Cutting-edge technology companies can help close the gap in healthcare worker availability

The second destructive wave of COVID-19 in India has highlighted the shortage of healthcare workers. Paramedics form the backbone of the healthcare workforce, comprising over 70%. In 2019, the shortage of paramedics was estimated at around 6M +. The shortage of paramedics remains a critical challenge for India. Additionally, although Indian doctors have made their mark in the world, a large portion of today’s paramedics still lack formal training or government certification.

To make the problem even worse, today’s paramedics are concentrated in urban areas, leaving rural areas with a shortage of quality care. Partnering between traditional colleges and advanced technology training providers providing paramedical training is a quick and efficient way to bridge this critical gap between supply and demand. This will help India to increase its overall training capacity while meeting quality standards in both rural and urban areas.

Ed-tech training providers can redefine the way paramedic training is delivered. There is a need to move from traditional “supply-driven” training to “industry demand-driven” training. Traditional health care training providers often rely on outdated manuals and unnecessary course content. However, the need of the hour is precise and focused course content that will help you be successful in your job. This content must continue to evolve to ensure that it captures the latest clinical practices and technologies.

Ed-tech healthcare companies understand the importance of providing industry demand driven training. For example, industry players have started to develop content for their courses with physicians and academics incorporating ideas from hospital partners and OEMs. Additionally, they also optimize online learning to ensure student outcomes are maximized by digitizing content into various formats and automating real-time assessments as well as gamification of learning modules.

With the explosion of ed-tech, learning has now become varied as different players use different educational modules to teach students. One player can use one app to deliver one-to-one live lessons, while another can provide a virtual classroom-like setup through a website. The shift from offline to online learning must be rapid and must recognize the importance of integrating hands-on learning. Students are expected to complete internships and other on-the-job training experiences in hospitals, even if the course is delivered online.

This will be the key to improving student outcomes. The ability to move from classroom instruction to online learning is critical and not only important for times of lockdown, but also for expanding reach to small towns and even rural areas.

The writer is founder and CEO of Virohan