Technology Revolution: The State of Indian Healthcare 2016

Medical technology has changed the way serious health problems are treated. With better and more advanced technology being introduced into the healthcare industry, what was incurable in the past today becomes curable.

Technology revolution in India brings with it newfound hope and inspiration for many patients. Severe birth abnormalities such a deformed spine, ductus arteriosus and intestinal hernia becomes highly treatable. Besides revolutionising our approach to these serious health problems, technology also places a significant role in the administration of patient records; doctors today use electronic media to arrange the patient’s records and health history instead of paper and pen. Technology doesn’t only better the lives of patients but improves on the efficiently and effectiveness of medical record keeping. As such, doctors and medical specialist have more time to see more patients and spend more of their time consulting patients.

If we look at the healthcare index, we can observe a lot of improvement in a healthcare facility in India. In 2014, India was on number 14 in Asia with a health care index of 64.62 and according to latest calculations; India is at number 12 in Asia with an improved health care index of 66.47.

The credit of this kind of improvement goes to medical technology and the people who are responsible for introducing this type of technology; Apollo Hospitals is one of them. Seven of Apollo Hospitals in India obtained the international gold standard for healthcare, the highest number in Asia.

Technology not only helps caregivers spend their time on improving the well-being of patients as oppose to paperwork, and better the lives of patients, but also changes the entire patient-doctor interaction. For example, instead of the patient having to come back for a follow-up at a later date, a sugar test can be performed by a simple device at the doctor’s office without the patient having to go through a long queue for the nurse to collect blood samples for testing.

Medical technology in India today is leading-edge; not only is robotics surgery available, but fractures and broken bones can be reconstructed by using 3D scans and surgical navigation technology. It is today possible to perform bypass surgery by using Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery procedure.

It is fascinating that the patient can get up from bed within 2 days following the surgery and go back to his daily routine in as early as 10 days post-surgery. Technology has made it possible to make a small 2-3 inch incision to approach a patient’s heart as oppose to the more traditional open heart surgery which involves having to split the patient’s sternum. Not only is open heart surgery more strenuous and time-consuming, it leaves large visible scars and a long recovery process for the patient.

Medical technology is performing miracles in healthcare industry in India. Apollo Hospital Chennai has a team of specialists for every procedure equipped with modern technology such as spinal surgery. They can even reconstruct the whole spine and turn the patient’s life around.

Patients subjected to life-threatening cardiac or respiratory failure is now put through ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation), which takes over the function of the heart and lungs to support the patient for days to weeks.

Almost everybody knows what a stent is and why it is used. Those who have had a metallic stent implanted in one or more of their narrowed coronary arteries are also aware of the limitations, such as the blood-thinners they have to take throughout life. Medical technology has, therefore, come up with an amazing solution to the problem, the BVS. Short for Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold, it is similar to a stent but non-metallic in nature, plus it slowly dissolves away as soon as the narrowed vessel restores normal function and stays that way again. In turn, that reduces the dosages of blood-thinners these patients have to take, thus decreasing the side-effects.

Radiation therapies such as TrueBeam STX in practice in India today is very effective in treating tumours and cancers, especially those of the brain, digestive, genito-urinary, and the respiratory systems. Novalis Tx radiosurgeries and radiotherapies are another efficient means, where the beam matches exactly the contour of the tumour or lesion, thus protecting the surrounding healthy tissues.

Ever heard of standing MRIs? Apollo Hospitals India provides this very recent facility, so that problems that might go undetected in the standard MRI may be discovered. This special diagnostic technique goes by the name of G Scan. Moreover, further recent diagnostic techniques include the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), making it possible to visualise the insides of the heart’s blood vessel, and 320 Slice CT Scanner that does a full body examination in less than a minute.

In a nutshell, the land which gave birth to some of the ancient systems of medicine such as the Ayurveda and Siddha, is today a forerunner in medical technology, driven by institutions dedicated to fostering and saving lives, one of which is Apollo Hospitals.

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