Use of advanced technology is dramatically transforming the ways the diseases are treated and medical conditions are addressed.
Today, a patient suffering from chronic kidney disease requiring regular dialysis, for example, does not need to undergo a physical examination under the doctor more than a couple of times. The rest of the times, treatment can be provided by other caregivers even without the doctor. The doctor needs to simply monitor and direct the patient based on her diagnostic records, which can be accessed from anywhere, through the use of advanced technology.
“The use of technology will emerge stronger in medical sciences, today we are dependent primarily on doctors for medical care. But now with the use of technology, instances of patients and doctors meetings will reduce. They will have to visit only if it is necessary or else the doctor can guide and provide treatment with the use of appropriate technology as he or she will have all the necessary medical data, history and diagnostic records,” Nilesh Jain, managing director and co-founder, Clinivantage, told Future Medicine.
Clinivantage, launched by Jain along with healthcare expert Dinesh Samudra and consultant surgeon Dr Abhay Chopada two years ago has been providing end to end solutions to millions of customers not only in India but also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, UK, US, South Africa and Oman. It acts as the common link between all stakeholders—doctors, nurses, caregivers, diagnostic laboratories and most importantly patients.
“Today, we are chasing the doctors, nurses and others but with the help of technology, things will change in the next few years and the focus will be the patients. Clinivantage maintains an elaborate database of medical history and records of the patients—the data can be accessed by doctors even in the absence of the patients. Simply put, patients sitting in a remote area can get the required treatment without having to travel to consult a doctor. The company also provide mobility of data to provide the best medical solutions to the patients.
Clinivantage has already tied up with 1200 doctors for the purpose. It is also working with 65 super specialty hospitals apart from 300 small scale hospitals across the country for providing comprehensive medical care to patients.
The exponential rise in cases of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has become one of the biggest challenges in India. “NCDs pose a big threat, these have risen significantly in the last few years due to inappropriate diet, pollution, behavioural changes and increased level of intake of alcohol and tobacco,” Jain added. “The pollution level in the smaller towns and villages are often 20,000 times higher than the cities and this is because of their use of chulha and the use of mosquito repellent.”
However, Jain also pointed out that the focus needs to shift to wellness and preventive care for which analytics will have to used more extensively.
In Maharashtra, Clinivantage has also tied up with the ASHA workers to provide medical assistance to patients in the remote areas at a meagre cost of Rs 50 per consultation. The ASHA workers act as the link between the doctors and the patients.
About 50,000 transactions take place in a day through Cinivantage while Jain aims to double it by July end.
Jain has also firmed up plans to expand the service of his company to more countries in Africa, Europe and south Asia.