Digital health mission can unlock ₹1.5 trln in value for healthcare: Study

In about 10 years, a joint report by Ficci and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said on Wednesday, the National Digital Health Mission has the potential to unlock 1.5 trillion in incremental value for India’s healthcare industry.

The study — Leapfrogging to a Digital Healthcare System:
Reimaging Healthcare for Every Indian — highlighted that the implementation of an open digital health environment will represent a significant shift in the way the healthcare industry currently operates and communicates with stakeholders.

“The NDHM will, in the next few years, catalyse a robust digital infrastructure for the Indian healthcare ecosystem, just like the development of shared digital infrastructure in the financial industry allowing UPI payments,” the report said.

BCG surveys among doctors and patients indicate that during the lockdown, 85% of clinicians used digital channels for patient interactions.

  • Approximately 50% of clinicians considered these platforms to be effective, while 60% of patients in metro and tier 1 cities said they will continue to use digital primary care platforms in the post-covid world.

The lockdown also saw tele-consultation facilities accessed in over 2,000 small towns, with 80 percent of first-time users being patients.

“The government has laid out a holistic strategy with the guiding principles outlined in the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB), to bring a fundamental change in healthcare and open up a variety of business opportunities for all stakeholders,” said Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO of the National Health Authority (NHA).

The pandemic also exposed India’s poor healthcare system in addition to upcoming lives and reinforced the need to develop healthcare across levels, the report said, adding that the pandemic has also encouraged innovations, particularly in digital healthcare models, as is inevitable in times of adversity. Read From Source