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Role of Digital India in Healthcare Arena

We all know that healthcare plays a very crucial role in our life. Nowadays healthcare has become one of India’s largest sector-both in terms of revenue and employment. The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well as private players. Digital health is the key pillar of with which the healthcare management can be made more efficient. Health Information Technology supports health information management across computerized systems and the secure exchange oh health information between consumers, providers and payers. Healthcare IT has improved healthcare quality, increase healthcare productivity, prevent medical errors. It reduces healthcare accuracy and healthcare costs. The digital healthcare market grew at a CAGR of 13.21% in the period 2011-2015,and for 2016-2021 the growth rate is expected to be at 15.05%.Research estimates that the health market will be nearly 18 billion in 2016 alone and its further growth will be 40% over next few years. The digital health market is growing at a significant rate because of growing demand for advanced healthcare information, and grow in investment by healthcare information technology players. The very well known factors like privacy, security issues, inadequate healthcare infrastructure are responsible for the growth of digital healthcare market.

Market size-The overall Indian healthcare market is around 100 billion and is likely to grow to 280 billion by 2020.The healthcare information technology market which is valued at 1 billion is expected to grow at 1.5 times by 2020.Across the country 3,598 hospitals and 25,723 dispensaries are offering AYUSH treatment. The Indian medical tourism industry is pegged at 3 billion per annum,with the tourist arrivals at 230,000.The Indian medical tourism is expected to reach 6 billion by 2018.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has envisioned the digital India programme to transform India into a digitally improved society & knowledge economy. The programme symbolizes to connect and empower 125 crore citizens, creating transparency and accountability in governance. Several initiatives under this programme have been implemented and some of the recent achievements of Digital India are:

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