Digitizing Healthcare – Where Does India Stand?

Over the by 10 years the Western globe has seen an unprecedented sanity IT change. Hospitals, as well as private clinics, have moved from the traditive paper-based systems to one where the patients have a digital recite of their iatrical conditions and treatments. The enabler has obviously been a thespian understanding of electronic health monument (EHR / EMR).

According to a data muster in 2016 – over 95% of hospitals and toward 80% of physicians in USA usage EMR systems. The prevailing ecosystem is ambitious both these numbers rapidly even more close to the 100% indication. Only 7 years prior (2009), the data stood at – under 10% hospitals and 17% physicians using electronic medical register systems. Even though the primary push to these numbers was triggered by direction legislations – the impact on participation and physical friary are the main benefits.

In India – technology has tite changed our lives over the last decade. We have seen one of the most shoot adoptions of excitable and internet, and estimation are amongst the lowest in the world. Even people living below poverty line weigh mobile phone as a ‘must have’ – believing it to be an gun. On the other hand, however – the persevering conference prosecute for a leech remains largely traditional (historic) – paper based. While all of us expect, and demand, banking, payments, exaction filings, diversely information paroxysm, train, taxi, mien and even cinema bookings over the internet, our expectations in the management of health – our most considerable asset – have been unusually muted.

India has nearly 100,000 organized healthcare setups – including government and incorporate hospitals, healthfulness centers, and nursing homes of changeable magnitude. India also has nearly a million private clinics. While many large hospitals, and government run euphoria hinge in some states, have installed systems to seizure patient & prescription nuts and bolts, no one is even cogitating of the unorganized healthcare sector – being catered to by the million or so clinics. The only thing available in the name of being ‘digital’ – for most metros and cities – is various practice search sites and apps.

The core of digital healthcare, an electronic galenic records system, that both practice and patients have access to – a Public EMR – is simply not usable. Is this something we can eschew for too long? Certainly not. Yes, there will always be relations who weigh initial writing as an personate of ink hitting people – but intermission of the world has moved to email and instant messaging. How rapidly will healthcare go digital?

The author is a co-founder at Healnt Technologies – the Medical Practice Management and Public EMR company. Healnt has built a podium for what is – India’s first EMR system available to general public and to Doctors in the unorganized healthcare sector. Used by Doctors for practice intrigue, and by people for Personal Health Records (PHR) management – the unified apps of HealntMD and Healnt have the efficacious to transfigure the way healthcare is managed in India, and in most of the development nations.

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