Advances in science and technology in health care involves team work among clinicians, non-clinicians and allied health professionals. India is fast emerging on a global medical tourism hub with international patient base growing in double digits every year. This rising trend has resulted in an increase in investment by health care providers installing best in class equipment upgrading medical technology and quality accreditation.
In the current scenario physicians depend on sophisticated machinery and technology, to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis. The success of the procedures and safety of patients depends largely on the reliability, smooth and trouble free performance of these equipment’s and ability of skilled manpower to operate the same. Thus, there is increased need for qualified and trained professionals in the system.
Allied healthcare professionals (AHPs) who can handle these equipment form an indispensable team members for successful management of patients.
In order to ensure global acceptability of the graduates, the current curriculum structure is divided into smaller sections with focus on hours of studying that are converted into credit hours as per the international norms followed by various other countries.
A competency-based program focuses on blend of skills and knowledge based on the needs of the community. The main competencies that have been identified as essential in an allied health care professional are clinical knowledge, patient care and communication approaches, which is then developed to teach relevant content across a range of courses and settings.
With an increase in the incidence of diabetes related to life style modifications, patient population requiring dialysis has increased exponentially. Dialysis treatment has been viewed as a life-sustaining therapy that aims to extend survival and improve the quality of life. To cater to this increased demand, dialysis centres have been established at various health care delivery levels. There is an acute shortage of well-trained competent therapy technologist who can maintain and operate the machines and educate the patients. Dialysis therapy technologists play a major role in patient education and patient compliance with the necessary clinical skills and technical knowledge to perform dialysis successfully.