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m-care is the future of healthcare

Gandhinagar: Government of Gujarat organized a special seminar on “Health for ALL: Leveraging Technology, Innovations & Enablers” on the second day of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, 2015. The Partner organizations of the event were World Health Organizations, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), John Hopkins University (Bloomberg School of Public Health) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Healthcare has always been the backbone of the society, and consequently an aid to its growth and development. As we move towards a future with increasing population and rising healthcare costs, technology must play a central role for healthcare reforms to contain costs, improve access and save lives. The seminar provided a platform for experts, industry leaders and policy makers to deliberate on leveraging technology, innovation and enablers for making healthcare services available and affordable for all. The discussions shed light on the persisting issues in healthcare sector and showed a way forward to achieve universal healthcare. The seminar touched upon some very pertinent topics, including new-born care, specialized care and use of mobile telephony for making healthcare services accessible to all. With increasing accessibility of mobile phones, Health services must be leveraged to expand the horizons of healthcare services. Latest technologies and trends in pharmaceutical industry were also discussed in the seminar. It was emphasized that taking healthcare services to each and every citizen is of utmost importance in this era. Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative in India said, “Health is not only about treating sick people but also about making people healthy, so that they can lead a happy life. There is a need for preventive health services” Shri Nitin Patel, Minister of Health, Government of Gujarat, highlighted, “Gujarat received an award from UNICEF for our Pulse polio mission which was implemented from 1995. We have not registered any new case after 2007.” The seminar was attended by more than 500 Healthcare Professionals across the Country. The purpose was to take stock of the present Health Scenario; decide the post MDG agenda and chart ways to achieve them through Technology, Innovation & Enablers. Eminent speakers who addressed the event were Ms. Dipika Damerla, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), Canada; Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, Country Head, UNICEF; Prof. Alain Labrique, Associate Professor, Dept of International Health; Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals; Prof. Pranab Kumar Datta, Head MST, IIT Kharagpur; Mr. Girish Krishnamurthy, VP and Head, Healthcare Products & Platform, TCS; Prof. Dileep Mavlankar, Director, IIPH – Gandhinagar and Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, CMD, Zydus cadila. Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals said that the concept of healthcare is being changed totally. Our driver's son has become doctor or engineer, so their lifestyle has been changed. care through Mobile phone(m-care) is the future of healthcare. Now treatments are moving from hospitals to clinics and clinics to home. Biology(human genome) and Bandwidth will change the entire picture of healthcare sector. There were 150 million internet users in India in 2013. By the end of 2015 expected Internet users will be 400 millin. Similarly, Over 100 million mobile users were having internet on phone. By 2015 the figure will touch over 250 million. Just put three fingers of both the hands on smart phone and within 3 minutes you can get ECG. In the transformation, aspects of preventive care, curative care and emergeny care will be much more important. Tele Advice, Telemedicine & Healthcare Education will be healthcare transformation platforms. The future services will be through service acess points, phone, chat, fax, sms, email & browser. Apollo is planning to launch special app for healthcare to ride the mobile phone revolution. We have 400 e-ICU i.e. external ICUs for transformation of healthcare services. Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, CMD, Zydus cadila said that PM of India said that we have started single window system for business clearances, but I am finding where the window is? Sometimes it takes 5 yrs for clearance. We need enabling environment for innovations. We need openness and trustworthy atmosphere. We have hope from Shri Narendra Modi government. 60% of global vaccine supply comes from India. Expenditure on healthcare must be raised from 4% to 7-8%. Similarly funding to R & D is also crucial. Acess of healthcare can be improved through mobile revolution. We have started three Sanjivani Rath for cancer awareness, we will increase number of such ruths to 26 so that it can be accessible to almost all districts. Healthy nation will make a difference. Bring Make in India in healthcare sector too. 11 MOUs were signed. A few key MoUs were: •    ACHI Hospital Pvt. Ltd. pledged to provide 325 bedded pediatric super specialty hospital in Surat & South Gujarat •    Health Care Global enterprise Ltd. committed to make 300 bedded new hospital in Ahmedabad •    Shankaracharya Helath Care pledged in the field of Healthcare •    Farbe Firma proposed to start world class centre for excellence with R&D centre for new drug

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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