Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ancient India Healthcare System vs. Gen “Y”-healthcare ecosystem

Ayurveda, the mother of all conventional healthcare science - exists since emergence of humanity about 3 to 5 thousand years B.C. Indian civilization, one of the oldest heritages of mankind having multi faceted cultured community has been practicing this sophisticated healthcare stream since its inception. Being most pragmatic & progressive health care science in span of time, Ayurveda is enriched with many new practices, procedures & materials assuming the present status, the existing documentation and practice are the meager part of comprehensive ancient Ayurveda.

Despite of progressive advancement in other streams of healthcare, the present status of this traditional medication have not only grown in India but also being practiced poly-path globally. Nonetheless Ayurveda practice is prevalent almost in all parts of India, wherein consumerism is predominantly forced for Allopath.

Realizing the roller-coaster practice with the use of forces in healthcare space over the past two decade impart an important context for deliberations of likely future advancements in the nature of competition in healthcare IT market. The vision of integrated healthcare services to enable medical information exchange context to patient care is buzzword in Gen “Y”-healthcare ecology. But the greatest potential and larger role lies in consumers’ education and their act to apply pressure on providers to improve the quality of care.

However health education and patient care has become simple with the advancements of healthcare information technology in the developed countries over the last one decade. We must view the advancement in healthcare informatics as a blessings rather than a challenge to medical administration even in Indian milieu. Advancement in healthcare information technology would be taking healthcare to the most remote corners of the country to serve millions of diffident and ignored populace. Educated class is expected lending a hand to others through the transitions of healthcare informatics to strengthen upcoming generations.

To make healthcare IT customary in India, it may be helpful to prioritize the education approach - provider or consumer - to focus on first. Although, there is no definitive - right or wrong approach here, one might want to look at advancement from a provider perspective and another from consumer centric. Healthcare providers can well educate consumers about new systems, so a smooth transition on the consumer side can take place.

One particular daunting aspect of healthcare IT adoption amongst the medical fraternity is direct impact over their business norms, especially in the Indian context. Adoption of any system should proportionate the size and scope of the business endeavor. IT usage in healthcare space will affect every one - both provider and consumer. Such opportunity - electronic medical records of consumers and efficient administration of healthcare functions - two purposes squarely in the bulls-eye of healthcare IT advancements in India.