Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3) Discuss the impact of Digitalization on Healthcare Services Performance and analyse the trends and evaluate the various challenges posed by it.(250 words)
Why this question:
India’s apex drug regulator, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), has issued an alert about a possible risk of hacking of some insulin pumps manufactured by device maker Medtronic PLC recently, after the US FDA flagged the issue last week.
Key demand of the question:
The question is intended to evaluate the effect that digitization/technology is having upon the Healthcare system and the various challenges it poses upon it.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define the role played by technology in healthcare system in general.
Healthcare systems are facing many challenges, from demographics to multi-morbidities that are associated with increasing the demand for more services. New technologies are thought to be a solution to these problems. However, to address these problems with digitalization of healthcare will imply the combination of properly using technologies, aligned with integrated working processes and skilled professionals.
In the answer one must first highlight the challenges associated with the digitalization of healthcare, the next the implementation of digital services, considering a method to design online service, and then the impact of digitalization on healthcare workforce performance.
Finally, the discussion should examine the challenges of digitalization for the future.
Explain how proper digitalization of healthcare will enable changes in the paradigm of healthcare delivery as well as in the mechanism for patients’ participation and engagement.
Conclude that the sustainability of healthcare will depend on how efficient we will make digital service design.