Dr Ram Sewak Sharma, Health News, ET HealthWorld



New Delhi: Technological advances in the health sector have made it more accessible and allowed better patient care. For greater redemption of the economy, collaboration between government and industry is essential to achieve many other milestones in the healthcare sector in the future, informed experts attending the 8th National Forum hosted by the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI).

Suggesting a single platform approach for UPI health sector training, Dr Sharma said: “UPI has become a hugely successful and scalable platform. It is a simple one-size-fits-all money transfer system. The healthcare supply has hundreds and thousands of stakeholders – small clinics, large hospitals, state-of-the-art hospitals, pharmacies, diagnosticians and laboratories. It is a diverse ecosystem. All these elements must be brought together on a single platform for it to become the UPI of the health sector ”

He further explained how the technology in the healthcare sector should be inclusive, take into account diversity, interoperable, scalable, frugal, user-friendly, should not become an additional burden for a doctor that hinders the flow of work and most importantly , must be people-centered. .

Speaking about how people’s privacy is taken care of, Sharma shared, “The principles of privacy by design have been followed since the introduction of Aadhar. Minimum information, consent-based information sharing, goal-specific information, notice to a total of nine principles are also followed for NHDM.

Concluding his statement, he stressed the need to design an open platform with all the necessary artefacts in terms of digital public goods taken into consideration. It will be a protocol-based network where people can plug in their solutions with neutral search options.

Emphasizing how health has become a major driver of all other aspects of the country, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS, said: “Health has become central. The pandemic has shown us that if the nation is in poor health, it will affect the economy, tourism, travel and other sectors. We need to get out of the silos and start collaborating just as people started making essentials like PPE kits, N95 masks, ventilators, etc. during Covid-19. “

Elaborating further on the implication of the use of technology for the healthcare sector, he added: “Technology, if used correctly, can be a game-changer. Teleconsultation is secure, cost effective, provides easy data transfer and has the strength to manage large numbers of patients remotely. It changed the way conferences were held in the health field. We have to adapt to technology according to the needs of the health sector. He also spoke of the need to approach health as equity and invest more in research and entrepreneurship. According to him, a well-structured and adequately funded PPP plan can become a watershed moment for the health sector.

Speaking about the change the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) will bring to the healthcare sector, Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice President of Apollo Hospitals, said, “NDHM will be transformative. When he talks about safety, interoperability, security and reliability as the four pillars, he stands a chance as the National Health Stack (NHS). NDHM has to be such an important mission that everyone understands it. We need to have a series of talks highlighting how it’s going to be transformative, non-threatening and we need people to trust NDHM and realize its importance. We are in the first step of creating believers. It is a movement like cell phones.

She added: “In two or three years we will start discussing where we are and how much is transformed. Unless the NDHM puts in place safeguards, we will see a situation detrimental to the sector. A worse situation than not having inadequate health care is doing it the wrong way. I am really proud of the 100 crore vaccination. We will continue to do what keeps India safe. “

Dr Manjiri Bakre, Founder and CEO of OncoStem Diagnostics said: “As entrepreneurs, we develop products that can adapt to our healthcare system. Taking the example of the United States, we need a ready infrastructure where the products can be used. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) and NDHM provide us with such infrastructure. In such an infrastructure-ready scenario, entrepreneurs can really focus on developing infrastructure-friendly products. “


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