How I wish I was a doctor, specifically a expert virologist, maybe a Nurse!

I am a 58 year old Edutech Entrepreneur, and have invested into a few technology based business, and also in the Education Sector.

I originally educated to become an Instrumentation Engineer, and later specialized in Electrical Engineering.

Now being the founder, CEO and Managing Director of the businesses that I have promoted, I have also invested in start-ups and early-age companies. Mostly Technology, and devices related.

As CEO of the EDTech Business, and other allied businesses too, I and all my team members at different locations have been “working from Home”. That’s fine.

With the wide-spread, highly infectious pandemic around the world, India has been one of the mostly impacted Nations – recording steep increase in infections.

Our health care systems, health workers, like frontline doctors, Nurses and Paramedics are stressed to the maximum, and fighting with inadequate resources: Oxygen, Medicines, Beds, Oxygenated beds, Ventilators, and more than everything else, steep inadequacy of health workers.

People tend to Panic, when they test COVID positive. In case they cannot self-quarantine at home, the family tries to get a Hospital bed, oxygenated bed, and preferably a step down ICU with ventilator, in case required.

Many more situations that develop around us as hours go by. Many in family, and friends get infected too!.

When myself or my family members got infected, and I am also Quarantined, I have wished I had become a doctor, and may be I should have had my daughter and Son-in-law be Doctors. We all happen to be computer engineers.

Given the uncertainties around COVID, now and many other family heath situations in the past, I have always regretted the following:

  1. I should have become a Doctor, established a well-equipped hospital with multiple specialities.
  2. I should have ensured that my family members, my wife, my children are also doctors, to help and assist me running the hospital and also in growing. I still have an Entrepreneur Mindset.
  3. With all Paramedics, Technicians, supported by a training centre to continuously provide the talented and skilled individuals

I have this felt this strongly over the last few years, when dear family members and friends are unwell. My times we are at the mercy of the hospitals, waiting times, and multiple visits, chasing one specialist to another. And now with the COVID Pandemic’s second wave, double-mutant wave, third wave etc. There is enough anxiety in the families.

There is the uncertainty and the anxiety of What do we do next.

During this time most Hospitals and Doctors are under severe stress. The amount of time that they can give you or your loved ones is limited. Many times I am scared to call our doctors for advise, as they are themselves under a lot of pressure.

Ideal, is you are a family of Doctors, and just the knowledge that you can access them anytime, and additionally, if you have your own health care facility, even get tests and investigations on priority. Well, how nice will it be!

I understand that these take a lot of time, effort, planning, resourcing execution, operations excellence and many other things any typical organization also requires.

The frustration of a common man, and even business man like me is evident. I am frustrated too.

In our country when health systems are not managed properly, the medicines supply chain system is inadequate, the deliverance system is gasping for breath, I agonise, a lot.

How I wish, I had become a doctor, a family of doctors, a reasonably big hospital, with full self-sufficiency, planning in advance, and face the challenges and diminish them.

An Entrepreneur is the one who is capable doing all this. I am an Entrepreneur, and I wondered why I did not do this?

An Entrepreneur, by nature, wants prompt and quick action, quick results and outcomes. Keep people waiting to a minimal. Make it easy for doctors to spend quality time with patients and their family. Counsel patients instead of creating fear or anxiety in them.

I am 58 years old and I have sufficient experience of building a business. If given an opportunity, I would not mind studying medicine, or train as a Technician or Paramedic – of course improbable – But just to do some short term training programs to know how it feels.

But I will be able to put together a plan, Infrastructure, Talented Managers from Hospital Sector, Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics etc.

A small-to-medium one, so that it can be tightly and nicely managed, response times are higher. Use Technology to the maximum.

We should get rid of the problems of:

  1. Fear of doctors, and hospitals by creating friendly neighbourhood wellness centres
  2. No long waiting times to see a doctor or a nursing assistant.
  3. Self-sufficient in all respects for a certain capacity of patients, in the neighbourhood
  4. No need to grow beyond a capacity, but serve with perfection
  5. Integrate Natural healing methods, Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda – provide options.

If like minded people can get-together, with clear arrangements, I am optimistic we can provide better care.

I honestly would like to give it a chance. we should put together a good team to start.

My main Focus is in growing Excelsoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd., to greater heights. However, In the current situation of the Pandemic, It is rather difficult to ignore the need and an opportunity to design and establish neighbourhood wellness centres.

About the author

D Sudhanva is the founder and CEO at Excelsoft Technologies, a globally renowned eLearning Solutions Company. With a focus on transforming education across the world, Sudhanva has steered Excelsoft to be a thought leader in Education Technology with robust products delivering innovative solutions.

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