An important and positive development taking place in the Indian healthcare sector is the use of information technology for purposes such as computerization of medical records, networking of various departments in a hospital, and providing of tele-medicine services.
With advent of Information Technology in Indian healthcare, disintermediation has occurred in such a way that the primary & secondary level hospitals can have a direct access to the Super Specialty Hospitals, in a collaborative way. The new organization model not only removes the intermediate layers but also provides a conductive atmosphere for primary level hospitals, to work symbiotically with the Super Specialty hospitals. This will be a win-win situation for both partners.
Information Technology has the potential to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care. Diffusion of Information Technology in health care is generally low (varying, however, with the application and setting) but surveys indicate that providers plan to increase their investments. Drivers of investment in Information Technology include the promise of quality and efficiency gains. Barriers include the cost and complexity of Information Technology implementation, which often necessitates significant work process and cultural changes.
Information Technology has brought revolutionary changes in medicine sector as well. With the help of new techniques, technologies and equipment developed by Information Technology for this specific field, physicians can provide more accurate treatment to patients. Something that wasn’t possible ten to twenty years ago.