Healthcare has appeared as one of India’s biggest areas, both from a revenue and employment perspective. Factors such as a growing middle class and the increasing burden of new diseases have triggered the need to expand both the quality and accessibility of medical care system.
India’s medical care sector should maintain a balance between giving world-class healthcare at high-end urban hospitals while also ensuring that the large rural populations have access to important healthcare facilities. In the past two years, the pandemic has highlighted the need to give medical care a prominence. It mainly revealed the importance of remote healthcare and digital technologies in modifying healthcare of the future.
As the healthcare sector re-discovers itself for a new digital future, here are a few main upcoming trends that we can expect:
As digitalisation and start-ups are making their entry into the healthcare space, they are bringing their deep domain understanding to innovate new business models and partnerships.
1. Merging of Healthcare and Technology:
In India too, the confluence of these sectors has a great capability to create a far more patient-centric health care model that will prioritise well-being rather than just responding to illness. This will also give push to conventional hospitals to explore new areas of healthcare, something that is already there in the urban hospitals.
2. Remote Healthcare:
In the latest Union 2022, the Indian finance minister announced a national tele-mental health programme that focuses to take mental healthcare services and counselling to the regions in the country, mainly rural areas that are not developed in mental healthcare infrastructure. Telemedicine is likely to play a major role in shaping India’s medical care since it addresses the issue of access to healthcare facilities in the backward areas. At the same time, it also permits medical care experts to increase their productivity..
Also, the increasing popularity of smartwatches or fitness bands permits people to play a major and continuous role in managing their own health. However, to increase its production in making healthcare personalised, efficient, cost-effective and supportive infrastructure is required.
3. Consolidating Data:
The COVID-19 has increased the requirement of error-free, real-time data and the need for a healthcare system that has technical capabilities to offer data on time. Technology has a major role to play not just in data collection, but also in organising and analysing the information. Digital tools these days can help access and analyse data and make key predictions in an unknown and messed up health surroundings. Digital technologies like AI, ML, advanced analytics, and RPA can help get actionable insights to make real-time decisions.
The Government, healthcare industry, as well as technology players should be together to make a feasible ecosystem for technology-driven healthcare system.