Healthcare digital transformation is entering the deep-water zone. New digital technologies, such as 5G, fifth-generation fixed network (F5G), AI, IoT, and cloud computing, are combined with medical engineering to support the innovations in healthcare, and speed up its development. Vendors are stepping up their strategic investment to enable the healthcare industry accelerate digital transformation. All-optical medical imaging solutions can load thousands of images in seconds, and reconstruct the image in 3D with 4K high definition, offering a fast, stable, and intelligent experience. Digital pathology solutions speed up the storage and query of pathological data, and save more than 30 percent storage space. Smart ward solutions help hospitals reduce management costs, and improve patient experience through healthcare IoT applications, such as IV fluids monitoring, and baby-theft prevention. ICT infrastructure solutions, featuring active-active DC and converged campus network ensure that business systems can run 24×7 smoothly.
Big data, ML, and AI have enabled medical researchers to gain deeper insights by analyzing vast amounts of patient data – insights that help doctors take better decisions, diagnose more precisely, and treat patients with fewer side effects. When combined with live patient data, AI can process and analyze pre-trained models instantly. This so-called inference of AI is opening up new possibilities for medical equipment manufacturers to create innovative and disruptive new medical devices that help to shape the future of healthcare. As partners for manufacturers of medical equipment, numerous companies are enabling OEMs to create innovative, ground-breaking medical solutions. They have established an ecosystem for medical AI and GPU, and are helping the healthcare sector to incorporate innovation from research into advanced products for diagnostic imaging, therapy, robotics, and patient monitoring. In turn, this will help to bring the power of AI into new areas, such as endoscopy, radiology, and surgery in the smart hospitals of the future.
Driving greater efficiencies in our health systems via digitization can improve the overall performance, but this is happening at a slower than desired rate. Digital transformations for health systems are expensive and digitizing workflow comes with the added burden of personnel training that again translates into funding need. Production and training costs can be managed optimally by considering support in skilled, low-cost regions. Being a large country, India can leverage the domestic marketplace to develop, test, and launch healthcare solutions that are relevant globally. Rapid digitization within India can enable health data collection for innovation and verification of new healthcare devices, platforms, and therapies.
India is on the cusp of a huge opportunity to enhance its role in the global healthcare sector. It can shape and establish leadership in this field. In the year of the G20 presidency, when India plans to build consensus on global health resilience, it must do all what it takes to emerge as the global Healthcare Superpower!