Dr. Giridar Giani, Director General of the Healthcare Providers Association (India), said the future of Indian healthcare depends not only on the latest technology and connectivity, but on building basic healthcare infrastructure in smaller towns to ensure last mile healthcare delivery.
He was speaking on the topic of ‘Managing the future of healthcare’ at the opening session of the TN Medclave 2021 organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern District, in the city on Saturday.
Lack of specialized care
Gianni, providing the address by default, said that in Tamil Nadu there are nearly 200 hospitals with more than 100 beds. However, 50 per cent of them are located in two cities – Chennai and Coimbatore. Similarly, in Telangana, there are more than 120 hospitals with more than 100 beds, of which 118 are concentrated in Hyderabad alone, which means that the rest of Telangana does not have any tertiary care facility.
“One can talk about artificial intelligence (AI), preventative care, central command systems, etc., but these things will take time. First, we need basic physical infrastructure in Tier 3 cities if you want AI, telemedicine, or telemedicine to work. Remote counseling.
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Highlighting India’s ranking in the World Health Organization (WHO) report and the recent Lancet Index of Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ), which ranked India 145th out of 195 countries, Gianni said the common point between these two studies is that India lacks To the availability and accessibility of quality health care.
In her opening speech, Suneeta Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospital Enterprises, said digital transformation plays a huge role in healthcare delivery and that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital adoption by healthcare providers and patients.
“According to estimates, 60 percent of Indians now own a smartphone. We are talking about inaccessibility of healthcare in Level 2 and 3 cities but this is the best way to provide access to those in Level 2 and 3 cities so that they can then be brought in to Level 1 hospitals for those required interventions,” Reddy said.
S Chandrakumar, Chairman of CII Tamil Nadu and Founder and CEO of Kauvery Hospital, noted that the entry of venture capitalists (VCs) and private equity firms (PEs) into the healthcare sector since the late 2000s has changed the healthcare delivery scenario. in India.
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When the investor came in, they started to focus on governance, whether it was clinical or non-clinical governance. In those days, we weren’t used to having a management information system in hospitals or we were compromising on minimum wages and all that stuff. But now, all the funds are starting to put pressure on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), which has become essential for all investments.