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The Roadmap For Quality Healthcare in Rural India Through Technology

The combined technology-backed efforts will confer complete physical, mental, and social well-being with the best-in-class healthcare facilities for everyone irrespective of geographical and demographical diversities.

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India despite being the world’s 7th largest nation has been spending merely 1.3% of the national GDP on healthcare, which is way less than 6% of the global average. As per the 2011 national census 68.86% people residing in rural areas still don’t have access to quality healthcare. This population pool is devoid of sufficient ambulatory, clinical, and hospital care facilities. However, Under ‘Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission’ (ABNHPM) – 2018, the Indian Government has brought ICT at the forefront of Indian healthcare system. Telemedicine and Telehealth are creating a safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered and timely health management system. 

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is enabling the transition of healthcare sector from a sporadic institutional delivery system to community-based preventive care based on information systems.Long-distance clinical care, health-related education, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are going to be at the center of healthcare evolution in Rural India. 

The need of Telemedicine

In spite of having a considerate increase in the medical staff and doctors, Rural Indian healthcare system is still facing challenges to attract and retain the expert medical practitioners. Another challenge which has become Achilles’ heel for the Indian rural healthcare is lack of Investment and Infrastructure. The continuous efforts of dealing with substantial issues at various fronts in healthcare services aren’t proving successful. 

The need of the hour is to join the global movement for Technology Enabled Care (TEC) and re-strategize the healthcare growth model on Public-Private Partnership. Telemedicine has become an important tool in offering doctor consultation in remote location with convenience. This is facilitating regular health monitoring, management of chronic diseases, and post-operative follow-ups. 

EHRs helping in healthcare evolution

ICT and EHRs can together result in the improvisation of quality, safe and efficient healthcare delivery system. The newer advancements in the field of genomics, pharmacogenomics, molecular diagnostics, targeted therapies, regenerative medicine, and information based calculative medicine can play a major role in driving the future of Indian healthcare, especially in rural areas. 

Today, the communication industry has evolved and India boasts of nearly 1 billion smartphone users in the country. The widespread network of existing smartphones can be used to build an inclusive IoT (Internet of Things) network to create comprehensive EMRs for rural patients. These EMRs can record information on patients’ health issues, lifestyle and habits as well. Furthermore, these can also be utilized to monitor medication reaction and adherence, eventually to build precision medicine. 

Quality Training for Quality Treatment

Another issue of specialized medical training can also be resolved through ICT, AI (Artificial Intelligence), and VR (Virtual Reality). Training for emergency situations can be simulated through VR to train medical staff and equip them with cloud-based advanced equipment to record patient’s vitals and relay to remote doctors for expert investigation. This can efficiently resolve the issues arising because of lack of doctor-population ratio and proper infrastructure in remote rural areas.  

The Future of Rural Healthcare Technology

As per NITI Aayog, the National Health Stack (NHS) is a visionary digital framework with a holistic approach to support healthcare across the nation. The recent NHS study has also aimed for Digital Health Records for all citizens by 2022 to leverage all benefits of telemedicine and E-health for Indian citizens. 

On one hand, the Indian government under ‘Ayushman Bharat’ program has taken up the path of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) derived under the United Nations’ - ‘Agenda: 2030’ through various national schemes and policies. And, on the other hand, many private players have also entered the healthcare sector facilitating a virtual connection between patients and remote doctors through cloud-based technology. 

Our VBRI Group is devoted in providing healthcare at home that will help the patients from rural areas with all healthcare requirements within a uniform infrastructure where the patients will have the full faith to get cured without any struggle. These smart healthcare infrastructures arerelated to mass medicine with the combination of Internet of thing (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and nanotechnology.VBRI is workingwith their motto of “committed to excellence”to provide higher quality healthcare to millions of patients for living healthier longer lives and with the dedication of serving the common people of Indiaand providing themaccurate treatment at their home with a minimal charge.

The combined technology-backed efforts will confer complete physical, mental, and social well-being with the best-in-class healthcare facilities for everyone irrespective of geographical and demographical diversities.

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Dr Ashutosh Tiwari

Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari is the Chairman and Managing Director of VBRI innovation and technology group headquartered in Sweden. Under his excellent leadership, the company that began with small publishing activity in 2002 has become a multi-national company expanding its outreach into the research segments of education, health, energy, technology, agriculture, and environment. He is responsible for the functioning of the organization in India and on the International frontier. Dr. Tiwari has adroitly framed VBRI to facilitate social welfare and rural upliftment across the world, especially India.

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