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How Doctors Can Use Innovative Approach to Solve India's Healthcare Crisis

  • Highlights

  • Poor doctor to patient ratio

  • Real-time communication with patients

  • Deploying EHR solutions

  • Track patient health with mobile apps

Data from National Health Profile 2017 revealed that India has just a little over 1 million modern medicine (allopathic) doctors to treat its population of over 1.3 billion. One government allopathic doctor for over 10,000 people, one state-run hospital for over 90,000 people and one government hospital bed for over 2,000 people paints the deplorable state of India's healthcare system. To solve this crisis, it's imperative for doctors to adopt an innovative approach to reach out to a larger population.

Productive Approaches

1. Digital Engagement with Patients

With 530 million people expected to use smartphones in India by 2018, it’s essential for doctors to engage with their patients digitally. Some development has already taken place in this regard. A survey conducted by healthcare solutions company Indegene found that 6 out of 10 healthcare professionals in India are engaging with their patients digitally, with email, SMS and website being the top digital channels.

Technology enabled channels not only help doctors to keep themselves abreast of the changes in the world of medicine but also aid them to get information on new drugs and the latest treatment protocols. Digital engagement facilitates real-time communication and gives scope to patients to connect with medical professionals from any part of the country.

2. Implement EHR Solutions in Practice

Implementing Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions into practice results in:
-Improved patient care and safety
-Enhanced efficiency and productivity
In India, on most occasions, the only record a patient has while moving from one hospital to another is a discharge summary. EHR helps doctors to get real-time access to clinical lab records, thereby eliminating chances of duplicate tests that add to the out-of-pocket expenses of a patient.
Out-of-pocket expenses constitute 62% of all healthcare costs in the country. Depending on whether they opt for on-site or cloud-based deployment, an EHR solution can cost Rs.10-45 lakh. Availability of doctor loans can facilitate the requirement of funds to implement this solution.

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3. Develop Mobile Apps to Reach Out to Patients

With the huge opportunity presented by rising adoption of smartphones in India – 39% of mobile phone users are expected to use a smartphone by 2019 – doctors can develop their own apps to reach out to patients.
In fact, many firms are developing special apps for doctors that help them to monitor and track their patient’s health, examine scans, X-rays, etc.

The cost of developing such an app depends on various factors such as the app platform, size and developers among others and can range from Rs.3 to 20 lakh.Availability of doctor loans at a competitive interest rate provides liquidity to doctors to outsource development of such apps.
These innovative approaches would go a long way in establishing a robust healthcare eco-system in India, helping it climb up on global healthcare index.

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