Health Ministry organizes 10th Medical Technology Conference; calls for integration of technology as priority
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 08-Sep-2017
New Delhi, 8 September: Health Ministry plays a crucial role in India. The Ministry incorporates and monitors the services provided to the normal citizens of the country. Keeping the services beside, the medical technology forms the crux of the hospitals services. To shape India’s medical technology and healthcare, MoS Anupriya Patel inaugurated the 10th Medical Technology Conference at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi.
During the inauguration, Patel stated that the scope of digital technology in the public health sector has gone beyond service delivery. She further stated that the Health Ministry is already at the forefront of incorporating the benefits of digital technology towards achieving the goals elucidated in National Health Policy (2017) which are synchronous with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The National Health Mission (NHM) is already using throughout the country a web-based Health Management Information System(HMIS) to collect and collate data related to the health infrastructure.
She said, “The Health Ministry is committed to technology integration in the health sector. Digital technology can help to reduce health care costs overall, but we need to ensure our investment in new technologies is done cost effectively and frugally.”
Some of the additional tenets that are being brought online in affordable prices are health insurances, registration of vital health statistics like births and deaths, monitoring of Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) through GPS and preventing female foeticide through implementation of The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition Of Sex Selection) Act 2003.
The Minister further stated that the government is committed to making India a manufacturing hub for medical devices as our medical technology industry is increasing manifolds and is expected to grow from 4.5 Billion US Dollars currently to 14 Billion US Dollars in 2022.