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HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, India

Digital expansion to improve affordability of India's healthcare

The government has recently encouraged the expansion of telemedicine.

The ongoing expansion of digital healthcare in India will help make healthcare more affordable and accessible, according to a report from Fitch Solutions.

The government has encouraged the expansion of telemedicine, primarily as a complementary strategy for strengthening existing healthcare systems and for leveraging the growing reach of mobile and fixed broadband networks.

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Digital technology adoption is already gaining prominence in the healthcare industry. The government has launched several initiatives, such as Digital India and Aadhaar, in some cases with support from the private sector.

Meanwhile, the private sector has created mobile apps, adopted telemedicine, and set up innovation centres all around India, among other measures. These initiatives have largely been influenced by a rising number of digital health startups.

In addition, more Indians are using their smartphones and broadband internet to obtain basic necessities such as healthcare. These factors are further enhanced through India’s thriving entrepreneurial and startup culture. The public sector’s investment in this culture, through the Startup India initiative, is also adding to this interest.

Digital solutions will contribute towards creating a comprehensive and integrated healthcare ecosystem in the country and support patients in getting access to high-quality and cost-effective care.

In particular, digital disruption will enable and empower caregivers in several ways. They will be fully informed about patients’ needs; a well-coordinated care continuum will also make the service patient-centric.

Furthermore, analytics on aggregated and anonymized data will allow population-wide corelation between clinician advice and health outcomes. Over time, the aggregated data will help in standardizing clinical protocols and improving care quality.

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