Recently my views on a new healthcare model for India were published in the consultant review magazine’s July 2016 edition which has a focus in the state of healthcare in India. Some of the highlights of the article are encapsulated below.

India is a unique paradox where tradition and modern ideas coexist. In Healthcare, we see this manifest itself in a complex ecosystem where traditional remedies like Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani, are considered alongside modern allopathic medication, supplemented by alternate treatments like Homeopathy. India faces a huge challenge of trying to cover almost 1.2 billion people with limited infrastructure, and limited availability of trained doctors and medical equipment – a scenario that very few countries have experienced in the past for us to adopt those models of healthcare. What makes the challenge even bigger is the geographic distribution of our population spread across almost 7 lakh villages.

Strategic Roadmap

I think the solution is to build a strategic road map keeping in mind the growing population, changing demographics and evolving disease patterns.Below are the areas of a healthcare industry consulting template that I feel we should use to build this road map.

  1. Understand Macro Economic Factors to identify health care patterns and anticipate need
  2. Define a Future End State
  3. Build a Proof of Concept
  4. Rejig the Resources
  5. Establish the New Ecosystem

How it can Work in India

A good example of using this consulting template is in establishing de-centralization across the healthcare ecosystem in India.

The detailed article can be read at this link. As always views are welcome.

 

 

Dr Vikram Venkateswaran

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