Diagnostics is the backbone of the detection, diagnosis and evaluation of any disease and also the backbone of the healthcare industry. More than 70% of medical decisions regarding the treatment, management and prevention of disease are based on diagnoses. They are a crucial tool in preventative health care as discussed and stated by industry thought leaders at the 4th Elets Diagnostics Leaders Summit.
In an attempt to decipher the futuristic diagnostics industry, over 62 speakers shared their insights and insights during 11 interactive sessions and across 4 industry presentations at the fourth edition of the Diagnostic Leadership Summit. The 4th edition was organized after the success of the first three editions of the Elets Diagnostics Leadership Summit, which brought together more than 1500 delegates, more than 120 speakers and 30 stimulating sessions and round tables.
Industry experts and thought leaders shared their opinions on topics such as “Improving customer experience with connected data”, “Are humans and machines at war?” ‘Infectious Disease Pandemic – A Growing Threat to Humanity’, ‘How Digitalization Can Optimize Inventory and Supply Chain Management to Reduce Costs in the Diagnostics Industry’, ‘Leveraging Clinical LCMS for Advanced Diagnostics’, ‘Synergizing Laboratory Automation for Efficient Diagnostic Operations’, ‘Pandemic-Inducing Laboratory Accreditation for Improved Diagnosis’, ‘Pandemic-Inducing Laboratory Accreditation for Improved Diagnosis’, ‘Digitalization is accelerating the pace of innovation in the futuristic diagnostics industry,” “Diagnostics Roadmap 2022: The CEO’s View,” and “The Future of Supply Chain Digitization in the Diagnostics Industry.
Dr. Simi Bhatia, Director of Goregaon Reference Laboratory, Technical Director of South, West, Central and International Laboratories, SRL Diagnostics, said automation makes patients comfortable and less anxious. They can book the preferred test time and some labs also share the phlebotomist who will come with their contact number. Patients can track their samples and know when the report will be ready. They are fully aware and it reduces their anxiety. Dr Dinkar Desai, President of Association of Pathologists and Association of Practicing Pathologists – India – said, “ICMR has enabled NABL accredited laboratories to participate in carrying out RT-PCR testing for COVID , as cases were rising rapidly. This has contributed to better management of the pandemic.
Dr Maithili Kavathekar, Director of Laboratory Services at Sahyadri Specialty Hospital, said: “Molecular methods have brought a different dimension to microbiology laboratories. These help identify antimicrobial resistance and have rapid testing and improved quality. Dr. Aruna Poojary, Head of Pathology and Microbiology at Breach Candy Hospital, shared that there is a need for some sort of refresher training program for people in microbiology and pharmacology. Additionally, we need to use more microbiology labs for surveillance to improve the quality of reporting.
Dr. Shahzad Mirza, Associate Professor (Microbiology), Hospital Infection Control Officer, Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pune communicated that the main key research areas would be to optimize the use of antimicrobial vaccines . Second, we need to develop new drugs. Also, we don’t have an ambassador for RAM, why shouldn’t we work on that. Anindya Chowdhury, COO, Aster Labs, India & GCC said that it might not be survival of the fittest but survival of the broadest, meaning the diagnostic centers that have the widest reach for reaching patients and clinicians will be extremely important moving forward. Patients are used to the convenience factor, and labs that can cater to that will thrive.
During a discussion on the “2022 Diagnostics Roadmap: CEO Perspective,” Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr. Dangs Lab, shared, “Diagnosis needs to be democratized with digitization and efficient delivery to go forward with our combined goal of giving our best to patients. Dr. Sanjay Arora, CEO and Founder of Suburban Diagnostics, said the focus on the diagnostics industry over the past two years is unprecedented. “The agility that NABL has shown in bringing accreditation remotely to any lab that wants to get into covid testing is a great learning for all of us. If this is a possibility during covid where we have been pushed to the wall, how can we set the standard of operations for every lab today? This will cause a change in the right direction. If all accreditation criteria are adopted by every laboratory for all the right reasons, not as a hindrance but rather as an enabler, this will overall raise testing standards across the industry.
Dr. Pankaj Shah, CEO of Aspira Diagnostics, said: “Patient expectations are now coming more from pathologists. They want faster TAT, digitization and a growing preference for home visits. When we started in the 80s, digitization was never on our mind. But because of Covid, everyone has gone digital. I learned how to leverage AI to better integrate and analyze healthcare. Covid has made people more health conscious and also made us understand how to sharpen our knowledge. Sharing his perspective during the discussion, Mohit Lalchandani, Director and CEO, Dr Lalchandani Labs, said, “It takes a lot of effort to bring about change, but the pandemic has helped all organizations to change. things. This resulted in a lot of volume in each lab, labor was reduced, and technology was a necessity at that time. After the pandemic, the importance of insurance has also increased and pushed forward the need to have it.
The session on “Digitalization is accelerating the pace of innovation in the futuristic diagnostics industry” saw Amit Aggarwal, Chief Procurement Officer, Spice Healthcare Pvt. Ltd stating, “The IoT connects multiple devices in different labs, generates data and also improves the quality of analysis, further reforming healthcare.” Dr Rahul Bhargava, Hematologist – Senior Director, Fortis Healthcare said, “India is beyond metropolitan cities and there are vast hinterlands devoid of pathologists. Digitization allowed us to digitize a large number of slides and give accurate results for the right diagnosis. Digitization contributes to making accessibility to patients. It’s here to tell. Dr. Namita Jaggi, Chair of Laboratories and Head of Infection Control Education and Research, Artemis Hospital, said: “AMR is a multifactorial problem and therefore the solution must be multifaceted.