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Bengal Chamber taking initiative of inviting hospitals & medical centres to share extent of technology penetration

Kolkata, Feb 21 (UNI) The Bengal Chamber is taking the initiative of inviting hospitals
and medical centres to share the extent of technology penetration in their enterprises,
announced B B Chatterjee, President, The Bengal Chamber in Health Tech 2020 (3.0)
held at Vivanta here on Friday.
This initiative will be on a on- payment basis and in conjunction with
PricewaterhouseCoopers initiating in Kolkata alone to begin with, he said.
The coming of age of Technology era is redefining the landscape of almost all sectors.
It is dynamically reshaping and reinventing the way the healthcare sector operates, be it
through processes, diagnosis, management , finances and ultimately how it provides
delivery of services to the end users.
Technology has seeped in to our lives to such an extent that we can literally monitor
our own health status by technology aided devices fitted inside wrist watches which now
functions as a tool to monitor and measure heart and pulse rate, count movements. The
time we are living in, technology is all pervasive. Technology is transforming healthcare
diagnosis, delivery and management.
This is being featured globally. In the process, many disruptions are also reshaping the
industry and newer ideas and innovations are also creating buzz especially by participation
of Start Ups.
A recent media report mentioned Health Tech Startups has huge potential of a $370
billion healthcare market in India by 2022, with returns up to 35-40%
Health Tech, or digital health, uses technologies like databases, applications, mobiles,
wearables to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of care, with the ability
to increase the development and commercialization of healthcare related products.
Creating a definition for Health Tech is proving difficult as the sector offers endless
opportunities for application of technology. The sub sets may include: hospitals and
practitioners; insurance; consumer-facing services; pharmaceuticals; and government –
and even as consumers and businesses alike are beginning to realize the potential of
the partnership between technology and the health industry, reports suggest that its
trajectory is brighter still.
With this backdrop Medica Hospitals, with The Bengal Chamber, organized the third
edition of Health Tech 2020 from February 21-22 February here.
On this occasion PricewaterCoopers Pvt Ltd released a Thought Paper on "A technology
boost for achieving universal health protection".
"Today our lives are majorly technology driven. Even far flung areas are well connected
with deep mobile penetration, which makes it easier for healthcare to make the much required inroads. Adoption of digitally enabled tools for diagnosis and treatment will make healthcare
delivery faster and bring it right to the doorstep of the patient. Digitization will get us increased efficiency, and that will reduce costs and create an environment of transparency. Digital transformation has already started and this shall further accelerate in the next 5 to 10 years",
stated Dr. Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals and Former President, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
This programme aimed to bring together the healthcare industry with doctors and healthcare delivery professionals, administrators; technology providers and related stakeholders like policy makers, financiers, start ups, academia, research institutions to name a few. Efforts will continue beyond the event.
Arnab Basu,Chairperson, IT Committee, The Bengal Chamber and Managing Partner, East; Technology Consulting Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited stated, “Be it ensuring
a seamless experience for the citizens by monitoring real time bed availability, efficiently tracking claim lifecycle, robotised surgery and responding to health disasters – digital adoption will play
a pivotal role in improving the last mile delivery."
"PwC is glad to partner with The Bengal Chamber and Medica in setting up an IT Advisory Committee that will drive digital transformation in East. More such initiatives where the
Government, insurance players, startups and healthcare providers come together will be
needed to deliver quality healthcare for every citizen. Towards this we will also do a Health Perception Study together in the region," he said.
Mr Chatterjee, President, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “As one
of the oldest Chambers of Commerce, we believe it is our mandate to update our
stakeholders on the latest technology developments especially in a critical subject like
Healthcare. The objective is also to showcase West Bengal, a medical tourism destination
for patients from neighbouring countries, as we have senior and capable doctors, state of
the art healthcare institutions which are technology oriented.”
Key areas that were addressed were Role of doctors in changing landscape of healthcare
with technological advancement, Potentiality of start ups in health tech sectors with special
reference to West Bengal, Health insurance, pharmaceuticals, funding for start-ups in health
care technology, latest technological initiatives by Government and private players in Health
care sector.
UNI BM
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