The public health management system focuses on healthy practices at the community level; it raises people’s awareness of chronic and communicable diseases and educates them on healthy living. A good public health management system has the ability to monitor the state of health and the environment to identify and resolve community health issues. Essentially, there are three aspects — assessment and evaluation, policy development, and assurance. The system trained a workforce to diagnose and investigate environmental health issues and risks within a community.
Public policy experts work closely with policy makers to enforce laws and regulations that help protect against health risks and keep the community safe. The policy should act as a catalyst to connect people to the environmental health services required by establishing a competent health workforce, ensuring a regular supply of vaccines, preventive medicines and, finally, by seeking new innovative solutions to the risks for public health.
The pandemic has exacerbated public health risks and posed unprecedented challenges to the public health management system in India. We have all heard of the severe shortage of hospital beds, poor infrastructure and facilities, shortage of life-saving medicines and oxygen supplies. The industry faces insufficient capacity, supply shortages, poor healthcare design and financial shortfalls in many local government institutions.
This COVID-19 will stay and many other unknown viruses, fungi and other diseases will visit us more frequently. Therefore, there is a need for the public health management system to educate professionals on developmental communication. This will help students use traditional and social media to slow the spread of disease.
A conventional conception of public health care management currently does not cover courses on supply chain management, which not only promotes the flow of public goods for the treatment of patients, but helps to collect bidirectional information in real time within the system. Ultimately, this helps to narrow the gap between demand and supply, leading to a reduction in mass anxiety about the lack of beds, oxygen, and vaccines. A good public health management course should teach students about technology-based supply chain management systems that can help with supply and demand forecasting, the smooth physical distribution of public goods essentials and reducing the whiplash effect we have experienced due to the sudden increase in covid19 cases. The program should be based on emerging networked models of global problem solving and governance. The public health management system is rapidly adopting blockchain technology.
The lack of professional manpower to communicate with the masses, to serve hospitalized patients and to manage medical treatment has forced us to use alternative automation tools like robotics to serve infected patients. Courses based on advanced technology in Internet of Things, Robotics and Quantum Computing should be taught so that students are able to better manage patient care and process huge amounts of data on patients in real time through the application of vital statistics and health analytics. A good public health management program should also increase virology; students should know how the genomic code of a virus originates, mutates, spreads and affects patients.
The author is Director, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Hyderabad