‘More than 14 government assns influencing healthcare in India’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 25 April 2019

“Health is a state government subject in India. Apart from government, there are other stakeholders which include international organisations like World Health Organisation (WHO), industries, patients and media,” said Chakraborty.

PUNE: Healthcare sector in India is the most complex system of operations and an interdisciplinary approach is needed to solve the complex issues pertaining to healthcare, said Boston Scientific India Vice President and Managing Director Prabal Chakraborty. 

He was speaking during ‘Symhealth 2019’ a two-day conference organised by the Symbiosis School for Open and Distance Learning (SSODL) at Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Lavale Campus.

Talking about stakeholders in the healthcare sector, Chakraborty stated that more than 14 government bodies are influencing the healthcare industry in India.

“Health is a state government subject in India. Apart from government, there are other stakeholders which include international organisations like World Health Organisation (WHO), industries, patients and media,” said Chakraborty.

He said there is a rise in number of legal cases in the healthcare sector and hence stated the importance of strong legal and compliance team to face such issues. He also talked about the technology platform in the healthcare sectors like Big Data and analytics, robotics, Artificial Intelligence and 5G. Use of such advanced techniques in the healthcare sector will help from all aspects, he said.

“A leader in healthcare should be a systematic thinker. He should have the ability to get diverse groups together in formulating the agenda. A leader should be a continuous learner and should have a high level of emotional quotient (EQ) and lastly, he must keep in mind that the patient is at the centre and patients’ interest must be first priority,” said Chakraborty.

Symbiosis International (Deemed University) Pro-Chancellor Dr Vidya Yeravdekar said doctors start their own clinics and hospitals and become entrepreneurs, but to become successful, a doctor should have good communication skills and knowledge of finance up to a certain extent.

“But unfortunately such skills are never taught to medical students in their curriculum, so an interdisciplinary education method needs to be implemented in academics of healthcare. If engineers and medical practitioners work together they can bring innovations in the world,” said Yeravdekar.

SIU Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences Dean Dr Rajiv Yeravdekar stated the need for collective wisdom and collective work from other disciplines towards healthcare delivery. He said other sectors like IT, legal play a key role in the healthcare and hence emphasised on the interdisciplinary approach towards healthcare.

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