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After Fintech, It’s Time To Revolutionise Healthcare In India

With deeper penetration of technology and the internet, big data is helping shape India’s future. The government with its clear mandate has been accelerating efforts to ensure that even the marginalized segments are not left untouched by digitization and are able to derive its benefits to the fullest

Digitisation across sectors, streams and processes defines India of today. It has revolutionised delivery, and, has, in a very short span of time, aligned the vast Indian population to a digital way of life. Now is India’s time to reap the benefits of this change to reform healthcare across the country. 

With deeper penetration of technology and the internet, big data is helping shape India’s future. The government with its clear mandate has been accelerating efforts to ensure that even the marginalized segments are not left untouched by digitization and are able to derive its benefits to the fullest.

After a series of policy changes and the introduction of digital technology, both at the government level and with models like a public-private partnership, the positive results are already visible on ground. They are being experienced and appreciated by the citizens as they have not only eased life to a great extent but also provided the much-needed freedom of time. A case in point is the digital financial transactions and introduction of digital wallets, UPI and other financial/ banking apps that have not only replaced our physical wallets, but have also completely changed the way we pay today. While the critics might have their views, digitisation is making a long-lasting impact on everyone’s life today. 

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission: The UPI of health sector 

Post the introduction of India’s biggest game changer in the health sector, the Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme, the government has been providing the right impetus for the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). This promises to be a giant step towards digitisation of health services and records, and, many are even terming it, as the UPI of the health sector that is going to transform the sector forever. This takes the first, and an extremely important step, towards standardising the process of identification of an individual across healthcare providers. At the same time, this is being seen as the only way to ensure that the created medical records are issued to the correct individual or accessed by Health Information User through appropriate consent. The provision of UHID and maintaining detailed digital health records that are updated accurately and easily, across multiple systems and stakeholders, will be the key to the success of the program. 

India can showcase how data interoperability can help heal the world 

Data interoperability has been a hurdle that’s been staring at governments the world over for a long time. It is very obvious to experts that this crucial challenge will need to be addressed in the most innovative way. It is here that Ayushman Bharat fits in like a glove. The open participation of both the private sector and government departments and the adoption of new-age technologies will not only make the system seamless but also one of the most credible and trusted in the world. As a leading stakeholder in the space, we are truly excited about how the Indian Government has envisioned this data exchange platform. We need to develop innovative products that provide state-of-art solutions to help doctors build in and have real-time access to patient records. This standardisation of real-time paperless data and patient health records will enable a doctor to have a 360-degree view of the patient and provide better care. 

Transforming the patient and doctor experience 

Being integrated into the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, through the technical stack that has been built, allows tech platforms to show a complete patient profile to the doctor even if the patient has visited multiple facilities, or has a very diverse medical history.  

By ensuring constant focus and moving beyond pilots, the government is now firmly putting the spotlight on adoption of new age technologies that can scale up the project and help derive benefits beyond expectations. With the adoption of technologies like EMRs, we can enable data entry and information retrieval from the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission tech stack, thereby providing a strong foundation and means to accelerate the adoption phenomenally. The common mission being to drive EMR (electronic medical record) adoption in India, something that involves a lot of data entry and hence calls for providing a seamless and excellent voice user interface experience. 

 



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