Survey highlights role of AI to bridge India 's healthcare gaps

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According to data from the Philips-commissioned study, 36% of the healthcare professionals who were part of the study believe AI health tracker wearables or apps on smartphones are the best way to improve healthcare. Philips has has recently launched its first edition of Future Health Index (FHI) for India and has come out with many findings about India’s healthcare system. The data focuses on the crucial role of technologies and access to healthcare services. 

What ails India's public healthcare?

India is among the countries spending lowest on public health globally. With 1.4 percent spending of gross domestic product on healthcare, India continues to deal with a shortage of healthcare professionals, hospitals, hospital beds and even access to medicines. As per Economic Survey 2016-17, expenditure by Government (Central and State Governments combined) on health as percentage of GDP  in past three years increased from 1.1 to 1.4 per cent.

 
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Of policy aspirations and implementation

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