The Future of Health : The Impact and Adoption of Medical Technology within the Indian Healthcare System
Jamaluddin, Aliyah Zainab
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The Indian healthcare system presents a spectrum of contrasting landscapes. At one end of the spectrum are well-developed structures delivering advanced medical care through privatized health. At the other end are the outposts where State sponsored facilities attempt to live up to their identity as patient care centers. The inadequacy of resources in government-run medical care infrastructures has shifted the demand towards private concerns, with one of the largest being the MedTech industry. Technology in the last two decades has revolutionized the way healthcare is delivered worldwide. It has aided patients and providers alike by enhancing the quality of delivery, reducing turnaround time of workflows and bringing higher accountability into the healthcare system. It has also created a new set of accessibility challenges where profitability is prioritized over equity as a result of the market-oriented approach to addressing health disparities. This study focuses on the adoption and impact of medical devices in addressing hurdles in patient care, through conducting patient surveys and interviews with MedTech innovators. This paper uses relevant theory rooted in biopolitics and governmentality to further understand the underpinnings of the success of commodified healthcare solutions within a neoliberal context.