One of the major challenges faced by the new Indian government is to provide affordable healthcare to all. Healthcare in India, as elsewhere in the world, is
facing unprecedented challenges, including the economic burdens associated with rising costs, chronic diseases, and caring for aging populations. The need for efficient systems to deliver quality healthcare is much more intensified today and healthcare providers face the challenging mandate of doing more with less.
Medical diagnostics is at the centre of healthcare delivery and is facing its own challenges. With increasing demand for tests, focus on quality and accuracy by physicians as well as changing economic paradigm, laboratories are forced to think out-of-the-box to keep functioning.
An estimated 70 per cent of medical decisions are based on laboratory test results. However, diagnostic laboratories in India are limited by means and resources. The thought of investing in an automation system feels like a daunting task, let alone expanding a laboratory or replacing existing systems. But the need for quality and reproducibility as well as the increasing demand for tests with less turn-around-time have only fuelled the need for adoption and use of laboratory automation.
The key challenge for the diagnostic industry is to find innovative and cost-effective ways to improve testing efficiency and eliminate errors. Given the variation of power supply in India, equipment manufacturers must have a clear vision of how to best enhance a laboratory’s capability with their automated equipment. The question the industry is asking today is how do laboratories adopt automation and how do they positively impact patient care?“The hallmark of a good medical laboratory is accurate analysis and reporting of diagnostic tests carried out by them thereby helping the medical fraternity to recommend proper dosages of medicines to cure the patient. A high degree of quality control in testing therefore instils trust and confidence in the patients. Challenges include, but are not restricted to trained and skilled manpower in proper analysis, and use of test equipment,” explains V Ramakrishnan, Marketing Manager, Remi Elekrotechnik.
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