Hospital Information System’s and Picture Archiving and Communication System’s (PACS) have witnessed major advancements in recent years owing to the rapid development of the healthcare IT market. In this interview, Tarit Mukhopadhyay tells us what makes Siemens a leading player in the medical technology market, discusses the ongoing trends and gives us an insight into the future of healthcare technology.
Q. In recent years, there has been a consistent growth trend in the demand for IT solutions in the Indian healthcare market. What is the current market share for Siemens Medical Solutions in this region and what are your future strategies to make this region your stronghold?
A. There has definitely been double digit growth in the healthcare IT business in the recent past, however, the addressable market is still limited (when compared with modalities). It is only the green-field hospitals who are going for IT solutions right from inception. We are experiencing resistance by the established/traditional hospitals, since the cost of conversion from analog to digital hospital sometimes is not perceived by management as a priority.
Siemens Medical Solutions started focusing very strongly on developing a robust IT backbone, which will have far reaching positive effects on the growth of a patient