Nearly 60% of the existing public health infrastructure, combined with private providers’ facilities, would surely accelerate the drive to meet a revised deadline.
A shift, wherein healthcare providers collaborate with digital health players for an end-to-end patient engagement platform, should effectively fill in the demand-supply gaps.
Digital Healthcare has been playing a catalyzing role in critical and remote care with increased adoption in the field of optimizing radiology, image triage, and clinician decision support. During the pandemic, Indians have recognized the role digital healthcare players play in providing remote care efficiently.
The Healthcare journey is complex and full of challenges for every patient. I strongly believe that patient experience is vital in defining 21st-century healthcare. Patient experience requires all of these components to be operating at their highest levels to be successful.
In the Union Budget last year, health was not really a top priority for the Centre, with the quantum of investments being at Rs67,112 crore, far below the amount of money being spent on sectors like defence, home affairs, agriculture, food and public distribution, rural development, road transport and highways, and railways
This budget is going to be quite different from the budget presented so far because it is being presented amidst many challenges. The biggest challenge is the coronavirus pandemic, from which the country has gradually recovered and has now moved towards vaccination. Notably, there will be no paper printing of the budget this time and the documents will be provided in a digital way. The government has also developed a new mobile app for the budget.
India, which has the second-highest caseload of coronavirus in the world after the United States, currently spends approximately 1% of its gross domestic product on health, which is among the lowest in any global economy.
The enhanced allocation along with the plan to look at healthcare as a whole by including nutrition, sanitation, clean drinking water and pollution control augur well for the country is a very welcome step,” said Prem Sharma, CEO, DaytoDay Health.
The Covid-19 pandemic has revolutionised the healthcare sector like no other. It has opened up new avenues in the digital space and helped in shifting healthcare beyond the confines of the hospital to the home and from the home to a 24/7, ubiquitous access to care, driven by the mobile phone.
With rising dual disease burden-non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and communicable diseases (CDs), India has made significant progress in providing better healthcare to its people.