Need to leverage online education technologies in healthcare industry: Gerald Jaideep

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Gerald Jaideep, CEO

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Gerald Jaideep, CEO, Medvarsity Online, has said that there is a need for leveraging online education technologies in the healthcare industry.

Lauding the government for the rise of healthcare expenditure by over 40% in 2017-2018 from 26% in 2013-2014, Jaideep said that while the efforts of the government are really admirable, one of the major gap areas that have resurfaced prominently due to the pandemic is the continuous education and training of the healthcare workforce.

“Access to quality educational material and avenues of learning are few and remote for the majority of healthcare professionals in the country,” he added.

“This gap can be filled by leveraging online education technologies specially designed for the healthcare industry,” Jaideep said.

He pointed out that while the government has launched the National Digital Health Mission, it would be a boost to entire healthcare ecosystem if healthcare ed-tech segment gets integrated with the mission.

“Furthermore, the sector hopes that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will make focused budgetary allocation for the healthcare ed-tech industry or incentivise the sector through innovative fiscal policies,” Jaideep added.

“We also hope that the government would create an across the board collaboration opportunity for healthcare and Ed-Tech partners to create rich course curricula and learning material for healthcare professionals while incentivising them to pursue the programs,” he explained.

Jaideep emphasized that healthcare has been a priority area for the government. This is evident from the fact that Government health expenditure rose by over 40% in 2017-2018 from 26% in 2013-2014.

He said that furthermore, the government has launched several mega-health initiatives in recent years which have reaped dividends on the ground.

“Despite the unprecedented pandemic impact, the government’s commitment remains undeterred which is visible in India’s vaccination drive that has covered over 64% of adult population,” he added.


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