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Preventive Health Check-Up Camp Organised To Spread Awareness

New Delhi: To create awareness about the importance of preventive health check-up, 3Hcare.in recently organised health check-up camps in Rohini and Subhash Nagar areas of the capital.

“We have been conducting various health camps in association with several NGO’s in different parts of the capital since January. Recent camp in Rohini was in collaboration with RWA and Senior Citizen Forum to create awareness on the importance of regular health checkups for healthy living. The advantage is that we provided services at confessional rates.” Says CA (Dr) Ruchi Gupta, Founder and CEO, 3hcare.in

“Though infant mortality rate has been reduced during the past few years, preventable diseases are still a leading cause for death of kids under the age of 5 years. Annually around 10 lakh children die due to lack of diagnosis, and 1 child dies every 2 minutes due to diarrhoea. Due to lack of knowledge among the parents and to make them understand the importance of regular health checkups, camps were organised in 13 slum areas for the underprivileged across Delhi NCR last month.” Says gastroenterologist and co-Founder Dr Ravinder Pal Singh, 3hcare.in

“3hcare.in organizes preventive health check-up camps on a regular basis at different locations across Delhi/NCR that includes corporate companies, markets, RWAs and other associations. To spread awareness among the common people, mutual cost cutting was done by us and the diagnostic centres that provided people to get tested at only 10% of the actual cost.  Basic pathology tests included CBC, LFT, KFT, Lipid Profiling along with checking their BMI, Weight, blood pressure etc.” Added Gupta

With over 400 diagnostic labs available with 3HCare.in, it provides leverage to patients seeking diagnostics both pathology and radiology at their convenience. Apart from creating a hold in diagnostic segment, with all major brands NABL and NON NABL but leaders in this segment and area across the national capital region at one place, the online portal provides the best quality home healthcare products like vaporizer, BP monitors, Glucometers etc from over 30 manufacturers to search, compare and shop. Also, besides planning to spread its wings to other states, the company is gearing up to initiate further verticals that include planning of surgeries, both domestic and international.

“We aim to help the public by assisting them to get the best quality healthcare service and facilities by providing nearby center information, recommended doctors. We also help in decision making on call, chat, and mail support on different parameters. There is lack of awareness among the mass about home collections services and quality services by different centers. For the first time in India, we impart knowledge on what, where, when, how to get the test done, customer reviews, End-end booking solution of test within less than a minute. By eliminating the challenges faced by the Indian public, 3hcare.in will provide a holistic approach to healthcare.” added Dr Gupta.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Surgeries Can Now Be Planned Online At Your Handiness

Surgeries can now be planned as per your convenience and at the best hospitals. 3Hcare.in, the online portal until now had provided similar facilities in the field of diagnostics and with its expansion in helping people to plan their surgeries online is proving advantageous.

With free quotation facilities available on the website, a patient is able to choose from the best of the hospitals. Covering almost all the leading and renowned hospitals across Delhi – NCR, our new vertical has been launched for the ease of the public. Now the patient need not wait for getting date for their surgery, or visit different hospitals for price comparison or time availability and most importantly, quoted comparison can help them plan their financials efficiently.

The portal includes all the information that a patient may require to know before planning their surgery. Latest technological treatment methods available are known to be minimally invasive and can be performed as a day care procedure. With availability of all the specialities on the portal, 3hcare.in provides the best in class hospitals at the best discounted price as per the wish of the patient.

Oncological Cyberknife therapy, Deep Brain Stimulation, Fertility treatments, knee replacements, and organ transplant surgeries are available with limited number of hospitals in India. The online portal has decided to provide detailed information on the portal for patients to avoid wandering to hospitals. The best part about the vertical is that the comparison available with various hospitals will help the patients to choose that suits them the best. All the hospitals associated with us are accredited by NABH or JCI or both.

With government's focus to digitise health care services, health experts expect a surge in patients undergoing advanced medical techniques such as oncological cyberknife therapy, deep brain stimulation and fertility treatments in India through online appointments. They believe through online appointments, patients across globe can not just narrow down on the best hospitals for the required treatment but also get appointments as per their convenience.

No doubt, digitisation in health care can emerge out to be a boon for the patients. The search for advanced medical technologies at the best hospitals through such digitisation in health services becomes easier.

According to experts, the digitisation in the health industry will also make the flow of foreign patients easier in the upcoming time.

Experts say that Indian medical tourism market is expected to more than double to reach $8 billion by 2020. Currently Bangladesh and Afghanistan dominate the Indian medical value travel with 34 per cent share. With the integration of surplus talent, technology, tourist attraction, trade and tradition, India is a potential place to promote itself as a premier global health care destination and enable streamlined medical services.

With the grand success, response and popularity of the diagnostics vertical among the public, ‘Plan my surgery’ is also expected to boom. Considering the problems, situation and conditions of the Indian hospitals – where lack of bedding and increasing number of patients are of great concern, this initiative taken by 3hcare.in has the ability to overcome them all. Availability of expert surgeons is also one of the concerns and especially in cases like renal or liver transplants which require subtle and urgent planning.

With all the information available online, not only patients in India, but international patients are at an ease for better and cheap treatment options. Payment options being online it will not be troublesome for a visitor patient and hence will boost medical tourism indirectly.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Misdiagnosis Leads To Complications- Choose Labs Wisely

Many people in our country at some point of time in their life have received an incorrect diagnosis or seen a doctor who has been baffled by their symptoms. Symptoms can go away with the right medication but misdiagnosis can cost lives.

If you have been advised to get some tests done and you are already fretting about re-scheduling your daily routine. The thought of waiting in a long queue upsets you and what if you went to your chosen diagnostic centre and they don't have the test that you have been asked for? You will again wait for the precious weekend to search the right diagnostic centre to get it done.

Looking for the best diagnostics in the desired vicinity has now become easier. Online portal 3hcare.in has emerged as one of the leaders in the field of diagnostics, allow people to check for the best labs with price comparison at affordable costs, eliminating the need to wait in queues.  Being online, anyone and everyone can choose from the thousands of labs across the country on a single click.

Highly reliable

As the treatment given by the doctor completely depends on the lab test results, reliability on the results provided by the diagnostics lab is an important factor. With complete details of the diagnostic labs available including its accreditation, the online portal has created a comfort zone for patients requiring diagnosis. Even the number of people coming forward for preventive health checkups have raised since the inception of 3hcare.in, which can solely be attributed to the reach, awareness generated among common masses, by filling the gap between the patients and testing labs.

Get tested at desired location

In metro cities most of the people are working that restricts their time for health checkups at desired location. With this online technology available for scheduling the tests in your vicinity as per the time availability of your choice, many people are benefited. Price transparency is one of the keys factors that keep you aware of the best prices and offers available at all diagnostic labs. It is accessible 24 hours, with easy booking options and better payment options either to pay at the centers or using card payments online.

Easy access for All

Elderly patients usually find it difficult to make a visit to the diagnostic centre early morning in empty stomach. This eradicates the need to go to the lab for appointments and wait for your turn or report collection, as even the report is mailed to you. Website also provides facilities to keep your complete data stored at one point for easy access and future consultations.

The following aspects are needed to be kept in mind while choosing the best diagnostic centre –

Experience and skills - this is one of the most important aspect to look for in the labs. With experienced medical practitioners and skillful technical team, the results provided by the lab will be accurate. The pathologist should be well versed with the medical expertise and also with the interpersonal skills. Not only the doctors but also the pathologists and the lab technicians should be sharp skilled and experienced. Customer attention is important part of developing relationship with diagnostic clinic.

Precision in report compilation - It is essential that the test reports should be accurate without any error as the wrong treatment can cost serious consequences.

Well operational lab equipment

Timeliness of report - Report should be delivered on time .Delay in delivering report could also result in delayed diagnosis, which could eventually cause severe complications or even death in some cases.

Technology and protocols used - The tests should be done using the latest technologies as this will help them provide high quality and precise diagnostic services. The rates should be reasonable so that every income group can avail the service. There is no space of human error when it comes to diagnostic tests. The diagnostic centre should follow the international protocols in relation to hygiene, sanitation and systematic documentation.

Health needs to be taken care of at its best and with such an objective the aim is to help the public by assisting them to get the best quality healthcare service and facilities. The portal also helps in decision making on call, chat, and mail support on different parameters. There is lack of awareness among the mass about home collections services and quality services by different centers. For the first time in India, we impart knowledge on what, where, when, how to get the test done, customer reviews, End-end booking solution of test within less than a minute. By eliminating the challenges faced by the Indian public, 3hcare.in will provide a holistic approach to healthcare.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Journey To Launch 3hcare.In

3hcare.in, the latest trending digital portal for taking care of your health completely is one of its kinds in providing the best quality labs for diagnostics. The one stop solution helps you to plan the tests at the desired lab and location of your choice at your own convenience. The most important feature is the transparency in the price, discounts, available tests and confidential test report storage. The only thing that you need to do is to enter your availability and location, the rest is planned by the portal. With diagnostics made accessible at your finger tips, the journey in starting the digital portal was not as easy as it may look. It took lot of hurdles for the founder to cross to establish the portal and sustaining the current growth. Let us have a look at the path and struggle that led Dr (CA) Ruchi Gupta to become a successful entrepreneur.

What pinched her to start?

The prolific entrepreneur is a PhD scholar and never had the thoughts of starting up such a public-centric portal. After completing her graduation, she persued her MBA along with CA. With inheriting the interest in teaching from her parents, she also wanted to become a lecturer. In pursuit of her dreams, she became a mentor to management students and worked as a lecturer in a college in Delhi. During that time she noticed many problems in hospitals and its functioning. One of the instances are as follows – One of her relatives were suffering with dengue and needed immediate admission, wherein the hospitals denied admitting him due to overcrowded hospital. She was not in a position to wander around to different hospitals in search of bed availability. But giving reference of a known doctor, the patient was immediately admitted. The problems did not end, soon the admin staff asked her to get the patient tested for platelets, due to lack of facilities during that time. This was another challenge for her to track and locate a diagnostic lab who can provide the test results immediately for further treatment. At the end only her reference helped the patient with regular tests and treatment.

This was when she thought of improving the current functioning of healthcare, making it public friendly and providing transparency and ease in tracking of testing labs etc.

She noticed that there was a huge price difference when she was referred by someone to the labs without hindering the quality. She thought what she can do in order to make this price friendly feature available to the public. This only gave her the idea generation, but to make it practical and possible, she still had many hurdles to cross. She wanted to create an online portal by tying up with various labs to make all the tests available to the patients with ease and transparency. To develop a team, she actually shared the idea with more than 300 people and atlast found 4 reliable source who were convinced with her idea – Dr Ravinder pal Singh, who belongs to the same field, knew situations better and hence accepted to start the portal.

Gradually, they started building the medical, online and the finance team. In the initial months when the website was under construction, it was a huge challenge for the 3hcare team to convince tying up with diagnostic centres. Still they managed to bring around 180 centres. Today the portal is ready with over 350 test centres to choose from with further verticals yet to be added.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

India To Become Premier Hub For Medical Tourism By 2020

With developing medical technologies and cost effective world class treatments available, India is becoming the hub for treatment in the medical field. The treatment provided is from accredited facilities at par with any developed country in the world at much cheaper cost is what is making Medical Value tourism a competitive advantage over others.

With several big investments being made in this sector, the functioning of the industry has become more professional, organised and efficient. Besides the urgent need for quality treatment services, people across the world are making India, the Focal point for cost effective facilities available.

With the integration of surplus talent, technology, tourist attraction, trade and tradition, India is a potential place to promote itself as a Premier Global Healthcare destination and enable streamlined medical services.

Even though Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore has started moving ahead of India, the distinct health care features and the initiatives taken by PM of India, exponential growth is confirmed in the upcoming years. Where the overall healthcare market is expected to boom three times from $ 100 Billion to $ 300 billion by 2020, the Indian Medical tourism will reach $ 10 – 15 billion with 4 times the growth in the IT market.

The government is all set to participate and boost the morale of the industry apart from providing great opportunities to list the challenges, priorities and prescription for its betterment. Growth in the medical tourism and healthcare delivery industry will enhance employment opportunities besides the congregation of pharma and medical equipment industries.

With perspective of the opportunities lying ahead, investment and support both from the government and private players will prepare a solid base for future MVT in India and the actions have already overtaken the anticipation.

Why Is India The Best Attraction For Medical Tourism?

With availability of the latest technologies and the growing observance on international quality standards, treatment at reduced cost are the assets that has made India the most desirable medical tourism destinations across the world. It costs only a tenth in India for similar treatment procedures and outcomes as compared to US and UK.

It was seen that the maximum number of medical visas were availed by medical travelers from Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Korea, due to the fact that visa-on-arrival scheme was an ease for such patients to get treatment and stay in India for 30 days. Earlier a visa would be issued after 2 months of the previous visit and removing such restrictions has also allowed and attracted many medical tourists from the Gulf countries.

Improvements Being Planned By The Government Of India

With the advent of online and e-commerce healthcare industry the legal formalities for the patients travelling will be made easy. A checklist along with relevant information will be available on the embassy website that includes the following – requirement of multiple visas for comfort of multiple entries during follow up treatment, a coloumn for high end treatment cases involving multiple legalities as in case of kidney and liver transplant to avoid clearance problems on arrival. Transportation of critically ill patients from airport to the hospital is one of the smallest though complicated issue. The checklist can also include the private hospital’s ambulance pick up from the landing strip directly to the hospital to avoid transferring inconvenience to critically ill patients. These issues if addressed properly can take medical tourism and travellers to India a long way in boosting their confidence.

International travellers focus more on Government accreditations. JCI has more global visibility than NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) in India. This can sometime become an obstruction for attracting medical travelers to India. Even though NABH being the highest accreditation followed in India, it still needs to be promoted and recognized on a global platform to achieve global acceptability.

Problems in fund transaction – Many countries have strict laws for international fund transfer. This takes patients a long time to get permission and acts as a hindrance for timely treatment. Countries like Iraq and Uzbekistan has such laws, who cover under one-fifth of the medical travelers to India.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Foreign Patients Prefer India For Medical Treatment, Leading Portals Emerge As Guidance

Medical Tourism is the most recent trend in globalization of the health care industry that is booming and gaining prominence in developing countries. With the availability of the cheapest and the most accredited health care facility, India is expected to become the leading hub for patients seeking medical treatments across the world. The most important factors like cost consciousness and availability of accredited facilities have led to the emergence of a new leader in the Global medical tourism industry- India.

Overtaking Thailand in the recent years amongst the corridors of health, India is poised to become the hub for best medical treatment facilities across the world by 2020.

Globalization has promoted a consumerist culture, thereby promoting goods and services that can feed the aspirations arising from this culture. This has changed the character of the medical care sector, with the entry of the corporate sector. Besides the urgent need for quality treatment services, people across the world are making India, the Focal point for cost effective facilities available.

With the integration of surplus talent, technology, tourist attraction, trade and tradition, India is a potential place to promote itself as a Premier Global Healthcare destination and enable streamlined medical services.

Medical Tourism as a Global Industry

This process is being facilitated by the corporate sector involved in medical care as well as the tourism industry - both private and public. Foreign patients travelling to India to seek medical treatment have drastically increased since 2013. This is due to the fact that India offers medical facilities, including critical care at one-tenth of the cost of U.S. The Government’s role and support along with online portals like 3hcare.in, to boost medical tourism is also focusing on several areas including quality standards and easy visa processes to make India a global destination for healthcare services. India is a great location for foreign patients because this is a place where entire range of healthcare sector finds place.

Medical tourism chooses India as their favorable destination because of the key opportunities in Indian healthcare sector in the form of efficient infrastructure and technology. The health insurance market and national medical system here are well developed, which is convenient for visitors from the West and Middle East. They also find the hospital expenses very affordable. The travel and tourism industry already accounts for one of every nine job opportunities created in India, currently aggregating over 20 million employees. It is estimated that this industry generates more jobs per unit investment than any other sector.

Why India is the leader in health services?

India is known as the Health capital of Asia. With several multi and super specialty hospitals across the country brings in an average of 1500 international patients each day. The growing trend of medical tourist attraction in India can be linked to the affordable treatment, on-priority consultation with no waiting time, and the best in class facilities offered from various hospitals. Further advantages include -

Ease of travel - The government has removed visa restrictions on tourist visas that required a two-month gap between consecutive visits for people from Gulf countries which is likely to boost medical tourism. Moreover visa on arrival eased off the stay for many medical travelers coming to India with a medical reason for upto 30 days.

Cost effective – the treatment cost in India is atleast estimated to be only one-tenth of the cost when compared to any developed country. With the most popular and the state of the art alternative medicines and treatment, AYUSH, India finds a prime position amongst the foreign patients.

Quality healthcare service - India has 28 JCI accredited hospitals, though a foreign patient seeking treatment in India opts for the best Doctor Hospital combination. The technological advancements in healthcare IT has helped them in seeking the best satisfactory pair.  With the advent of online portals like 3hcare.in, the services taken by the medical traveler has eased off.  Many hospitals also give the option of continuing the treatment through telemedicine.

Language - Despite India's diversity of languages, English is an official language and is widely spoken. In the region of Delhi-NCR which is fast emerging as a hotspot for medical tourism, a number of hospitals have hired language translators to make patients from other countries feel comfortable along with helping them for better facilitation.  3hcare.in has been a front runner in providing Online Medical Opinion, Plan my surgery and second opinion with direct consultation from the best hospitals of your choice. This platform is a one-stop-shop for all the health needs of the patients.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Doctors to be Helped by Hospital Artificial Intelligence System Offering Better Diagnosis

Automation through AI has made the healthcare industry more efficient and sustainable. Not only it improves the recovery time with no post operative complications in patients but also eases off the work of a surgeon. AI always has been a boon to the surgeon that helps them with high precision and accuracy which helps in optimizing their performance in no time. The following are the few latest technologies that have proved to help the doctors -

3D Printing

Application of 3D printing has seen a swift rise in the field of medical interventions and diagnosis and the artificial intelligence is transforming the industry. The technology helps the surgeon to exactly figure out the anatomy of the organ making it easy for better diagnostics and understanding. 3D objects of any imaginable shape can be printed with very high precision that helps the doctors to analyse even the most complex anatomical models with ease.

Size of a heart valve varies from person to person which makes it difficult for a surgeon to identify the exact sizing. In case of pediatric cardiology, where complex heart diseases require accurate anatomical description for better interpretation and correct intervention. This technology helps in producing the exact replica of the heart which is the most complex part to observe otherwise.

Traditional methods may require re-intervention in some cases, where this model eliminates them and provides shorter cardiopulmonary bypass time, circulatory arrest time and fewer residual lesions. An operating room with such improvements transforms a quicker recovery and shorter post-operative stay. Apart from planning and carrying out complex interventions in congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, and surgical and catheter-based structural disease, this has numerous applications in various fields of medical science.

Usually this method is popular in planning of heart operation, spine and other orthopedic procedure. Any organ or tissue can be made in nearly any imaginable geometry through the translation of x-ray, MRI, or CT scans.

Neurosurgery – in case of cranial implants where the shapes are irregular and almost unimaginable, this model provides standardization. The plate needs to be fixed with perfection, and 3D printing makes it much easier to customize, fit and design.

Orthopaedics – in complex cases standard implants may not be sufficient and hence the ability to quickly produce custom implants and prostheses solves a clear and persistent problem in orthopaedics. Previous methods were time consuming and not so accurate where the implants needed to be modified to desired shape and size.

Tissues and organ - scarcity of organs for transplant is one of the major issues in India and with the advent of this technology, life lost waiting for organ can be eliminated. This would minimize the risk of tissue rejection, as well as the need to take lifelong immunosuppressants.

2. Robotic O-Arm

The O-Arm is a progressive and an innovative surgical imaging system to allow the surgeons to perform minimally invasive spine surgeries with greater precision, accuracy and most importantly safety. This resembles an imaging system that acts just like a GPS to help the surgeon guide his way during the surgery for accuracy and precision. ‘O’-Arm also known as 360 degree Robotic arm is the latest technological advancement which is revolutionizing in the field of neurosurgery.

The imaging system is linked to a computer navigation allowing the surgeons to visualize the complete spinal structure in real time. O – Arm is a boon for the surgeons to plan, implement and confirm the success of the surgery as soon as the patient even leaves the operating room.

The robotic system has the potential to eliminate tissue and muscle disruption, blood loss during the surgery and post operative deformities that makes it safer for the patients with better outcome and recovery.

Moreover the setup being completely mobile can be moved to any desired location within no time, making it useful for parallel interventions as well. A surgeon’s access to the patient is increased with optimal positioning and workflow.

Also the high power magnification helps in capturing the most complex anatomy of the spinal bones and nerves for better visualization and intervention which is essential for safe and effective performance of a surgeon.

3. CyberKnife

CyberKnife radiation surgery is the most advanced, non invasive radiation therapy available to treat non-cancerous as well as cancerous and other diseases with the help of precise beams of high-dose radiation. It is a no pain and a no risk day-care treatment wherein patients are discharged as soon as the session gets over and therefore, no hospitalisation is required. The treatment uses a sophisticated image guidance system to beam high doses of radiation directly to your tumor. It is most useful in cases which are hard to access especially in the brain or lungs.

M6 Cyberknife is highly precise equipment that not only diagnoses but also treats any kind of tumor in no time. It further prevents the cancerous cells from multiplying. In fact, the objective of radiation therapy is to destroy the harmful cells while minimizing damage to healthy cells.

CyberKnife is a non-invasive, real-time motion tracking technology for accurate delivery of high-dose radiation therapy. Instead of a bulky head frame, CyberKnife patients are provided with a soft, mesh mask during the treatment. Moreover, treatment with CyberKnife is flexible; imaging is performed few days in advance, thereby leaving the radiation oncologist with enough time to design and finalize a customized treatment plan.

4. Neuronavigation –GPS in Brain

Neuronavigation technology’ acts like a GPS inside the brain to locate tumor accurately. There is no need to shave the head bald and only a small incision need to be made to remove the tumor. Post surgical disfigurement is also avoided. It helps create an accurate image of the brain, in order to remove brain tumor and other abnormalities directly, safely, and effectively during the surgery. It reduces the need for the patient to undergo a second surgery and also reduces the risk of surgical complication. When this technology is used in combination with neuro-navigation system, that navigate the brain during the surgery, without damaging the vital areas of the brain. This technology is similar to GPS and tracks and shows the exact area of tumor that helps the surgeons to make the exact cut, and eliminating the need to completely shave the head.

Neuronavigation has become an omnipresent tool in the surgical management of brain tumors. These systems enable surgeons to visualize the anatomy of a patient’s brain during surgery and precisely track the location of their surgical instruments in relation to the anatomy – even accommodating for the brain shift that occurs during surgery. Using technologies during procedures like tumor resections, surgeons can navigate more precisely, perform less-invasive procedures, and help improve clinical outcomes.

Neuronavigation is recognized as the next evolutionary step of stereotactic surgery. In its infancy the purpose of this technology was to create a mathematical model describing a proposed coordinate system for the space within a closed structure, e.g., the skull. This "fiducial spatial coordinate system” uses fiducial markers as a reference to describe with high accuracy the position of specific structures within this arbitrarily defined space. The surgeon then refers to that data to target particular structures within the brain.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Career in Diagnostics is poised to become India’s most satisfactory jobs by 2020

Healthcare industry is one of India’s vastly expanding sectors in terms of economy, and anyone in pursuit of a fulfilling career has more than just a chance to establish themselves in it. The industry basically deals with hospitals, diagnostics, medical devices, and medical tourism. Though Indian healthcare is showing an exponential growth, the scope of development is yet to be explored.

Students at the doorstep of their career should be aware that how big and diverse this field will be by the end of 2020. And with more private players coming forward with better public – private partnerships, this field is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 25% during this 5 year tenure.

Many students are confused with what to opt for after completing their graduation- whether to go for low salary job or pursue further studies. Majority of them do their post graduation to get a decent job. Diagnostics is one such segment in the field of healthcare management that has brilliant prospects in job environment and a profitable career option.  Besides getting lucrative remunerations, this also helps to achieve the goal of service to mankind.

Healthcare operates in various segments of which the diagnostics segment is at a boom. Pathology, the type of diagnosis of human diseases by laboratory methods has open scope in areas either as a diagnostician, teacher or an investigator. Pathologists in clinical laboratories practice as consultant physicians, to analyse the laboratory reports for better diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

One of the most interesting and fascinating fields in this segment is genetic testing and research in molecular biology. With Unfolding opportunities in this field, career in genetic biomarkers are continuing to expand. A molecular biologist focuses on the genetic changes to assist in curing and slowing down of disease infestation. And screening in newborn is necessary as it helps in identifying genetic disorders and treats early in life.

Another field of diagnosis is radiology that deals with diagnosing and treating diseases with medical imaging techniques. With the increasing demand for radiologists in India, this field ensures a better career path and the occupation is expected to grow faster than any other. A radiology technician has an option to work as ultrasound technician, X-ray technician, MRI technician, CT technician and medical professional. With an immediate and sustainable demand for technologists in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, the field of radiography continue to show higher than average job growth into the future.

Job scenario for those planning to start their careers in radiology are expected to remain high, particularly for those interested in working for general medical and surgical hospitals. Radiation technicians can work in urgent care facilities, clinics, equipment sales, and private offices.

Radiologic technology is a fascinating subject to study which in addition to providing certificate to work in the state of residence, also prepares a career in healthcare industry that s challenging, important and gratifying. Being one of the heart warming jobs, position of a radiologist holds 15th rank among the best jobs in this industry and considered one of the smartest choices to opt for.

According to IBEF, the overall healthcare market is worth $ 100 billion and is expected to reach 280 billion by 2020. The Indian medical tourism will reach $ 10 billion with 2 times growth in health care IT market is expected by 2020. The data promises to provide a huge boost in generating employment opportunities in the upcoming years in the field of healthcare management.

With several big investments being made in this sector, the functioning of the industry has become more professional, organised and efficient. Besides the urgent need for trained doctors and nursing staff, efficient management is required in various measures of the field.

As far as job opportunities are concerned, diagnostic management professionals are required not only in hospitals and clinics, but also in healthcare NGOs, hospital consultancy companies and IT industry involved in developing software and imaging equipments. IT firms like Dell, Accenture, Delloite etc hire such professionals. In case of a fresher, who has no work experience, the industry hires them as technicians and with the training and experience gained they will reach the zenith within few years.

Looking for future experts, lack of talent is currently a drawback. The industry is growing at a swift rate, though the talent still is lagging. To nurture today’s talent for a long term with focus on quality, opens up scope for many. Being a young industry open in the market, the learning curve will definitely be sharp and the talent will be nurtured to withhold greater responsibilities at a younger age. The industry is trying to seek out people who have a high moral purpose, eager to learn and lead. This will create an impact in advancing in the healthcare world by providing promising opportunities that will reshape and redefine it.

With the growing science and technology, use of medical apps have been on a rise and made IT considerably more understanding. The role of a technician has undergone a major change over the past decade. Most modern hospitals and healthcare establishments’ are in requirement of experienced technicians and radio-interventionist equipped with multi-disciplinary skills.

The healthcare industry desires a skilled workforce of professionals involved in research, market shaping and development and most importantly customer centric roles. India is the potential place to attract healthcare industry with its highly skilled specialised workforce.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Busting Myths about Diagnostics

The kind of people I have come across, most of them have a perception that many problems or health issues are age related and there is no need to undergo any tests as of now. For instance, orthopedic problems are often understood as an old age problem, but with the kind of lifestyle we are living – sedentary lifestyle, long hours of sitting, poor diet, excessive stress, many people are diagnosed with cervical problems, lower back ache and other rheumatoid conditions. Such conditions among youngsters in the age group of 25-32 are on a rise with good percentage.

People in the age group of 25 + to 35 years have a common misconception that even diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol are not common in this age group. But upon conducting all the tests, all the levels were abnormal and are totally unacceptable by them at all. There are many things that may not show any symptoms while in early stages and if you go for a diagnosis only when the symptoms are prominent then the time wasted will prevent timely diagnosis in treatment. This is where preventive care is beneficial and everyone should go for frequent checkups as we do not know what our body behaves like. It is not mandatory that if you are lean, your cholesterol levels may be normal.

MYTH 1 - Blood tests are for unhealthy people and I don’t need them. They don’t mean anything and the levels are inaccurate.

Fact - There are many things that may not show any symptoms while in early stages and if you go for a diagnosis, only then the symptoms are prominent. Frequent checkups provide the body behaviour and a preventive care. Many people with such myth get flawed when they undergo blood tests. The results would indicate deficiency far outside the healthy range. Regarding the accuracy of the results, many believe that the results are not correct as they think nothing is wrong about their lifestyle or diet. But the fact is that these blood tests accurately shows clinical disease as well as indicates an idea of where your health is trending over the tested period.  Regular tests can be a very effective tool for monitoring health for preventive reasons.

Myth 2 – Many illness or conditions like diabetes, thyroid or cholesterol are for the elderly.

Fact - People in the age group of 25 + to 35 years have a common misconception that even diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol are not common in this age group. But upon conducting the tests, all the levels were abnormal. The results were totally unacceptable by them. With changes in the living habits like sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary intake, excess office stress etc, people have become less immune to diseases, irrespective of the age factor, even the younger generation has started acquiring such conditions.

Myth 3 – Do not eat sugar one night before the diabetes check up for normal results.

Fact - Diabetes is a gradually developing process and it has nothing to do with rise in blood sugar levels if you consume sweet before the test. The test results will only indicate high glucose levels in the blood if one is actually having any disturbances in the sugar levels. It should be noted that people with a family history of diabetes must have this checkup on regular basis, as the risk for getting the conditions are high.  When the condition is genetically passed on, then even if you don’t eat sweets can also have adverse effects on the blood sugar levels. Regular diabetic screening will only help in knowing the trend of the blood sugar levels, in order to keep a check for preventive care.

Myth 4 – Kids under the age have a good diet, no stress, no sedentary lifestyle so they cannot be deficient in Vitamin D.

Fact - Vitamin deficiency is one of the most common problems and is not age related. Over 80-90 % of the people are Vitamin D deficient that also include kids under the age of 5. One should understand that these problems may not be age related but can happen with anyone. We also tend to believe that by providing enough balanced diet like milk, curd, calcium and other related supplements and minerals etc., deficiency cannot happen. But we tend to forget the fact that vitamin D deficiency has very little to with dietary intake. Many factors influence its deficiency like living style, place you live at, the kind of atmosphere one is in etc. Similar is the case with kids under the age of 5 years, where the adulterated environment can cause such deficiencies. Thus it is equally essential to get the required tests at such tender age also.

Myth 5 – All diagnostic imaging methods involve radiation and x-rays especially are dangerous for pregnant women.

Fact – Though it is true that certain imaging methods like X-ray, CT scan, catheterization and mammography involves radiation, but other methods like Ultrasound and MRI scans are radiation free. In case of pregnant women, it is advisable not to undergo abdominal scan during the first trimester when the fetal organs are still developing as the radiations can be harmful. But in emergency conditions, scans can be performed by taking necessary precautions. The thing is that the abdomen should be completely protected with lead apron and chest X-rays can be done freely. Depending on the situation and symptoms, quality labs and practitioners will suggest the best possible ways of diagnosis.

Myth 6 - All Radiologic diagnostics are with radiations, and are dangerous for health.

Fact – Not all radiologic machines work upon the principle of radiations like MRI and Ultrasound. But due to the fact that they may be a bit time taking procedures in cases where instant diagnosis is required the speed of reaction is very less. Only in such cases other equipments like X-ray comes into picture. The physician obeys all the rules to ensure patient safety and avoid unnecessary scans or prefers radiation free scanning or with the least possible dose.  Getting radiologic diagnosis once in a while doesn’t affect any organ of the body.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

Advent of IT into healthcare

Healthcare industry is one of India’s vastly expanding sectors in terms of economy, and anyone in pursuit of a fulfilling career has more than just a chance to establish themselves in it. The industry basically deals with hospitals, diagnostics, medical devices, and medical tourism. Though Indian healthcare is showing an exponential growth, the scope of development is yet to be explored.

With the growing science and technology, use of medical apps have been on a rise and made IT considerably more understanding. Medical apps have become more customized providing a meaningful use of social media.

The increased use of 3D printing technology has also evolved in the recent years, providing the surgeons with a game changing technology in diagnostics and study the human anatomy. Printing blood vessels and heart tissues, studying cancer cells and replacing organs to name a few has already seen practical application in diagnosis and disease management.

The advents of smart watch, real time diagnosis in the operating room has helped the field with adherence control and inter disciplinary therapies. The technological advancement in the healthcare industry acts like an Artificial Intelligence in medical decision support, redesigning the hospital experience and poses like a virtual digital brain.

In the current situation, healthcare is predominantly driven by digital technology with most medical equipments running on digital platform. With more private players coming forward with better public – private partnerships, this field is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 25% during this 5 year tenure to become much more vast and diverse.

One of the most interesting and fascinating fields in this segment is genetic testing and research in molecular biology. With Unfolding opportunities in this field, genetic biomarkers are continuing to expand. A molecular biologist focuses on the genetic changes to assist in curing and slowing down of disease infestation. And screening in newborn is necessary as it helps in identifying genetic disorders and facilitating treatment early in life.

As far as job opportunities are concerned, diagnostic management professionals are required not only in hospitals and clinics, but also in healthcare NGOs, hospital consultancy companies and IT industry involved in developing software and imaging equipments. IT firms like Dell, Accenture, Delloite etc hire such professionals. In case of a fresher, who has no work experience, the industry hires them as technicians and with the training and experience gained they will reach the zenith within few years.

Many students are confused with what to opt for after completing their graduation- whether to go for low salary job or pursue further studies. Majority of them do their post graduation to get a decent job. Diagnostics is one such segment in the field of healthcare management that has brilliant prospects in job environment and a profitable career option.  Besides getting lucrative remunerations, this also helps to achieve the goal of service to mankind.

Healthcare operates in various segments of which the diagnostics segment is at a boom. Pathology, the type of diagnosis of human diseases by laboratory methods has open scope in areas either as a diagnostician, teacher or an investigator. Pathologists in clinical laboratories practice as consultant physicians, to analyse the laboratory reports for better diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

One of the most interesting and fascinating fields in this segment is genetic testing and research in molecular biology. With Unfolding opportunities in this field, career in genetic biomarkers are continuing to expand. A molecular biologist focuses on the genetic changes to assist in curing and slowing down of disease infestation. And screening in newborn is necessary as it helps in identifying genetic disorders and treats early in life.

Another field of diagnosis is radiology that deals with diagnosing and treating diseases with medical imaging techniques. With the increasing demand for radiologists in India, this field ensures a better career path and the occupation is expected to grow faster than any other. A radiology technician has an option to work as ultrasound technician, X-ray technician, MRI technician, CT technician and medical professional. With an immediate and sustainable demand for technologists in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, the field of radiography continue to show higher than average job growth into the future.

Job scenario for those planning to start their careers in radiology are expected to remain high, particularly for those interested in working for general medical and surgical hospitals. Radiation technicians can work in urgent care facilities, clinics, equipment sales, and private offices.

Radiologic technology is a fascinating subject to study which in addition to providing certificate to work in the state of residence, also prepares a career in healthcare industry that s challenging, important and gratifying. Being one of the heart warming jobs, position of a radiologist holds 15th rank among the best jobs in this industry and considered one of the smartest choices to opt for.

According to IBEF, the overall healthcare market is worth $ 100 billion and is expected to reach 280 billion by 2020. The Indian medical tourism will reach $ 10 billion with 2 times growth in health care IT market is expected by 2020. The data promises to provide a huge boost in generating employment opportunities in the upcoming years in the field of healthcare management.

With several big investments being made in this sector, the functioning of the industry has become more professional, organised and efficient. Besides the urgent need for trained doctors and nursing staff, efficient management is required in various measures of the field.

Looking for future experts, lack of talent is currently a drawback. The industry is growing at a swift rate, though the talent still is lagging. To nurture today’s talent for a long term with focus on quality, opens up scope for many. Being a young industry open in the market, the learning curve will definitely be sharp and the talent will be nurtured to withhold greater responsibilities at a younger age. The industry is trying to seek out people who have a high moral purpose, eager to learn and lead. This will create an impact in advancing in the healthcare world by providing promising opportunities that will reshape and redefine it.

With the growing science and technology, use of medical apps have been on a rise and made IT considerably more understanding. The role of a technician has undergone a major change over the past decade. Most modern hospitals and healthcare establishments’ are in requirement of experienced technicians and radio-interventionist equipped with multi-disciplinary skills.

The healthcare industry desires a skilled workforce of professionals involved in research, market shaping and development and most importantly customer centric roles. India is the potential place to attract healthcare industry with its highly skilled specialised workforce.

Written By: C.A. (Dr.) Ruchi Gupta

Founder and CEO (3hcare.in)

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