Deciphering the futuristic diagnostic sector – Elets eHealth
Starting on 4th Elets Diagnostics Leaders Summita galaxy of industry experts and thought leaders shared their insightful views on the summit theme, ‘Decoding the futuristic diagnostics sector’. Edited excerpts from the session.
Diagnostic methodology is a complex and collaborative activity involving clinical reasoning and information gathering to determine a patient’s health problem. This requires widespread collaboration and commitment to change among health professionals, health organizations, patients, families, researchers and policy makers, which will be a very focused and collaborative dynamic, and it is what we have seen in the time of covid, said Dr. Ravi Gaur, Senior Advisor, Spice Health (Spice Jet Promoters Venture), Founder, Dr. G Path Labs, Co-Chair CII Delhi Chapter Health Committee.
He added that in recent times, major outbreaks of various diseases have been observed in human beings and the final conclusion is that the traditional diagnostic tools and techniques are not up to the task, especially for the faster, final diagnosis. and fast. He further stated, “There is a need for dynamic techniques with broad-spectrum application that can probably cover early diagnosis and characterization. This is the technology we are going to look at.
He claimed that the futuristic view of genomics has arrived and is going to be here. He called for working on some sort of predictive pathology test and keeping up with innovations. “We are in an era of emergence of new diseases and re-emergence of other diseases, probably because of the ecological imbalance. Therefore, diagnostics must step up and the adoption of technology can help cope with changing times,” added Dr. Gaur.
Abhimanyu Bhosale, CEO of CrelioHealth, said that as a company, they have always envisioned creating products that ultimately improve the lives of diagnosticians and labs every day. Covid has played a major turning point in human life and has had a huge impact on diagnoses. “The diagnostics industry has actually caught up with the full demand of a country as large as India. As we move forward, we have seen that technology has played a good companion in growing quality at scale and also improving turnaround times across lab operations. It even plays a vital role in the personalization of healthcare, which is one of the main areas that technology can do at scale and which is very difficult to do in the field,” he added.
He further stated that technology can help in the future by personalizing patient experiences for all of us and ensuring that the lab or hospital is able to connect and personalize their healthcare services to these patients. “We are committed to contributing to technological innovation and adoption in the diagnostics industry,” added Abhimanyu Bhosale.
Atul Mohan Kochhar, Chairman and CEO of NABH, asserted that “decoding the futuristic diagnostic industry” is a very thematic topic. He said diagnosis has always been the backbone of all medical decision-making. “We have learned to realize the core value of real-time quality management systems. We also discovered that we needed to scale in such a short time and that the only way to do that was to incorporate technology. You can’t get away with creating islands of excellence. We have to create quality and until we design quality we are not going to make a real tangible difference, so ultimately we have to have this concept of herd quality. Quality must be brought to the base and fill the gaps by incorporating technology,” said Atul Mohan Kochhar.
He added that India has always been at the forefront of technology in the world. There are many other countries demonstrating our effectiveness in vaccine management or by aadhaar card, so every system is now in place and it’s time to start transforming.
He said, “India has been at the cutting edge in handling the pandemic and the vaccine element. The Prime Minister also launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. So the most important trend we need is digital health and diagnostics is very well positioned to be the pioneer in this area. Our huge population is covered by the Ayushman Bharat digital mission and this framework is going to be very holistic,” he asserted.
Pankaj Johri, Medical Director, NABL, said the last two years of the pandemic have been difficult for the nation. Various challenges have been faced by each industry, especially the healthcare industry. “Medical device manufacturers, suppliers, physicians, lab workers and lab technicians have all joined hands and come together. They stood up to the challenges of Covid and provided resources in full support. Diagnostics will be the cutting edge area of the healthcare industry with accurate and precise data,” he said.
He further added that every step of the supply chain management of the diagnostic industry should be quality-conscious and should be guided by the principle that ultimately leads to the benefit of the people as a whole. “In fact, medical laboratories also need to secure their suppliers, and suppliers also need to have a well-honed quality management system in their premises and in their systems everywhere. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and all the automation will play the most crucial and important roles in the labs. Everything is driven by the software because those who validate the software must also have some kind of quality principles in their labs,” said Pankaj Johri .
Prasad Nikam, Supply ChainProduct Manager, CrelioHealth shared that there are two to three parts of the supply chain that need to be addressed in order to ensure that quality is maintained while managing the supply chain at a level very optimized. “There needs to be collaboration between vendors and manufacturers to ensure the best service is provided to patients while maintaining quality. And including all of those things, we have to make sure that the cost and the optimization are there,” he added.
He also shared that medical industries are talking about AI and all stakeholders understand the importance of predictive analytics. “It’s completely transforming the industry and everyone thinks it’s inevitable. It’s a matter of a few years or maybe a few decades that will happen,” he said. He said there is a need to start transformation and the first step is to transform the entire industry, whether it is supply management, patient communication or patient experience, the optimization of the whole chain is going to be digitization.
He presented a product demonstration of the medical equipment and product supply chain management system for companies operating in space. He showed how the dashboard helps track orders, map inventory, and improve supply chain management.