in India is moving towards digitalization and it has significantly tooled on technology to improve critical processes to deliver quality healthcare. With the digitalization of healthcare, the country, by and large, has provided with a low-cost solution with higher coverage. With the advent of technology topological and temporal borders have been crossed to provide healthcare assistance to people residing in the remote corners of the country lacking physical healthcare infrastructure by providing a better and more accurate diagnosis, managing operations and facilitating effective collaboration and dialogue between doctors and healthcare workers.

India’s digital healthcare facilities would find no merit without the country’s health star-ups that in contemporary India have registered itself to be integral to the healthcare ecosystem. They have done a marvellous job in improving the integration of the health sector with the Information and Communication Technology in India. India’s digitalized healthcare sector holds the objective to integrate innovation and sustainability to find out viable solutions for the canvas of health facilities. By converging the goods of the technology in the arena of health, the benefits of the process have surpassed the constraints of implementations as telecommunication, use of wireless technologies, cloud computing and data analytics have significantly dealt with the major issue of labour shortage in the health sector.

Not just managing the labour efficiency and shortage, but the digitalization of healthcare has even improved the accessibility and affordability of health care services in the nation. Fast response mechanism in case of emergency is another added benefit. Technological innovation in healthcare has reduced the cost burden on those availing the facilities thus scaling down economical pressure and driving up adoption that will further get driven by the automation of critical processes at hospitals in administration, patient records, pharmacies finance and billing.

Many digital health start-ups have adopted novel technologies like wearable-tech, telemedicine, genomics, and artificial intelligence to improve and transform the Indian healthcare system. Digital healthcare services include smartphones applications for easy appointment bookings, patient engagement tools that educate and create awareness about health-related issues, physician engagement tools that build interactive portals to increase connectivity, technology interfaces such as tabs for e-detailing and easy day-to-day reporting as well as monitoring supply chain management.

The most crucial contribution in some way is made by the mobile based applications that have converted episodic care into continuous care by targeting behavioural changes. Mobile applications with real-time and data-driven dashboards has made self-evaluation possible for patients who now are more informed and empowered to realize the importance of change in lifestyle pattern on the diseases and have accordingly crafted their routine by benefiting from the technology that provides a wide range of non-clinical yet essential health care solutions be it exercises, diet patterns or even medical adherence.

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