India faces shortage in healthcare infra, expand reach to manage demand-supply gap: Shyatto Raha, MyHealthcare

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The pandemic has proved to be a defining time for the healthcare sector, with the importance of technology, more specifically the use of digital technology coming to the fore. Hospitals became inundated with patients during the second wave and the sheer gap in the number of doctors and healthcare professionals available as compared to the need clearly highlighted a huge shortfall along with the absence of a patient-care ecosystem. Using digital technologies to enable remote patient care will ease the burden on our healthcare ecosystem and also allow us to be better prepared for the anticipated third wave. In conversation with Financial Express Online Shyatto Raha, Founder and CEO of MyHealthcare shared how their new remote patient monitoring framework in collaboration with Max Healthcare will address the healthcare delivery gap using a data-driven care process. Excerpts:

What is Max MyHealth+? How will it help the patients?

Max Healthcare and MyHealthcare have collaborated to launch India’s first, device integrated patient monitoring framework, Max MyHealth+. The launch of the remote patient care monitoring will allow Max Healthcare to expand its geography of care, allowing patients from across India and globally to stay connected with Max Hospitals and its doctors, and will reduce the time patients have to spend inside hospitals As part of the remote patient monitoring, patients can use the platform Max MyHealth+ to monitor their vitals with clinical devices integrated to the app, allowing clinical readings to flow seamlessly from the device into the app and into the EMR, for the doctor’s review.

How will this platform work?

The Max MyHealth+ ecosystem built in collaboration with MyHealthcare, has integrated Blood Pressure monitors from Omron, ECG and Heart Rate devices from Kardia and Blood Sugar monitoring devices from Accu-Chek. The vitals are monitored using AI tools, which help in ECG interpretation, vital alerts to doctors if the parameters are outside the permissible limits. The device integrated offerings will allow patients to use clinical devices at home, which are seamlessly connected to the Max MyHealth+ app.

The clinical data captured is managed with automated trend analysis and vital alerts. Remote care monitoring and use of care programmes, will help Max Healthcare manage their patients wherever they may be located. India faces today a significant shortage of healthcare providers, doctors, nurses and speciality care facilities. Expanding the reach of our healthcare infrastructure is key in being able to manage the demand – supply gap for healthcare services. Use of digital technology solutions such as telemedicine, e-pharmacy, tele-radiology, tele-ICU, etc., will be key drivers in reshaping India’s healthcare framework.

How are startups like yours supporting in the fight with covid?

Startups like ours, have shifted our platform focus to telemedicine and building an ecosystem of care centered around virtual consultations.  This helped our patients access healthcare with ease and use our services to reach out to doctors for video consultations, expedite diagnostic tests and avail medicine delivery while at home and in case the need arises use our MyHealthcare@Home for homecare monitoring during the pandemic. We were also quick to adapt to the constantly changing needs of doctors, nurses and patients – which helped increase adoption of the new ecosystem.

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