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Achieving Affordability, Accessibility and Quality - Top Priorities of Indian Healthcare

Joy Chakraborty, COO - P D Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Center
Monday, July 28, 2014
Joy Chakraborty, COO - P D Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Center
Established in the early 1950's, PD Hinduja Hospital is multispecialty, ultramodern tertiary care hospital in Mumbai.

Indian healthcare has undergone a major transition in the last decade. This transition has taken place in the delivery format, healthcare set up and most importantly in the approach of addressing healthcare issues. Very importantly, it can be noted that healthcare has not remained only a curative area but significant development is taking place in various aspects. A typical provider is not based out of a typical hospital structure but has formed healthcare set ups like clinics, homecare and day care formats.

India's Footprint in the Global Healthcare

Indian Healthcare has a wide array of services and facilities. Indian professionals (medical & , nursing) and home-grown technology are greatly admired across the globe. It is needless to say these elements have created many centres of excellence in this country and are comparable and maybe ahead of their international counterparts. However, these high class facilities are not available across the country and there are many centres which lack the basic and moderate infrastructure and resources, hence, there is a wide gap in the available services. Role clarity between the private and public stakeholders along with creation of sustainable healthcare infrastructure through technology can significantly bridge this gap.


From the technology perspective, healthcare sector has seen the introduction of technology in multiple forms and areas whether it is medical or Information Technology or in a format which is helping in the improvement of operations in the hospital. Some of the key technological advancements have been seen in diagnostics which has ensured quick medical interventions. The Indian healthcare fraternity has also started utilizing several technologies which are available across the world and some of our centres of excellence are probably better equipped and well established. To get Indian healthcare on a common platform with global standards, India needs to start to create a common database of patient data which can be easily accessed by multiple providers instead of creating and maintaining multiple databases in silos. Point of care and advanced diagnostic technology should be our top priority and of course, innovations in therapeutics can boost Indian healthcare significantly.

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