Digitising Healthcare Must To Ensure Access For All: Tells Expert

Today, start-ups have shown us that they can help India become a global leader in healthcare and serve the underserved doctor community (care providers).

Thanks to remote monitoring devices, wearables, and other patient-generated health data, clinicians can even get a full view of a patient’s health data.
Thanks to remote monitoring devices, wearables, and other patient-generated health data, clinicians can even get a full view of a patient’s health data.

The coronavirus pandemic left people with no option but to go digital. Digitisation has since come a long way and now even senior citizens are embracing it. Health indsutry too has adopted several technologies that are playing an important role in the remote patient monitoring. HealthWire spoke to Prashant Parmar, Head Sales (Doctor Growth), HealthPlix, to understand more on this topic. Here are excerpts:

Prashant Parmar, Head Sales (Doctor Growth), HealthPlix Technologies.
Prashant Parmar, Head Sales (Doctor Growth), HealthPlix Technologies.

Need for digitising healthcare

The rising predominance of critical illnesses like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes is driven by fast urbanization and inactive lifestyle among many others. While these illnesses present a danger to individuals, it is also a threat to the financial prosperity and progress of the country. Care providers thereby must embrace innovative technology solutions to tackle today’s healthcare concerns.

Today, start-ups have shown us that they can help India become a global leader in healthcare and serve the underserved doctor community (care providers). Ranging from scanning an x-ray using a smartphone to measuring glucose levels on an app, these start-ups must continue to explore innovative ways to enhance disease management protocols.

Further, in order to drive population-scale health outcomes, doctors today require agile digital systems such as EMR (Electronic medical records). EMR is much more than a telemedicine service. It is a holistic approach to digitization that enables clinicians to collect and integrate all relevant data points into a single platform, resulting in better treatment decisions that can be tailored to each patient.

Being a doctor first brand, HealthPlix has the longest-standing relationship and experience in working with the superheroes of Indian healthcare – Doctors! The onus is on health-tech start-ups like us on how we best utilize a doctor’s time and provide proprietary digital tools that enhance their practice.

Bottomline, building a solid foundation with EMR systems is critical to the long-term success of a digital healthcare ecosystem. EMR systems are important channels through which doctors deliver quality care – and HealthPlix is at the forefront of empowering them.

New digital tools for better patient treatment

In India, where the doctor-to-patient ratio is still about 1:1400, doctors for long have been searching for answers to manage this healthcare burden. Since 2017, a plethora of healthcare firms have made their attempts to help doctors in the best possible way and bring quality healthcare to the country’s most distant places. In addition to it, there is a bigger underlying problem of delayed diagnosis / underdiagnosis. To tackle issues in the current ecosystem, healthcare providers or HCP’s must rely on cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

First, for decades AI systems have played a key role in a variety of businesses. Modern digital technologies can aid in illness prevention and early diagnosis by collecting and examining several vitals of patients. Furthermore, there are enough instances to prove deep learning algorithms have complemented a doctor’s practice and predict prognosis and future occurrences in patients. This may potentially speed up the arrival of life-saving medications on the market.

Second, the future of EMR holds a lot of promise with better care for patients and ease of providing superior care by physicians and medical facilities using digital technologies. They provide seamless communication and coordination among different healthcare providers to optimize patient care. The usage of EMR plays a crucial role in driving population scale health outcomes and allowing private and public healthcare players to participate, co-create, and respond to any future health pandemics to come.

Third, in an era when almost everybody is digitally connected in some way – even senior citizens, who are frequently considered technophobic – the healthcare industry is embracing the emergence of connected health strategies and remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies. Analytics capabilities are mission-critical features for remote monitoring since they direct the care team’s attention to the most perceptive evidence.

Without analytics, much of the data formed is not actionable. With all the health information that a remote monitoring program amasses, analytics tools are vital to make clinical decisions.

Digital health revolution is REAL

In general, one of the initial steps towards a digital transformation is to leverage new technologies to break the silos and ensure an ecosystem which allows effective flow of health information between care providers and givers. There is a growing need to reimagine the delivery of healthcare to make the growth of technology-enabled healthcare more socially and economically inclusive and affordable.

Thanks to remote monitoring devices, wearables, and other patient-generated health data, clinicians can even get a full view of a patient’s health data. The digital health revolution is REAL and significantly changing the way that medical processes are managed, making them more effective, timely and precise for patients.

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