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2020 – Upcoming Telemedicine Trends

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2020 - Upcoming Telemedicine Trends

The world is globalizing. With data and innovation extending at an enormous rate, there are no indications of our quick progressions easing back down at any point soon. One of the enterprises that are exploiting this huge development of innovation and data is telemedicine.

Telemedicine is the very encapsulation of innovation-driven human services and fills in as an exacting lifesaver for thousands if not a huge number of individuals who live in rustic zones who don’t approach legitimate clinical offices.

It could be said, telemedicine is following the pattern of every single innovative progression of ongoing years – offering assistance that patients can access in the palm of their hands.

To be honest, individuals don’t have the opportunity nor tolerance to lounge around in a sitting area any longer. Telemedicine offers brief treatment in the solace of their homes at the press of a catch.

 

Following are a few 2020 Telemedicine trends

New Technologies:

Getting out of bed and going to visit a doctor is always a task when sick was so last year as now one can get treatment conveniently sitting at home without extra efforts due to the upcoming new technologies. The concept of Telemedicine and new technologies have bought about positive changes in Health-care. This also allows doctors to reach out to as many people as possible in a day and provide virtual assistance.

Cyber Laws:

With the massive use of technology also comes the risk of one being cyber attacked. With telemedicine depending 100% on innovation, digital security has become a need. The medicinal services industry is no odder to digital assaults, yet with telemedicine getting progressively mainstream, data insurance has become the first concern. We will keep on observing enormous changes in the manner the telemedicine business approaches securing classified data. Therefore, with the massive amount of investment associated with the new trend, the telemedicine industry will continue taking actions to strengthen their security.

Medical Tourism:

One of the most fascinating topics due to Telemedicine is that of Medical Tourism. Just like visiting various places to explore, Telemedicine gives a scope to the patients to reach out to doctors situated anywhere for assistance. Similarly, doctors have an opportunity to reach out to remote areas and increase their Goodwill.

Fewer trips to the Hospital:

There’s no other viable option for you if you sprain your lower leg. That will positively require an outing to the crisis room. Nonetheless, the straightforwardness and comfort of telemedicine make it simpler to get treatable illnesses took a gander at and analysed far before it advances to a point where an excursion to the crisis room is required.

Stephen Agboola, MD also stated that-

The evidence supporting the role of telemedicine is strong. Studies have shown that telemedicine promotes continuity of care, decreases the cost of care, and improves patient self-management and overall clinical outcomes… Telemedicine can also help in identifying and preventing treatment-related errors between clinic visits. As one example, several studies have shown that medication errors can be significantly reduced by telemedicine.

 

Wrapping up:

Hereafter, with more individuals getting mindful of telemedicine and its numerous choices, the world will before long be surprised by this developing industry. The patterns demonstrate that telemedicine has picked up energy and it gives no indications of easing back down at any point shortly.

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Medical Innovation coming from Warfield

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Medical Innovation coming from Warfield

The art of warfare is all about strategies and tactics to outsmart the enemy. As Sun Tzu rightly said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” To outsmart the enemy many research and development in various aspects of warfare from surveillance to mobility and combat. These developments eventually seeped in civilian life, making everyday life easy and fashionable.

Did you know? The internet which revolutionized the whole world was born as the Ethernet developed by American Army for speedy and confidential communication. The charm of the corporate fashion, the beloved Blazer(Jacket) and that fancy wristwatch which you are flaunting right now has its roots in Army history.

In the modern era, where warfare has shifted from traditional field to Cyberspace, outer space and Lifeforms it becomes more imminent to have countermeasures for it. When we think of invention and invention coming from a domain of warfare which affects our life, we often neglect the development affecting our health.

Today I will share with you all inventions coming from our defence forces, which are research and developed by various research institutes such as Defence Research and Development Organization. Various of these rolled out devices could be the starting point for the Make in India initiatives in healthcare.

PPE kit made using ‘Submarine Technology’: The DRDO developed a special sealant based on the sealant used in submarines as an alternative to seam sealing tape, because of a shortage of seam sealing tape.

SUMERU-PACS: A portable personal air circulation system weighing 500 grams for keeping PPE comfortable

Enclosure for Intubation Procedure — Aerosol Containment Box: This device helps to prevent the spread of Covid-19 through air droplets from patients to doctors. As per DRDO official “it consists of a transparent cube covering the patient’s head up to the chest, and the two circular ports allow the health worker’s hands to pass and perform the airway procedures. The acrylic/perspex material used here is 50 per cent lighter thermoplastic compared to glass, making it easy to handle”

Obstacle Climbing Chair: A rehabilitation device, particularly in paraplegia, as it provides freedom of mobility to patients with the waist down paralysis.

Lightweight Foldable Stretcher: A foldable stretcher made of composite alloy and special fabric weighing 6.6kg. It is suitable for every terrain and can be carried as a backpack.

Mechanical Hand Dynamometer: A apparatus based on compressed air technology to assess the handgrip/muscle power of the hand. The data is stored in the computer and easily retrieved, as the device is computer connected. This device can be used as a physiotherapy device

ITAD Devices: Anukool I & II are devices for Inhalation Therapy for Alveolar Deposition(ITAD). These are meant for assisting the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (which causes or complicates acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary oedema and hypoxia hypoxemia), bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease and interstitial lung disease. Anukool I am indicated in mildly breathless patients, while Anukool II is for severely breathless or unconscious patients. 

RF Coils for MRI Imaging: The signal to background noise and spatial resolution determines the image quality, which depends on the type of RF coil used..DRDO has developed RF coils for the thyroid and the breast keeping in view the anthropometric factors of the Indian population. 

Multi Insect Repellent Cream and Spray (DEPA): N, N-Diethyl-2 phenyl acetamide (DEPA) a multi-insect repellent compound, which is cosmetic friendly having antibacterial properties and nourishes the skin. It keeps insects away for 8 to 10 h with a single application. The spray formulation is easy to apply on fabric, curtains etc. and keeps away from painful bites of blood-sucking insects.

 Meat testing Kit: The kit to test microbiologically unsound meat. The test kit contains the components like mini cutter, forceps, and the glass tube with screw cap along with the test strips.

Minimally Processed Fruits & Vegetables: The process developed is based on stabilization of precut vegetables in the packaged form without thermal pretreatment which renders fresh-like quality to the products. The products, as a result of inbuilt ability to withstand ambient temperatures and offer marketing flexibility under varied conditions at the retail outlets. 

Tender coconut water: An innovative state-of-the-art technology to preserve and stabilize tender coconut water in flexible polymeric pouches and aluminium cans has been developed. The product has a shelf life of 6 months in the laminate pouch and aluminium cans under ambient conditions. The shelf life can be further extended by 3 more months under refrigerated storage.

Hurdle Technology for fruit preservation: Fruit preservation by hurdle technology is based on a combination of low levels of various antimicrobial factors (hurdles) acting synergistically resulting in shelf-stable high moisture, fresh-like products. These high moisture fruits retain their fresh appeal and the product remains microbiologically safe and has high acceptance. It is an excellent substitute for canned and/ or dehydrated fruit.

These technologies could not only make treatment more accessible and cheap while maintaining the highest degree of the standard to the underprivileged but also could be harnessed to develop Make in India a profitable initiative.

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Being Atmanirbhar in Medical Device Manufacturing

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Being Atmanirbhar in Medical Device Manufacturing

When our Honourable PM Narendra Modi in the backdrop of tension between Indo -China in Eastern Ladakh called for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ i.e. being self-reliant in manufacturing especially in Defence and technological field, but there is one field where India needs to Atmanirbhar moreover after Covid-19 pandemic outbreak is Medical Device Manufacturing. Healthcare sector in India is expected to reach $280 bn by 2022 from $150 bn in 2018.

Healthcare sector is rapidly growing not only in terms of revenue but also employment. Today it comprises hospitals, medical infrastructure, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, health insurance and medical equipment. The medical device industry is estimated to be $11 bn in 2020 and expected to reach $10 bn by 2025, whereas imports and exports stands at $6.2 bn and $2.1 bn respectively in 2018-19.

Driving Make in India from within 

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic pushed the trigger button because of India’s huge population and high dependency on the import medical devices sector. The Government of India through its flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative relied heavily on the Indian manufacturers to meet the rising demand of essential healthcare equipment for the country.

Earlier there was no PPE manufacturer in India but as on 1st May, there are 111 indigenous manufacturers producing over 1.87 lakh PPEs per day. The production of ventilators rose to 50,000 units in May from 5,750 units in march costing around Rs 2 – 4.5 lakh as compared to Rs 15 -16 lakhs for imported ones by 15 firms. In N95 mask production, the country has a production capacity of 1.5 billion and the surplus capacity is 532.03 million after discounting the demand produced by 49 firms. Similarly, swab manufacturers from zero to three and sanitizers manufacturers from 35 to 48 and RT PCR kit manufacturers from zero to eight.

Hurdles Faced

As per an article by Rajiv Nath Forum Coordinator of the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) and Dr Suchita Markan Assistant General Manager of Biotech Consortium India (BCIL) published in the International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs, this month authored by covers the various challenges and opportunities faced by the Indian medical device industry during COVID-19 pandemic, how the indigenous industry responded to these challenges and the way forward for making the country self-sustainable and a leading exporter of the world in the medical device sector. This was further highlighted by The Department of Pharmaceuticals recognised that indigenous manufacturers have a disability of 12-15 per cent on account of:

  1.   Lack of adequate infrastructure, supply chain and logistics.
  2.   The high cost of finance.
  3.   Inadequate availability and cost of quality power.
  4.   Limited design capabilities.
  5.   Low focus on R&D and skill development.

The department of DBT, BIRAC, NITI Aayog and the office of Principal Scientific Advisor to PM has been working to create an ecosystem for nurturing start-ups and incubators. The real challenge for these startups are the above 12-15 per cent disabilities and marketing challenges, once they graduate to MSME.

The medical device industry is seeking government intervention and support in terms of various policy matters so that the industry could realise its potential.

Self-reliance- need of the hour

“Government needs to undertake major reforms for the Indian industry to play a key role in the global supply chain and be self-reliant. Many of the components being imported eg, semiconductor display, magnets, capital intensive equipment can only be made at scale by Indian manufacturers if they are given a high degree of policy certainty as they require high upfront investments,” said Dr Markan.

Due to expensive labour and electricity industry finds it difficult to reach economies of scale as the cost of manufacturing increases. To decrease this, the government must provide infrastructure and logistic support at cheaper rates. The state of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Sikkim are coming up with dedicated Medical Device Parks projects worth $132.24 mn and also easing and streamlining of Labour Laws which are in pipeline.

DV Sadananda Gowda, Minister, Chemicals and Fertilisers, GoI said, “The ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign and development of three Bulk Drugs Parks and four Medical Device Parks will not only reduce India’s dependency on imports but will also be helpful in making India a major player in global pharma / medical devices exports.”

Wrapping up

The call for Atmanirbhar Bharat as well as ‘Go Local and be vocal’ will make India an emerging manufacturing superpower but will also strengthen India to vie for being the second factory in the world for medical devices and a dependable manufacturer of quality products in the global supply chain.

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