With the Internet-of-Things (IoT) dominating as far as futuristic technological innovation is concerned and proving that it could lead the way as far as making an impact on society and solving societal problems are concerned, it only becomes imminent to find out from subject matter experts as to if the futuristic innovation could serve as catalysts to the future Indian growth.
In this regard, Rahul R of Republic World interacted with Raj Vattikuti who is Founder at Altimetrik Corporation and has been involved in Robotic Surgery Systems intensively. Vattikuti shed lights on aspects like low-cost IoT devices for use in critical healthcare processes.
India's current level of absorption as far as digital disruption is concerned
“In India, the focus is more on the business side more than technology when it comes to manufacturing low-cost IoT devices to connect primary healthcare for rural India. An encouraging aspect here is the fact that the cost of these IoT devices has slowly been coming down,” states Vattikuti.
He believes that technology-driven tools like Telemedicine would be a boon to healthcare reachability. Also, a consumer-controlled healthcare industry could be the right step in case the costs of healthcare (through technology) has to be brought down in India. This would naturally reduce dependency on the pharma and insurance companies which are today in a dominant position as far as healthcare-related decisions are concerned.
“Diagnostic problems could be solved through technology penetration,” adds Vattikuti.
Here, automated actions could be triggered by considering parameters such as behaviour of patients and their response to certain situations. This would naturally empower people to resort to smart diagnosis at the personal level – rather than rely on external agents even for the most minor of activities. These aspects should potentially result in a win-win situation for both patients as well as doctors.
Robotic surgeries are only robot-assisted surgeries, involving a surgeon
“Being a person involved deeply in robotics, I can say that robots as assistants is an effective tool resulting in intuitive aspects like better control to the surgeons. The patient outcome could be much better,” informs Vattikuti.
This means that even in a futuristic scenario in India, robots would only assist surgeons during surgeries, and would not perform surgeries electronically. Hence, surgeons could also empower themselves, whilst empowering patients.
Interfacing IoT devices and harnessing the data within becomes the key to create robust models for Indian healthcare. This is done through triggering automated actions.
Transforming healthcare through technology
“Primary care in the rural areas is still bad, the low-cost technical devices could serve as a boon,”
With IoT devices known to effectively help in building a patient platform, for monitoring by the caregivers, the future definitely looks smarter as far as transforming Indian healthcare through technology is concerned.