Healthcare should move away from being doctor centric towards being patient-centric:Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar

Yogesh K Porwar & Siddarath Sethia

*Some private hospital chains lack adequate transparancy: Health Minister

Healthcare should move away from being doctor centric towards being patient-centric,it should transform from hospital-centric to home-centric Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

He further stressed on healthcare being focused on ‘4 Ps-Personalized,Predictive,Preventive and Participatory – he added that we must move away from the ‘5th P’ which is pills.

Speaking at the PHANA’s 3rd National Health Summit,Minister Sudhakar said,In the current world, we are seeing a massive rise in new technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

There are new tools that allow us to make incredibly accurate diagnoses which will help provide effective treatment in a timely manner.

Minister Sudhakar urged PHANA to work towards ensuring healthcare is affordable, accessible, and available. He further pointed out that a few private hospital chains lack adequate transparency.

I urge PHANA to look into this issue to ensure that digital medical records are made available to the government.

This is because,unless we have adequate data, the government cannot come up with effective health programs both at the state and national levels,” Minister Sudhakar said.

NCDs are a big threat today and every 4th person has diabetes today.We don’t have a large data pool on this.We are seeing a rise in NCDs such as hypertension,diabetes and cancer are on the rise.

This is the reason Karnataka has taken up the task of doing mass screenings to develop a data pool.I am happy to let you know that as of now,we have screened 60% of the population for NCDs,”Minister Sudhakar said.

Karnataka can only become a wealthy state if we become a healthy state.This is a task we will have to achieve together.

We from the government are ready to provide all the necessary support for this.We will take measures to curb red-tapism as we firmly believe in promoting ease of doing business.

Large hospital chains are growing currently, but what I would like to see is mid-sized hospitals that have a capacity of around 100 beds to grow.

I Do understand that there are some bottlenecks such as annual renewals.I will speak to our Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to try to make it a single-window process and increase the time period to three years.