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HealthTech’s Crucial Role in Combating COVID-19 in India
By Apoorva Komarraju  |  Nov 26, 2021
HealthTech’s Crucial Role in Combating COVID-19 in India
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India has struggled to contain two waves of the COVID-19 virus, but, as the nation braces itself for a third wave, the healthtech industry has stepped in to help create a healthcare awareness program to defeat the pandemic.

TELANGANA - Rising numbers of COVID-19 in central and South India1 and the nightmares from the pandemic’s second wave have made it abundantly clear that the world’s second-most- populous country would be a shambles if it had no proper healthcare system in place. This not only applies to post-pandemic coronavirus, because India has dealt with both the Nipah virus2 and dengue in the past, and once again the healthtech industry quickly stepped in to help patients and provide some relief. 

April 2021 saw many frightening media headlines across urban and rural India. The lack of available beds in hospitals, dearth of oxygen cylinders, shortage of medicines and vaccinations, were just a few of the horrors the country encountered. This put the state of India’s healthcare industry under the spotlight for a bizarre reason. The recovery rate of COVID-19 was 98.8 percent3 against the death rate. The lack of healthcare infrastructure, which led to a shortage of basic hospital facilities and accounted for more deaths than pandemic fatalities, hit India the hardest.

As the South Asian nation awaits an expected third wave of the pandemic, the healthtech industry is confident it can help its citizens. From blockchain technology to artificial intelligence (AI), native tech startups have taken the onus on themselves to create healthcare awareness. 

The first stage of the healthtech boom was the government-sponsored Aarogya Setu which, with all its mechanisms, helped detect symptomatic and asymptomatic cases to facilitate the right quarantine protocols and break the transmission chain. 

This encouraged several companies to leverage technology in a more refined way, using existing data, analytics, and AI solutions,

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