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Digital tools can help bridge India's healthcare gap: Survey

IANS  |  New Delhi 

is facing an acute shortage of professionals and beds, and the situation can change if doctors embrace Artificial Intellignence (AI)-driven devices and wearables/apps at hospitals, a new report said on Tuesday.

There are 29 professionals for 10,000 people -- way below the global average of 109 and the lowest score across all 16 countries surveyed, according to the first edition of India's Index (FHI) by Royal Philips, a global leader in technology.

Another barrier is the low number of beds (7 per 10,000 in in comparision to 38 per 10,000 on average globally, the findings showed.

"While top hospitals and clinics in metro cities may boast of having cutting-edge technologies, semi-urban and rural areas are yet to fully leverage the potential of digital healthcare," the survey noted.

The Index (FHI) is a research-based platform that helps determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build

"The FHI study provides us with excellent insights about the awareness that and the population have about the role of technologies in aiding This readiness to adopt technology can be a key in delivering treatment to patients in tier II and III cities in India," said Rohit Sathe, President, Philips Healthcare.

Despite a lower-than-average data analytics score, Indian are open to the use of like (AI) and (VR) in healthcare.

"Two-thirds of healthcare professionals believe AI health tracker wearables/apps on would have the greatest impact on improving healthcare today," the findings showed.Seven in 10 healthcare professionals are knowledgeable about connected care technologies, with one-in-seven saying he/she is extremely knowledgeable.



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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:02 IST