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India has a lot to catch up on in terms of devices & tech: Health Secy at Newsd Health Conclave

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The primary role of health-tech should focus on better healthcare not hospital care, says Union Health Secretary C K Mishra.

The secretary was speaking at Newsd Health Conclave and said that in terms of devices and technology India have a lot to catch up.

He added that the idea of technology is not new. “But we need to work on today that how do we use this tech optimally to reach everyone.”

Highlighting that technology will bridge the gap between those who don’t have access to healthcare, Mishra said technology can be used to connect and sharpen the skills of qualified doctors.

Mishra added that the tech will add to human endeavor in providing better healthcare but tech could not replace it.

Furthermore, Mishra said that tech and mobile penetration has helped us to reach pregnant woman to let them know about their child.

Others who were the part of conclave were Dr Sanjeev Bagai, vice chairman and director, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, Dr Mamta Jain, Medical  Superintendent, Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Saurabh Arora, Co Founder, Lybrate, J K Sharma, Director, WHO Centre of Medical Science and Shutapa Paul, Group Editor, Newsd.

Dr Sanjeev Bagai pushed for achieving the three P’s of healthcare – Preventive, Precision and Predictive. He also said that there should be public private integration in order to ensure everyone gets adequate access to healthcare.




J K Sharma added that the technology solves the cost of case, bridges the skill care and the burden of disease.

Dr Mamta Jain stressed on Yoga as an essential component for effective healthcare and its role in preventing people from falling sick.


“We take doctors knowledge and impart it to the users,” said Lybrate co founder Saurabh Arora.

The discussion was moderated by Newsd Group Editor, Shutapa Paul.