Technology can help reduce healthcare costs, says Anupriya Patel

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is committed to technology integration in the health sector.

According to Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, the scope of digital technology in the public health sector has gone beyond service delivery.

“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,” she said.

She was speaking at the inaugural function of 10th Medical Technology Conference organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on Thursday.

The minister said 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 that the government is committed to making India a manufacturing hub for medical devices as 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.

“My government has notified the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 and we are in the process of finalising the Draft of Medical Device Regulation Bill for comprehensive regulation of the medical devices in the country,” she elaborated.

The minister also added that to support the corresponding need for trained human resource, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Ahmedabad has been mandated to initiate a National Centre for Medical Devices (NCMD) for development of skilled manpower.

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