The present Covid-19 pandemic has governments throughout the globe searching for fast and efficient means to fight the scenario. Nations are grappling to comprise the outbreak as it’s quickly spreading, rising as a public well being emergency with restricted scientific analysis up to now, and traditional strategies are proving to be inadequate.
At the moment, Covid-19 is at centre stage and combating it’s all that appears of concern, however we additionally must look past this. We have to care for the prevalent morbid circumstances that dominate the burden of illness within the nation. India’s well being system faces a twin problem owing to the burden of illness as a consequence of communicable, Maternal, Neonatal and Dietary Ailments (CMNNDs). The unprecedented Covid-19 has overwhelmed the well being system, pushing important packages pertinent to CMNNDs and NCDs on the backburner. Actions pertaining to maternal and baby well being equivalent to antenatal care, household planning, postnatal care and immunization have been side-lined. The momentum in enchancment of key indicators has halted and can in flip influence the progress of the important thing targets of IMR and MMR as envisaged within the Nationwide Well being Coverage 2017. This could be the case for different ailments as nicely.
To fulfill this problem, there’s a must revisit and look at current processes and techniques within the healthcare sector, significantly on the main well being care degree.
It is very important take a look at methods to make sure that the wants of individuals with prevailing medical circumstances are taken care of, on decreasing the burden of the already overloaded healthcare system and devising methods in direction of prevention. It can’t be a case of selecting one over the opposite, curing and prevention should be a simultaneous course of. However one would possibly ask, and fairly legitimately, the place is the manpower, and the techniques to do each?
The reply lies in adopting expertise and digitalization of processes. Tele-consultation is being broadly used and is a boon within the present scenario. Nevertheless, we have to take a look at different avenues the place expertise can guarantee healthcare for all – particularly these in distant and exhausting to achieve geographies.
Now that the Nationwide Digital Well being Blueprint (NDHB) is already in place, it’s the duty of well being establishments to implement this of their areas. WISH, as a part of its intervention with the State Governments of Rajasthan, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Delhi, is already taking this ahead and has digitized its main well being clinics as per the Nationwide Digital Well being Blueprint (NDHB) tips.
So, what does this add as much as?
First, ‘velocity’ as extra sufferers will be dealt with because the registration, session and even the meting out of medicines is within the digital sphere. Second, the info is saved and will be retrieved on the click on of a button. As an illustration, in one in all our centres a physician was discovered Covid-19 constructive so he couldn’t proceed attending the sufferers. Nevertheless, as all of the information of his sufferers had been digitized, the opposite obtainable docs may simply entry the affected person therapy historical past and diagnostic studies. For diagnostics – provision of improved and digitalized x-ray and different diagnostic level of care units guarantee better accuracy and faster outcomes. Third is the epidemiological alternative to analyse the info and determine traits.
Tech-enabled healthcare options should not a luxurious however a necessity. When a lady in a distant village, many kilometres away from the closest healthcare facility, is visited by a frontline employee and undergoes a tele-consultation session with a physician, and her signs are alleviated, then this begins to make sense. When healthcare reaches the final mile, then actually expertise reveals a human face.
(The author is CEO of Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Healthcare –-WISH. Views expressed are private.)
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