DIGITAL HEALTHCARE: UNTAPPED POTENTIAL FOR THE LAST MILE HEALTH DELIVERY

DIGITAL HEALTHCARE: UNTAPPED POTENTIAL FOR THE LAST MILE HEALTH DELIVERY

Dr. Jatinder Singh, I ndian healthcare is one of the largest sectors in terms of revenue and employment. The healthcare market is worth US$ 100 billion. By 2020, this is expected to grow to US$ 280 billion that is a compounded annual growth rate of 22%. Healthcare industry comprises hospitals, medical devices, medical applications, clinical trials, health insurance, telemedicine, and health insurance. Indian healthcare system includes two components- private and public. Public healthcare involves primary healthcare centres in rural areas and scant secondary and tertiary care institutions in cities. Private sector players provide majorly secondary and tertiary care facilities with more focus in Metros, Tier I and Tier II cities. The private sector has emerged as a burgeoning force accounting for almost 74% of total healthcare expenditure. The growth in the healthcare industry is growing due to its extensive coverage and increasing expenditure by Government and private players. Rising income levels, increased health awareness, growing incidence of lifestyle diseases and better access to health insurance are the key contributors to growth. However, the Indian healthcare.

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