VP Naidu calls for digital revolution in healthcare

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addresses the Convocation Ceremony of the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) in New Delhi on September 25, 2021. (PIB)

New Delhi: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on September 25, 2021 called for digital revolution in the healthcare sector in India.

Speaking at the convocation of the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, the Vice President noted the improvement in different health indicators since Independence.

At the same time, there were many challenges that require a coordinated and concerted approach by both the government and the private sector, he added.

The VP observed that e-Health has come up in a big way in recent years and holds promise to mitigate the problem of paucity of doctors in rural areas.

“With increasing internet and smartphone penetration in rural areas, e-health is the way forward for the optimum use of our human resources in healthcare. eHealth can also empower women and bring about much-needed awareness on maternal health and other issues. While India is going through a digital revolution, we must capitalize on it and bring about a revolution in healthcare,” VP Naidu stressed.

Underlining the benefits of ‘digitized health records, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission in a few days.

It will eliminate paperwork, bring about a seamless experience in hospitals, and help in monitoring diseases, he added.

Expressing his concern over the high out-of-pocket expenditure for health, the Vice President said such health expenses adversely affect low-income households that face the risk of being pushed into poverty.

“The government’s flagship scheme, ‘Ayushman Bharat’ has brought ‘health assurance’ to many poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization and has covered more than 2 crore hospitalizations so far.”

Referring to the practice of wearing robes by the faculty and others during Convocation ceremonies, the Vice President wanted it to be discontinued and suggested the wearing of simple, Indian attire on such occasions. In this context, he also called for Indianizing the education system.

The Vice President applauded the selfless service offered by doctors, healthcare personnel and other frontline workers during the pandemic.

He commended the University College of Medical Sciences and the associated Guru Teg Bahadur hospital for the great service offered by the two institutions during the management of COVID-19.

Prof. P C Joshi, Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, Prof. Balram Bhargava, Director General ICMR, Prof. Balaram Pani, Dean of Colleges, University of Delhi and Dr. Anil Kumar Jain, Principal UCMS, and other dignitaries were present. (Press Release)

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