Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Modern Healthcare :Touching lives from Kashmir to Kanyakumari

Its a very renown saying that health is wealth.


If a person is healthy, fit and fine
He can enjoy life's every sun shine
Travel the world which is so divine
Without worrying about stomach , liver or intestine.

In today's world keeping oneself fit and healthy is the top most priority of every person.
People have become quite aware about the fatal diseases , their symptoms , prevention and cure, all thanks to the discoveries and findings of modern day healthcare that is available just a click away.

Some facts and figures about India
  • India has the largest number of medical colleges in the world
  • India produces among largest numbers of doctors in the developing world. These doctors are exported to many other countries, and are considered among the best in the world.
  • This country gets ‘Medical tourists’ from many developed countries reflecting the high standard of medical skill and expertise here. They seek care in its state-of-the-art, high-tech hospitals which compare with the best in the world.
  • Turning to medicines, this country is the fourth largest producer of drugs by volume in the world and is among the largest exporter of drugs in the world.
  • India has the largest private medical sector in the world.

Above facts just tell us one story which is "The Health Care system in India is booming at a rapid pace with most efficient manpower and latest technology."

The source for above mentioned facts is

Lets focus on what all changes have been brought up in the modern day health system

1. Better way of treatment and less sufferings
    Prior to the advent of modern health technology , physicians used to totally depend on the
    information gleaned from patient's narrative about their complaints and outward bodily signs to
    identify the disease. One wrong judgement could lead to severe consequences for the patient.
    The sufferings involved in the treatment was also on a higher scale.
    But the development of self regulating instruments, effective medicines , robotic machines that
    can even carry out surgeries has revolutionized the methods of treatment and minimized the level of
    sufferings involved.


    For Example the most advanced Cancer treatment options available, Novalis TX radiosurgery &
    radiotherapy has changed the face of  cancer treatment, and already helped thousands of people
    continue to go to work, spend time with family and friends and take part in their favorite activities,
     while fighting cancer.

2. Information just a click away
    The invention of internet has brought revolution in every field , with health care also one of them.
    All the discoveries ,findings, symptoms ,even treatments of many diseases are just a click away.
    The degree of awareness among people has increased manifold ,all thanks to internet.


3. Improved patient care and worker efficiency
    Modern Technology has made the patient care more reliable and safe.
    Today doctors use computers to record all the medical history of a patient and navigate
    through it whenever necessary. It not only saves time and improves efficiency but also helps
    doctor to check whether they are administering the correct treatment.

     Results of lab tests, records of vital signs and medicine orders can be stored in a database that can
     be referred later.
     Patients too have access to all the information which can help them understand the treatment
     they are given.

     With the availability of databases having large amount of information , the research work has also
      advanced resulting in major breakthroughs


4. Availability and Access to medical facilities
    24 * 7 availability and access to hospitals, doctors , ambulances and modern devices has helped in
    saving thousands of lives.


    If a heart patient has a fatal heart attack in Indore, he can be immediately transferred to AIIMS Delhi
    through helicopter with all vital facilities available in it.

5. Quick Organ Transplantation 
    In earlier times organ transplantation was a very difficult job because of the slow speed and
    old technology.
    There were problems of transplant rejection, during which the body has an immune response to the
     transplanted organ, possibly leading to transplant failure and immediate need to remove the organ
     otherwise which can also lead to death of the recipient in case of heart transplant.

     Today kidney,heart,lung ,intestine is a common thing. You just need to register your name at a
     hospital and soon they will come with a donor for you. There is a special unit which keeps a track
     of it. Hair and skin transplantation are also carried out widely to enhance the looks.

6.  Cosmetic Surgeries
     With increasing cases of acid attacks and burning , cosmetic surgeries have turn out to be a boon
      for the sufferers. They not only give you back your identity but also help to live a normal life in
      the society.

      For the high society it have been a status symbol.
      Breast enhancements , lips and nose corrections surgeries are quite common among

Now lets see how the modern day health care has changed lives of people

1. Immune Society
     Polio was one of the most dreaded disease of 20th century. It has crippled lives of many people
     especially children. They had to suffer from paralysis at such a young age and finally
     be a victim to a horrible death.
     Smallpox was once the most fatal endemic disease on earth which took away millions of life.
     Similarly Hepatitis A and B , rabies and measles fall under the same category.

     But today the scope and level of immunization has increased considerably.
     India has been removed from the list of polio endemic countries by WHO ,
     all thanks to the pulse polio campaign. Today no child has the fear to lose his life to polio even in the
     rural areas.
     Smallpox has been eradicated from the world itself.
     Similarly there are vaccinations available for many fatal diseases which has removed the fear
     and suffering from the life of people altogether.

2. Treatment within Budget
     There are many state funded charitable hospitals opened for the benefit of poor and needy.
     Free treatment , medicines and food are been provided to those who can't even afford a 2 day meal.
     Cure for fatal diseases like Tuberculosis are given at a very reasonable rate.
     One of the most successful step by government in this direction is the introduction of program
      called  "DOTS". In this health workers, community volunteers, traditional birth attendants
       monitor, record, supervise and cure TB patients with support of government.

    So today the complete savings of the family doesn't go into saving the life of a family member.
    People can easily afford the treatment of their disease along with the expenses of day to day living.
    Modern Day healthcare has made their life easy,comfortable and manageable.


3. Increase in life expectancy
    The life expectancy of people has increased impressively.

Today a person suffering from TB, Typhoid or even Cancer doesn't have a fear of losing his life
    and tension of his family whereabouts after him.
    He knows that his disease can be cured and he can get back to normal life.
    Modern Day healthcare has helped to build that determination, optimism and courage in a person
    suffering from a fatal disease.

4. Rehabilitation Programs
    The worst enemy of a person is his addiction. There are millions of cases where this addiction of
    alcohol, drugs,gambling,smoking etc has given big return gifts. Death or fatal disease to the
    addict and life long mourning for his family members.

     With coming of the Rehabilitation centers run by Trust and big Hospital there has been a
     drastic attempt in mitigating the overwhelming problem of addiction.

     Addiction take away everything from you; money , family and status.
     But these programs are helping people to control their craving and get back to normal life.
     Also they are not heavy on the pocket.
     So in all they are boon for the young generation specifically who get drifted apart so easily.


5. New Body New Soul
    Cosmetic surgeries and organ transplantation has not only given people new bodies or
    organs but also a new soul. After an acid attack or body burn the soul of sufferer dies.
    He/she losses hope of a getting back to a normal life, to become part of the society again.
    Self esteem and confidence is lost , dreams are shattered.
    But these modern day technology gives a new identity , a new hope to the patient
    to live again and start a new life.

6. Medical Tourism
    In this era of globalization  for a profit motivated global capital,exploiting opportunities in areas  
    having low price and high quality is a linked development. From a developing country's perspective,
    this might appear to be attractive to widen business opportunities as well to earn foreign
    At present the medical tourists we get in India, estimated at around 150,000 annually come on a
    voluntary basis and contribute an estimated $750 million annually to India's hospital and allied sector.

    So the rise of medical tourism provides an opportunity for people in India to use the services of
    highly skilled foreign doctors who are equipped with the latest technology in the business, in India
    itself that too at a lower cost than what they would had to pay outside the country.
    We can say that Medical tourism is a good initiative by Modern day healthcare system.


7. Health Insurance
    Insurance is the most important investment in today's world , be it life or health insurance.
    No health insurance means a hell lot of financial burden for an individual.

    Mediclaims acts as an umbrella for medical coverage during times of medical needs.
    It includes everything right from room charges, boarding expenses, nursing charges, ICU,
    operation theater charges , surgeon fees and the list is endless.

    And it is not only affordable but also has an advantage of tax rebate.
    So today life of a person in medical need and his family members has become so easy , all thanks
    to their Medical Insurance.  
     Best one I have come across is Apollomunich Insurance..:)

8. A boon for Disabled
    A person who is born physically disabled have a preconceived notion that he can never get on the
    same boat as that of the able people. He won't be treated and given same opportunities as people
    without disabilities. He lacks confidence and believes of getting discriminated.


    But the modern technology and equipments has made it possible for the handicapped person to live a
    normal man's life. He can walk, talk , jog, rock and roll in the same manner as an able man.

    Also for the mentally disabled there are centers who teach them basic living skills, how to integrate
    with family and society. There are different types of therapies and counselling given to the patient
    as well as his family.


9. A big relief for Health Workers
   Doctors are the most trusted breed in this world
   They have huge responsibilities on their shoulder.
   Even while sleeping they dream of life , birth and death, the 3 things they have to take care of.

   A doctor's job is the toughest job in this world. His main duty is to save lives and cure people,
   but with least levels of suffering bore by them. The advent of modern technology and equipment
   has been successful in reducing a rock sized burden from his shoulders.
   It has not only saved lives but also time and money.

   Today doctors are happy souls living in peace who enters an ICU with a smile to cure the patient
   and not with a frown to see a suffering fellow being. All thanks to modern day health care.


Lastly something about the leader 

With over 8500 beds across 54 hospitals within and outside India and a significant presence at every touch-point of the medical value chain, the Apollo Hospitals Group is one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia.

It is recognized as the "Architect of Healthcare" in India.
Several of the group's hospitals have been among the first in India to receive a form of international healthcare accreditation. It is the largest telemedicine provider in India with 71 centres.

Also it has been one of the pioneers of the technology revolution in healthcare.
It was the first to bring Novalis TX radiosurgery and radiotherapy which has changed the
face of cancer treatment.
Also it has established the Apollo Institute of Robotic Surgery in collaboration with the Vattikuti Foundation of Michigan, USA. This multi-specialty, multi-modality Institute will offer Robot Assisted Surgeries of world class standards at costs which are just a fraction of what is charged in hospitals in advanced nations.


So to sum up, we can say that India is a hub in the medical tourism map where the Apollo family touches and enriches lives every minute, every day.

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