Rural healthcare measures have been taken very seriously my many medical institutes.They have tried to bring innovation in technology that can help rural to be the first aid facility at the prime and foremost place.Likewise telemedicines have become a popular practice in rural places. Technology is helping rural healthcare a stable and a helpful position.
Like wise in New Delhi, ‘Adwitya 2015’ the two-day national healthcare conference conducted by Institute of Healthcare Management and Research (IIHMR), brought together a cast of wonderfully passionate speakers to deliberate on the trends in healthcare operations.
Talking about operational efficiency with IT, Dr. Chandil Kumar (COO, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore) stated that in hospitals, the IT department is at the bottom in terms of importance and should be treated with as much significance as any other department in the hospital. He believes that penetration of technology into the working of hospitals is something all hospitals should adopt as it has proved to be successful abroad and shouldn’t prove to be otherwise here in India. He elaborated how certain medical processes such as checking blood pressure and sugar levels can be seamlessly done with the use of mobile applications. He said, “We are able to keep a track of our health with our mobile devices. This information should be used to monitor ourselves as it has now become an easy task.”
Dr. Kumar also spoke about how an integrated approach to healthcare is necessary to ensure that patients are capable of making predictions rather than attaching priorities to the symptoms they may be showing. This would allow for efficiency through the functioning of healthcare delivery. Dr. Usha Manjunath added to the topic by saying, “Mobile technology has penetrated the rural market so delivering health can be made more accessible and affordable for the masses.
Dr. Selwyn Colaco (COO, Cytecare Hospitals), emphasized the need for second-line clinicians to be actively involved in the process of operational management and planning of new infrastructures in hospital management. He said” The objective is to improve outcomes of patient visits instead of focussing on numbers in diagnostics.” Clinicians are the promoters and partners in improving adoption of new systems. Governance in his opinion is the management of risk with standardisation of protocols and strategies of evaluating patient data.