Role of Technology in Revolutionizing Healthcare

Dr. Shikha Sharma, Founder, Dr. Shikha’s NutriHealth
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Dr. Shikha Sharma, Founder, Dr. Shikha’s NutriHealth
Headquartered in New Delhi, Dr. Shikha's NutriHealth is a healthcare technology platform that offers wellness and diseases prevention guidance to help people manage obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and many other lifestyle diseases naturally, safely and with practical methods.

Technological innovations are slowly transforming the healthcare industry by providing smart, mobile-powered products. The use of smart phones and other related devices is not only changing the way people access healthcare information, but also revolutionizing the way healthcare professionals function. With nearly 70 percent of India's population living in rural areas, and a low doctor-to-patient ratio (1:1700 as compared to a WHO minimum stipulated ratio of 1:1000), the country faces the biggest challenge of making quality and cost-effective healthcare accessible to one and all. Many new organizations are entering the healthcare market with an aim to provide convenient and cost-effective healthcare solutions to clients by using advanced technological tools.

The Challenges Faced

Some common problems faced by rural communities include inaccessibility to fundamental healthcare facilities such as medicines, diagnostic equipment, hospital beds, and blood. Further, a lack of proper management of basic infrastructure and absence of an effective redressal system create gaps in the healthcare delivery system. The presence of traditional record keeping system in the Indian healthcare sector makes it difficult to access patient records and information, thus leading to constraints in providing timely diagnosis, treatment, and referrals. Paper-based records cannot be accessed centrally and therefore, restrict the administration of medical care facility across geographies, leading to extended waiting periods, long queues, and higher cost of medical attention at many hospitals and medical centres.

The Technological Advantage

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