Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Preeti Malhotra, President, Gujarmal Modi Hospital and Research Center and Saket Mediciti, in Saket to know more about the need and role of preventive healthcare today.
Preventive Health care Industry
You know talking of Preventive Health care today, I think it’s importance cannot be undermined. In yesteryears, the whole focus used to be on communicable diseases. But today, I think, thanks to lifestyle factors and our sedentary lifestyle. The whole focus has shifted on preventive healthcare. The industry is growing. Globally it’s about a four hundred-billion-dollar industry. And India, today it is a fifty-billion-dollar industry going to about hundred and five billion in the near future. As I mentioned, our sedentary lifestyle is causing this problem. And today you see patients suffering from diabetes, cardio-metabolic diseases, obesity, Alzheimer’s, even Cancer in fact. This five percent may be genetic but it has triggered due to lifestyle factors. Children today live indoors, they are looking at the screens all the time. They are not playing outdoors. Fitness is not the focus. And this is what has triggered the whole thing. And today, you find even patients going to hospitals only when they fall sick. Whereas, in preventive healthcare and wellness obviously if you follow the right lifestyle, right nutrition, you take care your right diets, supplementation, you would not fall sick. So, there would be no requirement to go to hospital at all.
Preventive Health care Industry
There are multiple challenges that you face today in the healthcare industry with again everybody focusing on curative healthcare rather than preventive health care. So, whether you see the patient to go to the hospital when they had fallen sick. You know they don’t tend to ask the doctors that what, before they fall sick they never go to the doctor and ask, “what can I do to not make this happen?”.
As far as the doctors are concerned, naturally when patients come in they have to medicate them. At times, patients get very dependent on these medications. As far as the government is concerned, you know again their focus is obviously on the hospitals, again focusing on curative healthcare, focusing on screening. But again, that whole awareness of preventive healthcare is not happening on all fronts.
One very interesting thing I noticed when I had gone to Vegas in a conference, you know big corporations like IBM and others who are creating artificial doctors. I think artificial intelligence is going to play a big role in getting a disruption in the entire preventive healthcare industry. You’ll have your own personalised doctors, who you’ll be able to ask questions and they’ll give you the answers. Rather than just Googling and getting wrong answers you’ll have these doctors who’ll be specialised, who have the world of information with them. They’ll have all your data with them and diagnostics with them and they’ll be able to give you information which will help you remain healthy all the time.
Smart Metabolic Anti- Aging Centre
Concept and Idea
So, while you have super specialty hospitals that are booming across the capital and India and the globe but the focus on preventive healthcare has still not happened. As I had mentioned earlier and our whole purpose for starting this center was, that we must have a first of its kind metabolic wellness center which focuses on your internal well- being on making you happy internally or, in making your gut happy and consequently your mind happy. We started this center about three-four months back and it’s really picked up , the whole concept is picked up very well.
People coming here are extremely happy and bring back all their relatives and friends because I think the awareness was not there and now, as we are meeting them, the awareness is spreading and they’re all coming back. We have the state of art diagnostics here, which tells the doctors the status of your health whether it’s the Oligoscan which tells what minerals, metals exist in your body. Your heart scans are taken. There are other scanners which are again non-invasive, so very friendly to the patient and they tell the doctor what you could be predisposed to in future, so that the doctor can take preventive action and help, cure what you could possibly contract in the future.
They reverse diabetes here. They completely reverse your cardio-metabolic diseases. They focus on fat loss because obviously, obesity is a cause of various problems. So, fat loss is a very big focus area for the doctors here. They focus on inflammation control in your body, hormonal balancing. As you age,
hormonal balancing becomes a big problem both for men and women. And that’s something they specialize in. They focus on your diet, your supplementation, your nutrition. And this is all for your internal well- being and then of course we have dermatologist, cosmetologist who focus on your
external well- being. They have the best of lasers, the best of PRPs, the best of, you know, all dermatology equipment to make you beautiful from the outside. And then we have a pharmacy which you know has all kinds of advance supplementation to make you healthy all the time.
At the metabolic center, it’s a three-step process. You know, the doctors first diagnose you and then they mentor you. Obviously, mentoring plays a very important role, specially in preventive healthcare and then on a regular basis they monitor you. The lifestyle coaches are in constant touch with you to ensure that your diet and supplementation and nutrition that you take are adequate and keep you healthy all the time. We have a complete fitness center here. In fact, we have a fitness expert, who focuses on your posture correction, she focuses on pain management, she focuses on rehabilitation for patients who have had grievous injuries. She completely turns them around within a period of one or two weeks.