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Telemedicine is the frontrunner for remote patient connect, finds IDC study

New Delhi, March 25, 2021: A new report by  IDC’s  Healthcare Insights domain, says that more than 45% of the healthcare organizations in the Asia/Pacific are planning to have increased IT spend to prepare for the next normal.
Hence, it is imperative for both, technology providers and healthcare provider CIOs, to understand the potential investment areas as early as possible. 
The report ‘India Healthcare Sector: Defining the Path Ahead ’ underlines that the COVID-19 outbreak became a test of resiliency, particularly for the healthcare sector. The Indian healthcare organizations survived the impact, proving their resiliency through technological adoptions. In the first instance, efforts were focused to establish accessibility of care. As a result, telemedicine became the front-runner in establishing remote doctor-patient connect. Moving forward, the Indian healthcare sector will have to leverage the digital acceleration created by the pandemic-related constraints toward remote monitoring and enhanced access to care.
Says Manoj Vallikat,  research manager, IDC Asia/Pacific Healthcare Insights: "It is clear that the IT spend by the healthcare providers is set to increase in 2021, particularly on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). This is the time tech providers prioritize increased collaboration with tech buyers to have a clear understanding of the patient touchpoints to be addressed. Although technology plays a vital role in successfully designing a solution, moving ahead, tech providers and start-ups should focus on user-friendliness and regulatory compliance in their solutions to ensure acceptability and scalability.”
Key IDC prediction in India healthcare context: The Year 2021 will witness the evolution of the Care Delivery ecosystem