Indian Home Health Care
Dr. Anitha Arockiasamy, President, India Home Health Care Pvt .Ltd, talks about the importance of home health care from Indian perspective.
Home health care in India is a burgeoning market and today andis supported by robust technological advancements. Healthcare in India has become a major contributor in terms of revenue and employment. According to a report, the healthcare market is expected to growth at a CAGR of 22% and likely to touch $372 billion by year 2022. Tech innovations are dependent on one another for a smoother transition and implementation across the sector. With rapid urbanisation and the increasing demand for personalisation, the home health care domain has witnessed widespread changes in the last 10 years.
Making healthcare affordable and accessible for all its citizens is one of the key focus areas of the country today. The challenge is enormous, as nearly 73% of the country’s population lives in rural areas and 26.1% is below poverty level (according to the Census 2011, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India). Rural sectors mainly focus on reach of service, affordability and the degree of quality of the service offered. In order to meet the growing needs and demand for improved healthcare, government has introduced initiatives like the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) among others. Key factors ranging from rural poverty to inadequate supply of water and poor sanitation coupled with poorly accessible health facilities, under-staffed hospitals need to be addressed through major reforms. There is a need to meet the financial as well as human resources for rural areas. Rapid urbanization has caused a lot of stress and resulted in lack of sanitation, increase in air pollution, respiratory problems, communicable diseases, accidents, and injuries, rise in lifestyle diseases and requires methodical approach to save lives. Cost, timings, attitude of health providers, are some of the factors that have put the secondary care and private sector facilities out of reach of most of urban population. Getting both public and private health sectors together to invoke the interest among key stakeholders and healthcare providers will rebuild the belief in the healthcare system in the country.
Organizing the available manpower and resources and collaborating with private providers and NGOs, to fill the gaps and improving access and quality health services are the few steps that can improve access to public and private health services. Better resource allocation, coordination among public and private healthcare providers, robust infrastructure and constant commitment by the policy makers will enhance the quality of healthcare in both urban and rural India. Few innovations that are at an early stage but have been able to revolutionize the healthcare sector have come up in recent years. Electronic Health Records, analytics, telemedicine and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have been extremely pivotal in transforming the scenario in rural and urban domain.
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