Home Healthcare - an opportunity to reboot India's healthcare infrastructure

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An ageing population, rising life expectancy & increasing disease burden is putting pressure on India's crumbling medical infrastructure. Rising lifestyle disease & high stress levels have only worsened the situation. Patients are being discharged early due to pressure on hospital beds or inability to afford high medical care costs & as a result, are not getting desired medical care for recovery post a surgery or major medical conditions like strokes. Patients visiting city hospital from rural areas can't afford to stay there for longer periods & often succumb due to a sharp drop in medical care post discharge partly because of lack of awareness and partly because of lack of facilities & conducive environment at their homes.

According to WHO, 61 % of deaths in India are caused due to non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes etc. These diseases don't require regular hospitalisation. 

    As India continues to attract medical tourists from Europe & Gulf, it still grapples to find a credible solution to it's widening urban rural divide in the medical health infrastructure. Lack of quality diagnostic centres in rural areas is another major limitation for healthcare.

 

Home HealthCare provides an opportunity to completely reboot India's healthcare infrastructure & bridge the current gap in India's HealthCare system. There are many organised & unorganised players operating in this sector which is at an early growth stage. Continued demand from Tier I, Tier II & Tier III cities will see further growth in this sector. By moving now to regulate this sector & setting a standard minimum service model & protocols, government can give direction to Home Healthcare industry to solve India's medical woes. Inability to do so will be an opportunity lost which would lead to haphazard growth in this sector with limited benefits for limited people. 

Home HealthCare provides an opportunity to completely reboot India's healthcare infrastructure & bridge the current gap in India's HealthCare system.

    As India continues to attract medical tourists from Europe & Gulf, it still grapples to find a credible solution to it's widening urban rural divide in the medical health infrastructure. Lack of quality diagnostic centres in rural areas is another major limitation for healthcare.

 

Home HealthCare provides an opportunity to completely reboot India's healthcare infrastructure & bridge the current gap in India's HealthCare system. There are many organised & unorganised players operating in this sector which is at an early growth stage. Continued demand from Tier I, Tier II & Tier III cities will see further growth in this sector. By moving now to regulate this sector & setting a standard minimum service model & protocols, government can give direction to Home Healthcare industry to solve India's medical woes. Inability to do so will be an opportunity lost which would lead to haphazard growth in this sector with limited benefits for limited people. 

      Proposed service model can be based on basic principles of establishing need, providing care & discharge while laying down protocols & procedures. This will not just lead to standardization & quality control but also protect patient rights while ensuring transparency.   

Service providers can be free to differentiate basis add-on services like online home consultation, video consultation, home visit by physician & the number of specialised care services they provide.

       This can not just provide a cost effective & flexible alternative to hospital visits but also enhance the reach of quality medical care. A protocol driven model relying on diagnostic reports will lead to a higher demand & subsequent supply for quality diagnostic centres in all districts. 

The proposed Health vault by the Ministry of Health can be integrated with these services where diagnostic reports can be accessed remotely to prescribe home care plan for a patient. Unconnected medical records is a problem which even developed countries are facing. integrating it with home healthcare across India will provide government with credible health data for better policy formulation & response management. 

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