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Startups that make healthcare more affordable, accessible will succeed: Ex-US health official

Many Indian digital healthcare startups are focussed on accessibility and affordability, said David Shulkin, former US secretary of veterans affairs, who currently advises Indegene on using digital tools to help life sciences companies.

October 26, 2022 / 11:11 AM IST

Given the Indian government’s push on using technology in healthcare, this may be an opportune time for India and the US to come closer together, former US secretary of veterans affairs David Shulkin has said.

The Covid-19 pandemic changed healthcare in the US and around the world and has accelerated digital transformation, Shulkin told Moneycontrol. He was on a week-long visit to India recently, a year after joining Indegene, a Bengaluru-based digital-first, life sciences commercialisation company.

“Virtual care and using data to collect information on patients became a necessity in the pandemic, when people were not able to come into the hospital and do things the old way,” he said.

Shulkin said there may be more such changes globally in the next three years, adding that this has allowed the governments of both India and the US to announce major initiatives and change healthcare.