Healthcare Outlook 2022, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Vijender Singh

The advent of the pandemic marked a turning point for the health sector. It has become urgent to dig below the surface to identify gaps in the accessibility, affordability and acceptability of health resources. On the one hand, technology as a backbone has evolved to meet the needs of difficult times. On the other hand, humanity has become a factor of affirmation, among many others, where various media have been used to bring relevant and urgent solutions within the community.

More than two years later, scientific and technological innovations and important discussions have surfaced in the field of health care. The healthcare market is expected to reach $ 133.44 billion by 2022, three times the value of fiscal year 21. The digital transformation of healthcare services, equitable access to healthcare solutions, mental health and well-being are no longer buzzwords. 2022 would be a year in which we lay a solid foundation for such speeches.

HIT – Healthcare Information Technology

2022 will be the year of healthcare informatics and the medical Internet of things (IoMT). Today, diagnostic laboratories are not limited to their traditional buildings. They move into our homes or wherever we need the solution. All of this has been made possible by constantly evolving technologies in the medical device and diagnostic industry. The medical device market is projected to grow to US $ 50 billion in 2025 from US $ 10.36 billion in 2020. The government has also been proactive in the area of ​​medical devices and diagnostics. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and IITs have established Centers of Excellence (CoE) to support the production and commercialization of Make-in-India. ICMR recently approved a Made in India detection kit for Omicron.

The patient spillover in the peak months of COVID 19 was nothing short of a nightmare for first responders. It also increased the risk of infection in uninfected people. Ultimately, home testing services, telemedicine, point-of-care diagnostics, and in vitro diagnostics that support self-testing have relieved first responders somehow.

While such innovative designs increase the chances of accessibility, it is imperative to ensure equitable access to ground-level systems. We have yet to take advantage of technological solutions to bring health solutions to every nook and cranny of India.

Health equity

The coming year will focus on bridging the gap for socio-economic factors that can act as barriers to the health of the nation. Health equity defends all minorities in terms of geography, gender, ethnicity and age that may have been overlooked in the provision of health services.

The establishment of infrastructures, response mechanisms and good practices creating contact points in the most remote areas is necessary. The creation of integrated command and control centers has been a successful step forward. A crucial step this year will be to bridge the digital divide in order to increase the accessibility of services and resources. It also calls for awareness and education programs, allowing citizens to benefit from these contact points.

In addition, health care is no longer limited to physical health but also to mental health.

Mental health and well-being

2022 aims for greater acceptability of discussions around mental health. People are more open to having conversations about it and social stigma is reduced.

The overwhelming number of patients in hospitals has taken its toll on healthcare workers. They experienced emotional, physical and professional stress. In addition, those infected have had to endure long periods of isolation and uncertainty. Those who have lost loved ones or their jobs have gone through difficult times. Either way, conversations around mental health have been on the rise. However, it is imperative to establish that mental health is not an urban phenomenon. It is aimed at everyone, whatever their socio-economic stratum.

In addition, our mental health is proportional to our well-being. Although non-covid testing has increased as a precaution, people are now more aware and more serious about their overall health. A relay between the diagnostic, food, pharmaceutical and fitness sectors is necessary. The following year must maintain the momentum to work for the welfare of the nation, one person at a time.

Public health

In 2022, the responsibility for preventing future epidemics is shared by government and citizens. The way to reduce cases of any infectious disease, including coronavirus, is good immunity. RnD is needed beyond the COVID study to ensure that prevention and well-being go hand in hand.

The government launched the National Digital Health Mission in 2021 to actively record health data and respond to identified issues. Additionally, the fifth report of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) shares comprehensive information nationally, but the way forward needs to be identified. A key step will be to strengthen public-private partnerships to reach the masses in a timely manner.

In addition, training and medical infrastructures need to be built. The latest health expenditure declared by the center is estimated at 1.2% of GDP (National Health Accounts, 2016-17), which will reach 2.5% by 2025. The next budget will allow the health sector to meet patient expectations. .

to summarize

Beyond the dark clouds of ever-changing COVID-19 variants lies a silver lining, the golden age of innovation. Currently ranked in the top 20 medical device markets, the Indian MedTech landscape will flourish. India is in the capable hands of first responders, researchers and device makers, promising a year of national health and resilient economy.

By Vijender Singh, Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.

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