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Health technology enabling improved consumer opportunity and health outcomes connecting the last mile
Mar 11, 2021

(Continued from part 1)

Speaking at the session on Healthcare Technology – NDHM and Optimizing the Operating Models to promote Digital Health Dr Om Manchanda managing Director, Dr Lal Path labs said, “ One of biggest changes that have been brought about by technology in the entire management of operations going virtual. Technology is becoming the mainstream of health care operations by making healthcare both accessible and affordable and the entire experience being made convenient for the consumer. Operating model of service players is also changing.”

Focusing on the importance of the National Digital Health Blueprint Mr Abhishek Kumar Executive Director – IT In Healthcare National Health Authority (NHA) said, “ Making the healthcare ecosystem interoperable is the main objective of the NDHM. We need to have common identifiers so that all the stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem can be identified distinctly. We also need to develop standards and make the ecosystem players adopt them. One key element of NDHM is that it is voluntary for all stakeholders. It is citizen centric with the individual being in control of the data. We don’t seek to create a central repository of data, instead, data will be maintained at hospital and patient level.” He said that in NDHM various registries are in place and functional in 6 Union Territories which will be expanded to other cities soon. “ NDHM and its adoption pace is going to increase with time. As we keep on expanding the project people will start seeing more value in it which will give a major boost to value added services” he added.

Mr Joy Chakraborty Chief Operating Officer PD Hinduja Hospitals said, “ For the interest of the population of India NDHM should be made mandatory without which there may occur system failure. NDHM would play a critical role in linking the primary, secondar and tertiary level healthcare providers. Due to NDHM so much of data will be created  on one platform that will significantly influence patient treatment and management and doctors will be able to generate their own treatment guidelines.”

Dr Shubnum Singh, Advisor, CII Healthcare Council stated telemedicine has been in India for around 20 years, however, it's moment of arrival has happened in adversity. It suddenly has exponentially grown up to 89%. The hesitancy that was seen earlier, from both the doctor and patients side, has been overcome with acceptance.

 Dr S.Eswara Reddy Joint DCGI CDSCO, highlighted a number of government initiatives taken. He said, “The Government of India is keen on developing health technology. MoHFW and CDSCO have developed a digital health vision. The main objective of National Digital Health Mission is to create ad complete digital health ecosystem that supports Universal Health Coverage in efficient, accessible, timely and safe manner. Government has a well defined policy and vision and is in various stages of implementation of Health IT. On the regulation side, CDSCO with support of MoHFW have already notified Medical Device Rules 2017 where it is mandatory to submit applications only online.  We have defined medical devices and have included software as a medical device. We have also developed Unique Identifiers for medical devices and from 1st January, 2022 it will be mandatory to track and trace medical devices. We are also in the process if completely revamping the Sugam Portal where we will use artificial intelligence for preliminary review of applications by the system itself. The GoI is keen on developing a National Single Window System with Invest India where all details will be uploaded on a single platform. Both portals of state governments and sugam portal will be integrated with the National Single Window System.”

Commenting on e-pharmacies Dr Reddy said, “ There are many benefits of e-pharmacy like increase in access and convenience for the consumer. Availability of medicine will also increase and enhance services of the pharmacists. It will also ensure complete traceability of records. All the data generated will be key in making analytics. However there are also some concerns such as multiple dispensation of drugs and uploading of fake prescriptions.”

11 March 2021

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