Remote Care, Inventory Mgmt To Drive India's Healthcare

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 26, 2014


While mobile adoption in healthcare is still at a nascent stage in India, areas such as inventory management and remote care within the healthcare organizations are expected to drive the mobile adoption in Indian healthcare, says IDC health insights in its recent report “Emerging Technology Trends in India Healthcare.” 

The report states that healthcare ecosystem in India is witnessing a sea change with increased government focus, growth of corporate healthcare provider companies, and strategic public-private partnerships, with the key aim of increasing geographic and demographic reach. According to IDC, the technology spending in the Indian healthcare industry in 2013 is estimated to be $413.4 million, a growth of 12.3% over the previous year.


Source: IDC Health Insights Asia/Pacific Survey

Mobility will be the key technology in the Indian healthcare industry, with a high adoption rate of smartphones and tablets. Nearly 29% of the respondents from healthcare provider organizations, in the recently conducted survey indicated that they have some level of clinical mobility in place, while only 7.6% have a mobility solution in place.  

“While healthcare IT is at a relatively nascent stage of adoption in India, especially compared to the actual potential, there have been several instances of innovative implementations and best practices in India. The growth of the private corporate entities in healthcare has boded well for IT implementation in the industry,” says Sash Mukherjee, Research Manager, IDC Health Insights, Asia-Pacific. He sees areas such as inventory management and remote care solutions will add accountability and coordination across the care continuum.

According to Mukherjee, technology vendors should partner with healthcare providers and evaluate the key stakeholders especially when it comes to third platform technologies. “Given the increase in Line-of-Business participation, emerging technology vendors need to be aware of the procurement as well as partnership patterns within the Indian healthcare provider organization,” he says.