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Invest in preventive care, technological innovations and promote alternative medicine: Apollo Hospitals' Sangita Reddy
Healthcare industry needs a major paradigm shift in its thought process and to recognize that every precious and priceless life needs to be protected, Sangita Reddy, Joint MD of Apollo Hospitals Group, said this.
She said that it was imperative to invest in preventive care in India as most of the diseases that have a cure are detected very late depriving the patient of a treatment. Hence, mass screening must be carried out in order to identify diseases such as cancer and diabetes at an early stage to allow a comprehensive treatment.

Speaking about the medical technology innovations at 'FICCI HEAL 2015', the annual flagship healthcare conference of industry body FICCI on the theme, 'India's Healthcare: Time for Paradigm Shift', Reddy said that it rests on four pillars - funding, talent, supportive and indigenous. There is a need to embed digitalisation in healthcare environment and create a healthcare digital dividend.

She, according to a release by industry body FICCI, added that tele-medicine, tele-ICU and tele-radiology could go a long way in remote care and this could be achieved with the help of technology.

Concurring with the views of Sangita Reddy, Nandakumar Jairam, Chair, FICCI Health Servicesand Chairman & Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals India, said that there was a need for collaborative effort in the sector, which could a long way in improving the healthcare scenario in the country.

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