Updated on 30 November 2012
Another major challenge outlined by smart healthcare providers is lack of customer awareness. Companies inform that people still rely on traditional means of delivering healthcare and show resistance in adopting the newer techniques that are available now. However, this has been the norm since ages.
Dr Saleem, founder and CEO, XCode Life Sciences, says, "Change always faces resistance. A new technology brings about change in some if not all processes. Due to this, there is usually resistance in acceptance. However, good news is that eventually people do accept the change." Still, initiatives that improve awareness will bring speed to doption.
The trend of delivering healthcare through telemedicine is on the rise. However, poor infrastructure is a major limiting factor that is keeping companies as well patients from reaping benefits. Lack of internet penetration, stable power supply, and trained personnel all add up to hindrances in delivering healthcare solutions to those living in the rural areas of the countries in Asia.
This scenario is gradually changing with cloud-based and mobile-based solutions helping the solution providers expand their reach in the remote areas as well. The initiatives are in place but still there is a long way to go.