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Johns Hopkins University, USA in cooperation with IIHMR University, Jaipur commences 3rd batch of Master of Public Health (MPH)
February 2015: IIHMR University, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA offers a degree in Master of Public Health (MPH). Known as the Mecca of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University’s tie-up with an Indian University has been done for the first time ever in India. IIHMR University commenced inviting applications, for its third batch of MPH Programme from 1st February, 2015.
Dr. SD Gupta, President, IIHMR University said, “Public Health has changed dramatically in the last century. There is a dire necessity to build public health capacities in developing countries, especially in the low and middle income countries. We have limited capacities and skills in public health, also, we hardly find a high quality public health programme that is designed to encourage and respond to the health problems in low and middle income countries. Hence, it is time to re-examine our curriculums to ensure we are delivering education, research, practices and experience that is vibrant, viable, relevant and realistic. This is primarily the reason and what we aim to provide with our collaborative programme of Master of Public Health with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.”
Dr. Gupta added, “What is even more striking is that, the programme’s fee is one third of what a student would be shelling from his pocket when he opts for any other education programme in the USA. The course fee is of USD 22,000. The course work is elaborate, allowing our students to not only experience a 2 week training programme at the Johns Hopkins University Campus, but, gives them a unique opportunity to acquire Public health skills and management skills through our MPH programme. All students admitted to this course will be provided an international travel and stay scholarship. The Master of Public Health degree program is designed to preparing professionals for challenging careers in public health management in the public & private sectors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) & national and multinational organizations. The pedagogy in each course is selected judiciously; with an emphasis on involving the students in learning and helping them to relate concepts and theories of core public health and management.”
Out of total 80 credits, 30 credits are taught by John Hopkins University (JHU) faculty and the remaining 50 credits are taught by IIHMR faculty. The collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and IIHMR will enable the students to benefit from Johns Hopkins’ track record of excellence in teaching public health and IIHMR’s expertise in health management.
Students who wish to opt for the MPH programme should begin by contacting the MPH coordinator at the IIHMR University campus through emails on mph.iihmr.edu.in. The applicants should send their CVs and prescreening questionnaire (to be downloaded from IIHMR website) to email@example.com for the first screening at IIHMR. The shortlisted candidates at this stage would be contacted via emails by IIHMR and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH) for submission of the electronic application on JHSPH. The applicants should complete the electronic application form on the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH) Portal and pay the application fees of 45$ for submission of the electronic form on JHSPH admission portal. The admission portal will close on June 15, 2015.
Carestream Health India Sells 100th Vita Flex CR System within two months of its launch
Mumbai, March 20, 2015 – Carestream Health India has sold its 100th Vita Flex CR System, which was launched in January, 2015. Carestream Health’s engineers used innovative design methods and components for the Vita Flex CR platform, which combines high image quality with reliability, a compact footprint and an affordable price tag.
“Sales have exceeded our expectations and our company has boosted production capacities to keep pace with the increasing demand. Our customers appreciate the improved performance and image quality offered by this tabletop CR system. Easy installation and reduced service cost add to customers' delight,” said Mr. Sushant Kinra, Managing Director, Carestream Health India.
The company’s Vita Flex CR system is being used by independent imaging centers, clinics, multi-physician offices, hospitals and orthopedic facilities who want an affordable, compact CR system that is also easy to use. “These facilities want to implement digital imaging technology and many are choosing the Vita CR platform to make that conversion,” Mr. Kinra added.
The Vita Flex CR system weighs just 25 kgs and is smaller and lighter than many other tabletop CR solutions. It is flexible enough to be operated vertically as well as horizontally, and can process CR cassettes sitting on the floor, a tabletop or desktop or even from the back of a van.
The compact nature and simplicity of use of the machine is what appeals to Dr. Abhijit Agashe an Orthopedic surgeon from Agashe Clinic, Pune, one of the users of Vita Flex CR System. “VITA Flex CR system is suitable for both centralized and decentralized workflow environments and can be used right in the exam room,” said Dr. Agashe.
The capability to increase quickly and cost-efficiently patient-handling throughput was the decisive factor for Dr. Saji Varghese, Director - Mangalam Diagnostic Center, Kottayam Kerala, another user of Vita Flex CR. “We chose Vita Flex CR system because it provides fast and easy access to quality images allowing us to manage increase in patient throughput. It’s small footprint made it best for diagnostic imaging functions at point of patient care,” he commented.
Worldwide, Carestream Health has been serving the diverse digital imaging needs of healthcare providers by offering a comprehensive portfolio of CR and DR solutions, along with healthcare IT solutions.
MiraCradle™ Neonate Cooler
Over the last couple of decades, infant and child mortality rate has been declining but there has been a growing concern that the rate of decline is not fast enough to achieve the Millennium Development Goal-4 by 2015. In the last decade, significant investments have been made to improve healthcare that are likely to have an additional impact on the rate of impact. According to a latest World Bank Data, neonatal mortality rate in India is 29 per 1000 live birth. Around 4 million infants die in the first 28 days of life out of the estimated 130 million born each year worldwide and more than one-quarter occur in the first 24 hours.
Birth asphyxia is also the second largest cause of deaths among infants in the first month of birth and accounts for 10% of overall infant’s deaths under the age of 5 and approximately 20% neonatal deaths.Therapeutic hypothermia has proven to be the only medical intervention beneficial for perinatal asphyxia; however, the standard cooling equipment’s available in the market are very expensive and cannot be afforded by most hospitals (Rs. 10-15 lacs).Several low cost methods have been tried, most popular being the use of ice packs to cool the baby and the disadvantage is that it needs to be changed quite often; leading to high amount of manual supervision. Additionally, the very low surface temperature (0⁰ C), induce a lot of shivering and an increased risk of subcutaneous fat necrosis. According to the WHO global health survey in 2012, approximately 683,000 infant deaths were caused by birth asphyxia. Over 95% of these infants deaths were reported in developing countries including Africa, Indian Sub-continent and South East Asia.
Winners of the CII innovation award 2014 in the Manufacturing sector; Pluss Polymers has introduced an innovative product called MiraCradle™ - Neonate Cooler: a low cost passive cooling device developed in collaboration with Christian Medical College, Vellore for treating newborn babies suffering from birth asphyxia. MiraCradle™ uses the advanced savE® phase change material (PCM) technology to help maintain the body temperature of neonates between 33-34⁰C for a period of 72 hours. The product is easy to use, safe, lightweight, and portable and gives the precise temperature control with minimal manual supervision and no requirement of constant electricity supply.MiraCradle™ has been used at 17 hospitals across 10 states in India and has been used to treat over 75 babies in India.
Highlighting the innovation, Dr. Sanjay Wazir, Chief-Neonatal Medicine, The Cradle, Gurgaon said, “Asphyxia results in approximately quarter of the neonatal deaths and is a huge burden on neonatal morbidity and neurodevelopmental sequale. Hypothermia is the only proven intervention to improve the neurodevelopmental outcomes but because of the high cost of the currently available machines it is not available to most babies in the developing world. MiraCradle™ is a significant low cost innovation to help such babies in this part of the world.”
Mr. Samit Jain, Managing Director, Pluss Polymers said , “ We have made investment in setting up a dedicated R&D facility which continuously focuses on creating products which are innovative and cost effective like MiraCradle™. The CII award is the validation of our continuous work in this field”.
East & North East hospitals get together towards a journey for quality improvement in healthcare services
Integra Ventures, a Guwahati based Healthcare Consulting firm with the support of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) organized a Healthcare conference in Guwahati on Saturday the 15thNovember 2014. The theme of the conference was on “Quality – A tool to Enhance & Sustain Patient Experience”. For the first time hospital owners and top management of healthcare facilities along with few Health officials from across the North East and East India came together to deliberate and discuss the importance and need for standardisation and quality assurance in healthcare sector.
The day started off with a lamp lighting ceremony and keynote addresses by Mr Manish Thakur (Secy. & Commissioner, Department Of Health & Family Welfare, Assam), Dr K K Kalra-CEO NABH), Dr N N Dutta (CMD – Down Town Hospital, Guwahati) and Dr R K Sarma – Director, SIHFW, Assam. Mr Thakur stressed on the fact that quality in healthcare needs to be seen in the public sector too and the public and private sector need to work together towards this. A brief on the history of NABH and the importance of quality assurance in healthcare services was provided by Dr Kalra followed by a glimpse of the journey Downtown Hospital took towards NABH accreditation. Dr R K Sarma gave an insight on quality in healthcare services and what it really means for hospitals.
The first session kicked off with Dr Kalra and Ms Deepti Mohan – Deputy Director, NABH giving an overview of quality in healthcare, the implications of not ensuring the same and a brief on the roadmap healthcare facilities would need to go through towards quality accreditation or accreditation by NABH. A brief was given on the new entry level certifications that NABH has come up with to encourage more Hospitals to take a step towards Quality assurance. They have stressed that NABH is meant for all types of Healthcare facilities and should not be misunderstood as it is meant for only big Hospitals in metro cities. The benefits of accreditation and the importance of communication and training both during the preparatory phase and after the accreditation were stressed upon.
Dr Shibaji Facility Director of Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Guwahati gave the audience an understanding of the relationship between quality accreditation and finance. Some of the quantitative benefits he highlighted were that as insurance penetration rises, most insurance companies will prefer patients using services of an accredited hospital and CGHS guarantees a 15% higher payment to those hospitals which are accredited. He also explained that a hospital that strives for quality has lesser adverse events and sentinel events, lesser rate of hospital acquired infection therefore reducing the average length of stay (ALOS) of patients. In his experience Dr Shibaji said a hospital with an ALOS of about 3.5 days usually has a 12 to 13% higher revenue as compared with one that has a longer ALOS.
Quality through the design of the hospital is what Col (Dr) R N Basu– Principal Advisor, Medica Synergie, Kolkata enlightened the audience with. Dr Basu brought in facts on how design of a nursing station itself can have a huge impact on quality of care and therefore patient satisfaction. A few pointers were given on how evidenced based hospital design can contribute towards quality assurance. While Dr Basu talked about the building infrastructures contribution to quality assurance, Dr Bora CMD – GNRC Hospitals, Guwahatibrought everyone back to the very heart of healthcare services provision. Four important things hospitals and specially doctors and other healthcare professionals need to start with which he stressed are a heart to serve patients, a desire to create smiling employees, provision of adequate infrastructure and a complete no to unethical practices.
The post lunch session started with a presentation by Mr Debashish Das – Consultant, HVAC on importance of Ventilation & air conditioning in a hospital and its impact on quality assurance. Mr Das gave a glimpse on how air conditioning can be a mode to control hospital acquired infection while at the same time can itself be the cause of infections if not used correctly. The air conditioning needs of each area of the hospital was explained and how sterility levels are controlled through the proper control of humidity, pressure and temperature.
Flooring of the hospital has a huge contribution to patient well-being as highlighted by Mr Vaibhav Bhandari, of Armstrong Industries. Some of the points to consider while choosing flooring of a hospital are its anti-bacterial/microbial properties, soothing aesthetic, resistance against stains, cost effective, slip resistant, easy to maintain and environmentally safe. Vinyl sheets seem to be the best choice at present for hospitals as it covers all the points above.
The most awaited panel discussionon “Overcoming challenges in managing mid-sized Hospitals” had representations from different states of North East. The panel discussion left the audience with interesting thoughts to ponder upon at the close of the day. Dr Surajit Baruah, MHA - AIIMS started off the discussion with the issue of scarcity of manpower the problem at large and how hospitals were coping was the question he threw to the panel. Dr Ashok Khandelwal – Medical Director, Anandoloke Hospital, Siliguri said the new hospitals coming up are further aggravating the scarcity and people are running off to bigger cities in lieu of a better future. Dr Pramod Sharma CMD - Pratiksha Hospital, Guwahati stressed that North-east India seriously lacks qualified and trained manpower and thereshould be emphasis on provisioning of quality educational services through a better control on the Educational institutes. He feels the quality of manpower being produced from the Educational institutions has a direct impact on the quality of healthcare services being delivered. Dr Sharma said a secured job for the employee is a guarantee for insecurity to the employer. Dr Werlok Kharshiing – CMD, Woodland Hospital, Shillong shared his experience wherein he found that the unqualified people they have trained in the hospital often are much better than the qualified ones which indirectly points out at the Quality of Education in our region. He also pointed out that one of the big problems is the lack of super-specialist as evident from the 64 vacant post at NEIGRIHMS out of 100 sanctioned. Dr Victo Wotsa CMD - Nikos Hospital, Dimapur was optimistic that 10 to 15 years down the line there will be super-specialist coming back to the North East after having been educated outside evident from the fact that people from here are now more ambitious. The problem of poaching then may come down. Dr Jeet Patwari Project in-charge – Nemcare Hospital, Guwahati talked about how hospitals in the region compromise on quality from inception as qualified and experienced hospital planners, healthcare engineers and architects are not available. He commented on how an organization like Integra ventures with an integrated team of such professionals can play a big role towards quality assurance of hospitals from inception. Discussions on the difficulty of medical equipment procurement and maintenance also took place wherein again the non-availability of qualified and trained manpower for installation and maintenance was cited as a big issue in North-east India. Suggestions were made on how hospitals in the North East can get together towards group purchasing and centralized maintenance so that the benefits from it can be percolated down to the patients through reduced pricing of services.
Sphere Conferences opens 2nd annual Patient Care Asia 2014
Singapore, 10 November 2014 - Sphere Conferences, the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), today opened the 2nd annual healthcare conference Patient Care Asia 2014. The event is held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 10 to 12 November 2014.
The 2nd annual conference, which will be attended by over 100 international senior healthcare professionals, is the platform for healthcare professionals to gather, network and exchange ideas on strategies, latest initiatives and best case practices across Asia. It aims to propel the quality of patient care to new heights.
The key issues discussed at the conference included:
One of the highlights of Patient Care Asia 2014 is the pre-conference workshop led by Mr. Randall Carter, Senior Vice President of Planetree, a global leader in patient-centered care solutions and committee member of US national healthcare policy advisors. The workshop aims to deepen the attendees’ understanding of patient-centered care and incorporate learnings about patient-centered practices into their daily work.
Preventive health has been widely encouraged through various screening and wellness programme as well as awareness campaigns.
Dr. Carol Tan, Chairman, The Good Life Co-operative, Singapore, said: “The healthcare industry has been primarily focused on illness and not health. Fortunately, there is a growing interest in preventive care. Governments, employers and individuals facing escalating healthcare costs are "investing" in prevention to manage costs and ensure sustainability. Implicit in prevention is the change in relationship between the patient and the healthcare provider. The patient is no longer the passive recipient of an intervention but rather needs to be an active partner. Putting the patient at the centre also means taking into consideration other factors. Affordability of healthcare to patients is a key area of concern. The issue of profit and profiteering in healthcare and equity needs to be considered by providers.”
The importance of the new dimension of quality care is made evident by the participation of the region’s healthcare institutions and stakeholders like Assisi Hospice, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Mount Alvernia Hospital, National Healthcare Group, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Singapore General Hospital, Tabor Village, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and TMMC Healthcare.
Several key industry experts and renowned leaders from local and overseas healthcare institutions spoke and shared their insights at the event:
Dr. Eric Ng Woon-Leung, Director of United Ambulatory Care Centre, United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong, said: “I looked forward to the Patient Care Asia 2014 conference. Last year's inaugural meeting was a resounding success. It gathered visionary leaders in the region to share best practices on patient care management and healthcare delivery. Importantly, the size and arrangement of the conference promoted intimate and in-depth interactions among speakers and participants. I am happy to have established a number of fruitful collaborations on an international level after the meeting."
Ms. Patricia Cheong, General Manager of Sphere Conferences, said: “Population aging is occurring rapidly across Asia. The Singapore Government has rolled out the Pioneer Generation Package which focuses on healthcare benefits to the older Singaporeans. The need to improve elder care and geriatric care has taken on a new urgency especially with the growing aging population in Singapore. With engaging panel discussions and successful case studies including aging-in-place programs from Hong Kong, Patient Care Asia 2014 provides an excellent platform for healthcare service leaders to learn from others’ best practices and collaborate in achieving quality patient-centered care.”
For a list of speakers and agenda for the event, visit www.patientcareasia.com.
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Carestream Announces New Ceiling-Mounted Tube Option For DRX-Ascend Imaging System
DRX-Ascend Offers Cost-Effective, Fully Featured X-ray Imaging for Hospitals, Imaging Centers, Orthopaedic Practices and Urgent Care Clinics
Mumbai, India, September, 2014 — Carestream has added a ceiling-mounted tube option for its DRX-Ascend System to provide versatile positioning for a variety of imaging exams. The DRX-Ascend System also offers a floor-mounted tube stand, wall stand and a choice of an elevating float-top table or non-elevating table. The new ceiling-mounted tube option is currently available for order and begins shippingin August.
“The DRX-Ascend delivers cost-effective, fully featured imaging thatallowshospitals, imaging centers, orthopaedic practices and urgent care clinics to select a configuration that satisfies their imaging workflow and budget,” said Heidi McIntosh, Global Marketing Manager for X-ray Solutions.“DRX-Ascend users and other healthcare providers are interested in a ceiling-mounted tube because it can deliver flexible patient positioning that helps technologists perform imaging exams in less time, which can lead to greater productivity.”
The DRX-Ascend System can be configured with DRX-1and DRX-1C detectors. Both detectors fit into the standard Bucky used in X-ray wall stands and tables. In addition, Carestream’s small-format 25 x 30 cm detector, the DRX 2530C, can be used for orthopaedic and tabletop exams.Customers can also opt to install a fixed 43 x 43 cm detector for the wall stand.
Carestream’s multi-color touch panel screen mounted at the tubestand gives technologists remote generator control, displays image previews and allows review of previous images for the current patient. The DRX-Ascendsystem offers several detector holders to help technologists perform cross-table lateral exams as well as other specialty views. Facilities can use a single DRX detector with the system or opt for two or more detectors to maximize productivity and efficiency.
The DRX-Ascend offers users the benefits of Carestream’s advanced image processing software and a consistent user interface across Carestream’s computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems facilitates a smooth transition from CR to DR technology.
Carestream’s DRX family of systems offers fully featured mobile X-ray imaging systems and DR rooms, and equips healthcare providers convert existing X-ray rooms and portable systems from CR to DR using DRX detectors. The company’s X-Factorflexibility allows any DRX detector to be used with any DRX system.
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Columbia Asia Announces $150M Expansion of its Southeast Asia and India Hospital Network
Source : Columbia Asia Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:30 AM IST (6:00AM GMT)
Columbia Asia Announces $150M Expansion of its Southeast Asia and India Hospital Network Bangalore, Karnataka, India and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Columbia Asia, one of the largest hospital systems in Southeast Asia and India, today announced plans to invest another $150 million to expand its network to 34 hospitals and one clinic by 2018.
The company currently has more than 8,000 employees serving more than 2 million patients a year in 26 hospitals and one clinic in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Columbia Asia opened four new hospitals just in the last few months – in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, in the Indonesian city of Semarang and in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, India.
In the next four years, the company will open eight more hospitals: three in Malaysia, three in India and two in Indonesia.
Columbia Asia’s strategy is to create clusters of hospitals in large urban areas. This allows the group to achieve operational and brand leverage across the market in each large city. Around the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, for example, the company currently has five hospitals, a sixth to open in 2016 and a seventh to open in 2017.
To manage the growth of Columbia Asia, John Northen was recently hired to serve as CEO of the 4-country hospital network. Northen comes to Columbia Asia with several decades of experience in the hospitality industry, including six years as Vice President for Marriott International in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
“Since opening our first hospital in 1994, Columbia Asia has grown to become one of the most trusted names in healthcare across Asia,” said Northen, CEO of the Columbia Asia Group of Companies. “No other healthcare provider in Asia has hospitals in as many countries operating under a single brand. Our goal is to continue to ensure all patients leave our hospitals cared for medically as well as feeling satisfied, respected and comforted.”
Northen’s hospitality background gives him the needed skills to run the expanding hospital network with a focus on putting patients at the center of the experience, something the hotel industry has traditionally done very well.
The Columbia Asia hospital system, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, was created two decades ago with an innovative business model focused on modern, efficient and affordable multispecialty hospitals located close to where patients live and work.
Columbia Asia’s parent company, Columbia Pacific Management, has unprecedented experience in delivering healthcare to Asia and the United States. Besides Columbia Asia, the company has three senior living facilities in China through its China senior care affiliate, Cascade Healthcare.
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FICCI Heal 2014 Inaugurated with the Theme “Innovation Enabling Access”
Source : Apollo Hospitals Wednesday, September 3, 2014 11:08 AM IST (5:38AM GMT)
FICCI Heal 2014 Inaugurated with the Theme “Innovation Enabling Access”FICCI to set up IISH – Kosh (Indian Industry in Solidarity for Health - Kosh), a virtual pool of CSR funds to be channelize into priority areas in healthcare identified by the government to ensure ‘National Health Assurance’ New Delhi, Delhi, India
Apollo Hospitals, the pioneer of integrated healthcare delivery in India, along with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) inaugurated an annual healthcare conference FICCI Heal 2014 (http://www.ficci-heal.com/), with the theme “Innovation Enabling Access”. The conference was held on 1st – 2nd September 2014 and focused on various opportunities and challenges to promote innovation which can change the current paradigms and move towards better, efficient and cheaper methods for accessible, affordable and quality healthcare in India.
Elaborating on the conference theme, Ms. Sangita Reddy, Chairperson, FICCI Health Services Committee & Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group,says, “Across industries, disruptive innovations have brought forth greater efficiencies, efficacy, economy and higher quality. The healthcare sector too needs to nurture such innovations as they are the need of the hour. Our nation like most other across the world is standing at the precipice of crisis created by the burden of disease and woefully inadequate healthcare infrastructure. Over the last four years, FICCI has been making sincere efforts to encourage health innovators offering solutions to deliver care more effectively while improving access and quality from the grassroots level.”
Dr. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI while supporting the central theme of the conference announced “We propose to create a virtual pooling of industry CSR funds by creating IISH (Indian Industry in Solidarity for Health) Kosh to channelize funds into priority area in healthcare identified by the government. FICCI Health Services Committee is keen to work with the Health Ministry to develop a directory of healthcare activities based on the priorities of the government so that the CSR funds are channelized in the right direction to support National Health Assurance mandate of the government”.
In his Keynote Address, Mr Sunil Wadhwani, Founding Donor, Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health shared that we should develop a national ecosystem for healthcare innovation, and create a computerised knowledge hub. He further shared that out of the total innovations in the country; we should select the best 300 to 400 innovations and raise 200 million dollars to promote them.
In her Keynote Address Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director- SEARO, WHO emphasised the need of prevention rather than cure. She shared that in India there are two types of needs in healthcare sector, Basic needs and Health innovation. She further shared the three areas in which India needs innovation, which are innovation in R&D, Health innovation, i.e. technical & devices and Household innovation.
Expressing his views, on the Medical Technology sector, Dr GSK Velu, Co-Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee, and Founder & MD, Trivitron Group of Companies shared in his concluding remarks that the Medical Technology segment needs more focus and attention in India due to very high import dependency and lack of large scale domestic manufacturing initiatives due to several challenges faced by local producers. Keeping in line with our new government's vision to make India Self Reliant with local manufacturing initiatives, FICCI has partnered with E&Y to bring this comprehensive knowledge paper to showcase the challenges faced by this Industry and FICCI will be happy to work with Govt of India to create ecosystem for making Medical Technology Segment Self Reliant by facilitating continuous interactions with various stakeholders in this Industry."
FICCI also released two Knowledge Papers on ‘Healthcare Innovations and Domestic Manufacturing’ and ‘Medical Value Travel in India’.
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Rockland Shares its Innovative Healthcare Model for the Fight Against Cancer
Source : Rockland Hospitals Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:30 AM IST (5:00AM GMT)
“A cancer patient in India has to travel long distances for treatment. The expenses on cancer create a huge debt burden on the patients and by the time they reach a tertiary care hospital, in many cases, it is already too late. We can work together to reduce the cost of cancer care through preventive programmes, early diagnosis and save precious lives” said Rajesh Srivastava, Chairman, Rockland Hospitals. He was speaking on “Creating Healthcare Access for Cancer Treatment: Sharing Japanese Solutions”,during a two days seminar titled FICCI- Heal-2014 on 1 & 2 Sept in Delhi.
Yasunori Tokiyoshi, Director, Japan Research Institute (JRI), while introducing Rajesh Srivastava said “he has been leading to create a quality standard that suits Indian conditions. Rockland was judged among the 5 best hospitals in India by a government sponsored study by the India Today Magazine among the doctors. Also, he has successfully promoted multinational collaboration in recent years; several MOU’s have been signed with global leading healthcare players who are interested in the Rockland Model of setting cancer centres at Manesar and other sites.”
The Rockland Hospitals Group has created a healthcare delivery model which connects public with the healthcare information & services through a network of clinics, nursing homes, small hospitals and tertiary care hospitals. The network will enable patients to be screened in remote areas and diagnosed at distantly located centres of excellence through an IT interface. This will ensure early detection without having to travel long distances. Early detection and right diagnosis will bring down the cost of treatment in cancer which needs to be the area of primary focus for all the stakeholders who need to come together in the fight against cancer.
The Rockland model focuses on ensuring that the patient gets the right information on where to go for diagnosis andthen referred for treatment to the primary, secondary or tertiary care facility based on evidencebased referral system. The network will be leveraged to educate the public on preventive care, insurance plans, government schemes and cost of treatment.
“India & Japan have a big opportunity of working together in the area of healthcare. Japan has achieved its goal of longevity and healthy life for all its citizens. This knowledge and technology will benefit India as well as the rest of the world. Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, has already extended an open invitation to COME MAKE IN INDIA. India will give Japan a huge consuming population, excellent human resources and a low cost base for manufacturing and exporting healthcare solutions to the world”, said Rajesh Srivastava, Chairman Rockland Hospitals.
India is already the second most preferred destination for medical travellers to Asia. It’s capabilities in healthcare and information technologies are globally acknowledged. Indian doctors are respected around the world and the Indian nurses are in demand world-wide for their capabilities. India’s huge resources in healthcare as well as a young work force will provide Japan with excellent human resources in providing healthcare solutions to India and the rest of the world.
We need to identify and fill in the gaps by strengthening what is already available in terms of resources and then build on it. The challenge is in providing solutions that will suit the Indian conditions and this is precisely what the Rockland Healthcare Delivery Mechanism provides. The Rockland Model is focused on leveraging the current available resources by supporting the doctors in the clinics & smaller facilities by forming partnerships with leading equipment manufacturers and by leveraging Rockland’s 10 years of R & D based knowledge of managing technology, costs and quality.
Rockland’s relationship with Japan goes back to 2012 when it started an interaction with Hitachi by signing an MOU for Japanese Style Health Checkup Protocols & Brain Scan for Cancer in Manesar. In 2013, a 30 strong Japanese delegation visited Rockland Manesar Hospital to explore collaboration possibilities with Rockland. The delegation included Dr. Shuzo Yamamoto, honorary chairman of Japan Hospital Association and top management representatives from well-known medical equipment companies like the Hitachi Ltd, Konica Minolta, Shimadzu Corporation, Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Tanita, Olympus Medical Systems Corporation and METI.
This was followed by an invitation to the Rockland team for visiting Japan to interact with the leading healthcare providers and cancer centres in Japan. In the last two years there have been several visits by the leadership teams from Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (JFCR), Japan Research Institute (JRI) & Hitachi for conducting feasibility studies in India. Rockland facilitated the ground level interaction with several clinical leaders which included AIIMS faculty members also. The findings have encouraged Hitachi to set up a Cancer Centre at Manesar and a Cancer Centre with training facility at Noida under a joint venture with equity participation.
Naotoshi Nishida, VP, Hitachi India said that “this (collaboration with Rockland) is unique for Hitachi. We find that simple equipment supply has lots of drawbacks… Always the purchaser will hit the head and reduce the price but if we can stand together with the hospital maybe we can have a small share in the benefits. And also more important part standing in the frontline facing the doctors and the patients we come to know of the required specifications.”
Speaking about collaborations outside of Japan Mr. Takahiro Ota Executive Director, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (JFCR) said, “Our foreign relationships are with a University in Beijing and Massachussets General Hospital and of course we include Rockland Hospitals in India”.
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P.D. Hinduja Hospital Adjudged as “Best Multi-Specialty Hospital of the Year” at e-Health Maharashtra Awards 2014
Source : P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research CentreTuesday,
July 15, 2014 6:21PM IST (12:51PM GMT) P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, established in 1951 ,a leading tertiary care hospital in India, has been adjudged as the ‘Best Multi Specialty Hospital of The year’ at the e-Health Maharashtra Healthcare Leadership Awards & Summit held on July 11, 2014. At a glittering ceremony held at The Courtyard Marriott, Pune, Mrs. Meeta Rajivlochan, Secretary, Department of Public Health, Govt. of Maharashtra presented the award. Mr. Joy Chakraborty, COO, P.D.Hinduja Hospital received the award on behalf of the Hospital.
Mr. Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital said, “We feel proud to be adjudged as the best multispecialty hospital and to have received this prestigious award. It was our Founder, Sri P.D.Hinduja’s vision to build a world-class, affordable hospital to provide Quality Healthcare for all at par with international standards. The dream was then later carried forward to reality by Late Smt. Lalita G. Hinduja, Sri P.D.Hinduja’s eldest daughter-in-law, who spent 30 years nurturing this vision. She created a culture of compassion and care amongst the employees, weaving them into a family. Mr. Khanna added, “It is the patient centricity and parivaar values at the Hospital which make employees go beyond the call of duty to deliver high quality, affordable, personalized care to all patients.”
Mr. Joy Chakraborty, COO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital on receiving the award said, "We are extremely delighted to have received this award. The recognition is a result of the commitment of every individual working with the hospital in giving the best patient care. This award will be a great motivation for the staff at the hospital.” He attributed the achievement to the strong sense of purpose laid by the Founder of the Hospital, Sri Parmanand Hinduja, to serve the community.
The hospital had won the e-Maharashtra award for the ‘Best ICT enabled hospital’ in 2013. The current award in 2014 is another stepping stone in the relentless pursuit of excellence for the Hospital.
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M.S. Ramaiah & ConvaTec join hands to launch Advanced Wound Care Clinic
India, 09th June, 2014: 15% of India’s total diabetic population develops Foot Ulcers resulting in approximately 45000 lower limb amputations annually. India has earned the reputation of being theDiabetes Capital of the World owing to which foot diseases are rapidly rising and pose a serious threat to individuals suffering from Diabetes. Keeping this grave concern in mind, ConvaTec a leading US based multinational company, offering innovative medical technology products in Advance Wound Management, Ostomy Care and Critical & Continence Care ,recently announced the launch of‘Advanced Wound Clinic’ in association with M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, MSR Nagar, Bengaluru.
The Clinic has state-of-art technologies essential for prevention and healing of chronic foot ulcers, with facilities for assessing peripheral circulation and predicting wound healing.
Talking about the wound clinic, Mr. Naresh Shetty, President of M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, said “Our initiative with ConvaTec would be one of a kind venture that would create a specialty clinic focusing on Wound Management in the country. This synergy will initiate new benchmarks and best technological and medical trends in our country.”
Speaking at the occasion Mr. Anand Shirur, Managing Director, ConvaTec India & China said “Through the ‘Advanced Wound Clinic’ we aim to bring the best facilities and wound management technology to patients. I am quite certain that it would change the way foot ulcers are perceived and treated in India.”
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Anand Shirur further elaborated “An upsurge in incidences of limb associated complications necessitates the requirement for wound management and centers. This initiative will enable us to expand footprint for the benefit of the people across the country and fulfill the tenets of care required for foot diseases”. The clinic is a ray of hope for patients suffering from foot and limb associated diseases. Amputations and complications are preventable, provided appropriate diagnosis and management is done at the right stage and with the launch of this clinic we aim to educate the patients and reduce these complications.
The Centre’s Wound Management Plan includes a standardized record of clinical assessment and etiology of the wound. The model of care would be to apply a stepwise approach implementing Advanced Wound Management modalities as a part of the wound care algorithm. All aspects of care from initial presentation to treatment and evaluation would be documented. Following assessment, treatment goals would be agreed with the patient and a time frame for their achievement set. Underlying factors which could influence the potential for wound healing would be addressed thus ensuring holistic and all round care as well as treatment.
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Dr. B R Shetty Honoured with Frost & Sullivan - Lifetime Achievement Award for the Year 2013
Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:22 PM IST (8:52AM GMT)
Dr. B R Shetty Honoured with Frost & Sullivan - Lifetime Achievement Award for the Year 2013 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. B R Shetty is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi-based NMC Healthcare and Managing Director & CEO of UAE Exchange. He was recently presented with the Frost & Sullivan - Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year 2013 by Y.S. Shashidhar, Managing Director - Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Frost & Sullivan and Sandeep Sinha, Vice President - Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Healthcare & Life Sciences at Frost & Sullivan.
Speaking about the Award, Dr. B R Shetty said, “I feel honoured to have been conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award. I want to thank Frost & Sullivan for their encouragement and appreciation. Awards such as these are always a source of motivation to dream bigger and achieve higher. They act as the fuel that drives my passion towards serving the society through my professional ventures and personal pursuits.”
Frost & Sullivan Awards are presented to companies and individuals who have pushed the boundaries of excellence in the industry - rising above the competition and demonstrating outstanding contribution to industry and economic growth. Through this award, Dr. Shetty was recognised for playing a pivotal role in development and strengthening of the healthcare sector in the UAE and for his exemplary leadership qualities and involvement in philanthropic activities. Dr. Shetty’s journey is an inspiration to many and exemplifies the power of the human will.
Presenting the Award to Dr. Shetty, Y.S. Shashidhar, Managing Director - Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Frost & Sullivan, said, “Dr. Shetty’s contribution to the healthcare sector in the UAE is exemplary. Achieving one’s ambition through path-breaking innovation, ability to turn challenges into opportunities and strategic thought leadership to ensure sustainable growth are skills which the Lifetime Achievement Award recognises. We are therefore, proud to present this Award to Dr. Shetty for the phenomenal impact he has made through hard work and perseverance.”
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Perfint Healthcare Secures USFDA Clearance for MAXIO
Perfint Healthcare Secures USFDA Clearance for MAXIO Targets Rs 100 Crore in revenue
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and Redmond, United States
Perfint Healthcare, a world leader in planning and targeting solutions for image guided interventional procedures in Oncology and Paincare, today announced that the company received the 510(K) clearance from the USFDA for commercial marketing of its MAXIO in the United States.
Commenting on the FDA 510(K) clearance, Mr. Nandakumar S, Chief Executive Officer, Perfint Healthcare said, “This is a significant milestone in the history of the company. We would like to dedicate this important achievement to the millions fighting Cancer and Pain. Our products, MAXIO and ROBIO, were used to perform over 2000 patient procedures around the world in the last year. This has been possible due to our focus on patient centricity and clinical excellence.”
He added, “The support from the Department of Biotechnology Government of India was timely and helped us reduce cost of R&D. I would like to congratulate my team and thank our clinical advisors for their significant contribution in this milestone achievement.”
Mr. Guruswamy K, Director-Sales, Perfint Healthcare further added, “We have been working with some of the best physicians in the USA over the last several years during the development and validation phases of MAXIO. Studies have been performed at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. Obtaining the 510(K) clearance allows us to start commercial marketing of MAXIO in the USA. It also makes it easier to scale up in several other markets globally. We are hoping to achieve Rs 100 Crore in revenue this year.”
Commenting on this important achievement, Mr. Mohan Kumar, Director on board of Perfint and Partner, Norwest Venture Partners said “In 2012, about 2.5 Million patients were diagnosed with Liver and Lung Cancer. That number is only growing. Many of them are also inoperable. MAXIO has been proven to be very useful in providing tumor ablation therapy for such patients. Perfint with its established user base in Europe and Asia, now with the USFDA clearance, is uniquely positioned in the minimally invasive cancer care space”. Perfint is an outstanding example of Bio-Medical engineering that combines Robotics, Imaging software and Medical sciences, They are a terrific team.”
Commenting on other recent achievements and plans Mr. Nandakumar S added “We were recently awarded 3 patents by the US Patent office for our technologies. We also obtained the China FDA clearance recently. We hope to ramp in the USA and China in the coming quarters. We are raising additional equity capital to fund our next product roadmap and growth in global markets. Some of that funds will also be used for international acquisitions. We hope to achieve Rs 500 Cr in revenue in the next few years.”
Perfint’s flagship product, MAXIO is an image-guided, physician-controlled stereotactic CT accessory which helps physician see, plan, treat and verify during CT guided procedures like Tumor Ablation or Paincare.
Perfint has successfully raised $32.7MM through 4 rounds of venture funding with prominent investors such as IDG Ventures, Accel India Ventures, and Norwest Venture Partners participating. The company has a strong presence in India, APAC, Middle East, Europe & Australia among others and now eying lucrative markets like China and USA to further expand its global presence.
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Carestream's Newest Image Acquisition/Mini-PACS Software Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Viewing on iPad Mobile Devices
New Tablet Viewer Option Can Help Enhance Patient Care at Urgent Care Facilities, Imaging Centers and Physicians’ Offices
Mumbai, India, May, 2014 — Carestream’s newest version of Image Suite Software has received FDA 510(k) Clearance for a Tablet Viewer option that allows viewing of X-ray imaging studies on the iPad 2. This capability is now available in many countries around the world. Users of Carestream’s latest version of Image Suite Software can add the Tablet Viewer Option, while users of previous generations of Image Suite software can upgrade to the newest software to gain access to the Tablet Viewer and other advanced features.
Image Suite delivers a flexible image acquisition, processing and storage platform that supports Carestream’s wireless DRX-1 systems as well as CR imaging systems and an optional mini-PACS. Image Suite offers Web-based patient scheduling, image review and reporting and flexible archiving solutions. This versatile offering is ideal for urgent care facilities, imaging centers and physicians’ offices.
“With the Tablet Viewer, consultations can be more personal since patients will be able to see evidence of their disease or condition on X-ray images as a physician is explaining diagnosis and treatment options,” said Heidi McIntosh, Carestream’s Global Marketing Manager for X-ray Solutions.
Physicians can also view patient images from home or any remote location on their iPad 2 mobile devices by logging into their mini-PACS system.
Image Suite Delivers Advanced Reading and Reporting Tools
Carestream’s optional mini-PACS also delivers advanced reading and reporting tools and supports a wide variety of specialty measurement tools including Lippman-Cobb angle, goniometry and coxometry. The software also supports transfer of images to OrthoView™ software for pre-operative orthopaedic planning and templating.
Image Suite systems provide DICOM storage for MR, CT and ultrasound exams and allows users to create, edit and view reports. Users can output imaging exams to CD/DVDs, DICOM printers and other PACS systems.
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72% Indians Depend on Medical Devices to Improve Quality Of Life Reveals Survey
Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:14PM IST (12:44PM GMT)
72% Indians Depend on Medical Devices to Improve Quality Of Life Reveals Survey New Delhi, Delhi, India
A new report by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) demonstrates the lack of awareness among consumers about medical devices.
The findings of a survey of 1300 Indians from across 17 states conducted by AdvaMed – an association of medical device manufacturers leading the effort to provide medical technology to the world – reveals that although an overwhelming 72% of respondents use medical devices, 89% say that they do not know enough about them.
“Our survey suggests that people in India don’t know enough about medical devices but want to know more. It is quite astounding that 60% of respondents think that medical devices are the same as pharmaceuticals,” Sanjay Banerjee, the Managing Director of Zimmer India,, and Chair of the AdvaMed India Working Group, said.
Interestingly, the survey also finds that although India is a price-conscious market, quality is an important consideration among the country’s growing middle class. It showed 75% of respondents believe that the quality of the medical device is important because the safety of the patient is paramount.
According to 72% of respondents using a high-quality device would help them avoid the costs of repeated hospitalization. Responding to this finding, AdvaMed Vice President, US-based Abby Pratt, said: “Unlike in the case of many other products in India where people unequivocally choose the cheapest option, this survey suggests that when it comes to advanced medical devices, quality becomes important because of its correlation to safety. It is noteworthy that 80% of respondents see a correlation between brand name and quality.
However, despite the prevalence of medical devices that the survey suggests, at a macro level, the industry constitutes only 5% of India’s US$ 60 billion healthcare industry. There is a major gap between medical devices currently used and what is required to address public health needs.
For example, in the case of diabetes, it is estimated that 93.75% of the Indian diabetic population remains undiagnosed or untreated. The situation is similar for other diseases: heart disease, cancer, glaucoma and so on remain undiagnosed and untreated because the benefits of medical devices like stents, MRI machines or intraocular lenses are not known to those suffering from them.
AdvaMed believes that the medical devices industry in India has the potential to fill these gaps. Reflecting the results of the survey, the Indian regulatory framework has also for years considered medical devices the same way as drugs. To AdvaMed’s relief, the Drugs & Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill 2013 which was introduced in Parliament last year, recognised medical devices as a crucial and distinct pillar of the healthcare system and created a robust regulatory framework for the medical devices sector.
Mr Banerjee said AdvaMed was hopeful the Modi government, under the stewardship of Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, would provide an enabling environment for the Bill to become law. “This law can help set the stage for the Indian medical devices industry to grow, innovate and ensure the highest standards of quality healthcare for all Indian patients,” Mr. Banerjee said.
AdvaMed has submitted a letter to the new Health Minister, urging collaborative discussions that will facilitate expeditious consideration of the Bill. Ms. Pratt said:
“We believe that Dr. Vardhan’s expertise as a surgeon and health administrator will enable him to appreciate the significance of the medical device industry and its challenges. We are eager to fully participate in India's effort to improve the quality of life for patients with non-communicable diseases and look forward to every opportunity the government might provide towards harmonised regulations for the industry.”
AdvaMed is also greatly encouraged by the Health Minister’s statements about stakeholder consultation and public-private collaboration. Mr. Banerjee commented,
“The medical device industry is excited that the new Health Ministry wants to consult stakeholders, and looks forward to discussing the Bill with the government. We are expecting greater clarity from the new regime.”
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Napier Healthcare Partners M Group for the Middle East
Singapore, April 23, 2014 – Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced a strategic partnership with M Group to bring world class Healthcare Information Technology solutions to healthcare providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This collaboration authorizes M Group to market and distribute Napier’s robust, feature-rich and easy to deploysolutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hospitals that are looking to raise the bar on improving their clinical and non-clinical areas of hospital operations can now rely on Napier Healthcare and M Group fraternity to drive innovative healthcare delivery models with complete visibility and control over costs.
“The healthcare sector in the Gulf Corporation Council is one of the most promising, with a projected growth rate of 11.4% from 2010 to reach USD$43.9 billion in 2015. There is a rapid increase in healthcare providers coming to us for technologies to help them transform their hospital operations--from streamlining of workflow and reducing medical errors to capturing clinical information and providing analytical insights,” said Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier Healthcare. “This strategic partnership with M Group aligns with our expansion strategy and growing commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare market.”
A well-recognized organization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, M Group brings to Napier Healthcare an extensive distribution network and proven track records in project consultancy and implementation over the last two decades. Established in 1981 with its corporate office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, M Group is a holding company with businesses focusing on Telecommunication, Information Technology, Mobile, Security & Defense and Construction.
“M Group has always been committed to provide comprehensive solutions in multiple sectors. This strategic partnership with Napier Healthcare will enhance our customer offering and add value to M Group’s overall portfolio. With Napier’s experience and deep domain knowledge in the healthcare sector, we can now confidently engage hospitals here with a world class solution that can help them sustain growth, improve quality and provide better and faster customer service” said Eng.Riyadh Aladel, CEO of M Group.
Napier Healthcare prides itself with a repository of best business practices gained over the last 17 years from over 70 installations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Napier Healthcare’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards, such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and emerging next generation solutions in Mobility, Home Care and Telemedicine. This strategic partnership will increase M Group’s offerings to healthcare providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides an immediate reach to Napier Healthcare’s complete suite of innovative solutions that address the end-to-end Information Technology needs of a healthcare provider.
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HCG Launched the 1st Agility Synergy, Advanced Radiotherapy Technology in India
Source : Health Care Global Enterprises Ltd.(HCG), Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00AM IST (4:30AM GMT)
HCG Launched the 1st Agility Synergy, Advanced Radiotherapy Technology in India Bangalore, Karnataka, India
HCG MSR Cancer Centre, a unit of Healthcare Global Enterprise, The Specialist in Cancer Care, launched the 1st 'Agility Synergy' in India, an advanced radiotherapy technology, inaugurated by Bharat Ratna, Professor C N R Rao.
Bharat Ratna, Professor C N R Rao, on the inauguration of the technology, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate the 1st 'Agility Synergy' in India, research and technology has played a very crucial role in the advances in cancer treatment. I’m pleased to know the gold standard in precision cancer treatment is now accessible in India.
Dr. B S Ajaikumar, Chairman, HCG Enterprise, said, “HCG has been at the forefront in the fight against cancer by introducing new technologies and improving medical outcomes. With the introduction of , Agility – Synergy, for the 1st time in India, patients will immensely benefit from the most precise cancer care treatment available.”
Benefits of Agility Synergy:
Agility increases the speed of delivery and allows higher dose rates to be used for more effective modulation
Shortens treatment times considerably
Continuous monitoring and control throughout treatment for confidence in beam shaping and treatment delivery
It reduces unwanted dose to organs at risk and healthy tissue
It reduces off axis dose when performing off-axis beam shaping
Low integral dose reduces the risk of inducing secondary tumors
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HCG Partners with Hudooku, to Create Health Information Network
Source : Health Care Global Enterprises Ltd.(HCG)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:24AM IST (5:54AM GMT)
HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, The Specialist in Cancer Care, has joined hands with Hudooku Solutions Pvt. Ltd, to create accessibility for patients, doctors, care givers, searching healthcare information online, by developing a "One Stop" health information network.
Dinesh Madhavan, Director, Healthcare Services, HCG Enterprise, said, "We are happy to partner in creating accessibility to quality health information, educate people on the preventive health measures and creating a common platform & pool to be shared among the various users on the internet.
Ajay V, Chief Product Officer, Hudooku, said, "In India, there are more than 160 million net users. Indian internet users spends around 8 hours a day on the internet, of which 17% of the time is spent on the internet looking for health related information Yet there is no common global platform for patients, physicians, and researchers to discover and collaborate with each other. Hudooku in partnership with HCG, will help these people find each other and collaborate to build a strong community and information network which will help all others to benefit from this information pool. It brings patients, care givers, and doctors on to a single platform where authentic experiences, information gets shared and used."
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HCG Foundation in Association with Infosys Foundation Launched Mobile Cancer Clinic
Source : Health Care Global Enterprises Ltd.(HCG) Friday, March 28, 2014 12:42PM IST (7:12AM GMT)
HCG Foundation in Association with Infosys Foundation Launched Mobile Cancer Clinic Bangalore, Karnataka, India
HCG Foundation, the charity arm of Healthcare Global Enterprise, in association with Infosys Foundation launched the Mobile Cancer Clinic, staffed with a doctor, nurse and paramedical staff, is equipped with Mammography, X –Ray system, Ultrasound system, Pathology and Lab. The mobile cancer clinic will start by providing cancer care in North Karnataka.
The “Mobile Cancer Clinic” was inaugurated by Mrs. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.
Mrs. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, on the inauguration of the mobile clinic said “It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate the 1st Mobile Cancer Clinic for North Karnataka. This will be an immense boon to people who hitherto would not have had access to quality cancer care in the remote areas. If this model works, I’m willing to donate another mobile cancer clinic."
Dr. B S Ajaikumar, Chairman, HCG Enterprise, said, “We thank Infosys Foundation for joining HCG Foundation in the fight against cancer. This unique initiative of starting the 1st Mobile Cancer Clinic in North Karnataka, creating accessibility to advanced cancer screening and cancer care, helps in early diagnosis. The incidence of head & neck cancer and cervical cancer is high in rural areas, with early diagnosis we can find better approach to cancer treatment.”
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Dell Streamlines Patient Care in India with New Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution
Source : Dell India
Monday, March 24, 2014 4:59PM IST (11:29AM GMT)
Dell Streamlines Patient Care in India with New Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Dell Services today unveiled a cloud-based solution that seamlessly and cost effectively delivers integrated clinical and financial systems for healthcare providers in India. This is a highly scalable, widely accessible and flexible solution to suit the unique needs of Indian healthcare providers.
Targeted at midsized hospitals, large hospital chains and clinic networks, the solution ensures that providers have instant access to uniform workflows and customized reports across entities and geographies. Through a centralized approach, the solution gives healthcare providers the ability to adopt automated workflows and business processes using a single-instance application, reducing operational complexity and dependencies on paper records. This not only prevents manual errors and time delays, but will also enhance decision making and improve the patient experience.
With this solution, end-users (physicians, nurses and back office staff) can access cloud-based applications and reports through the use of a simple conventional browser. The solution also allows users to remain connected via smart phones and other hand-held devices, ensuring secure and anytime, anywhere access to information.
Commenting on the role of cloud in enabling better healthcare outcomes, Dr. Ashwin Naik, Founder and CEO, Vaatsalya, India's first hospital network focused on Tier II and Tier III towns said, “The healthcare industry in India is increasingly turning to IT adoption to improve patient outcomes. As hospitals and providers expand their operations with new referral centers, facilities, and acquisitions in new geographies, the need to access, integrate and connect these disparate systems is gaining importance. Cloud-based technology has the potential to addresses most of the IT-related issues -- access to the right information at the right time and operational efficiency, among others. More importantly it is affordable, scalable and flexible.”
Dell is collaborating with Ubq Technologies and Ramco Systems to deliver an end-to-end proposition to providers. Ubq's Hospital Information System (HIS) solution, medics, will serve as the front-end application for patient-centric activities and will integrate with Ramco ERP on Cloud to provide customers seamless enterprise-wide application on the cloud.
Delivered as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, the solution allows healthcare providers to quickly respond to increasing demands of infrastructure and storage, and train staff without huge capital investments and recurrent readiness costs.
“There is a seismic shift happening in the global healthcare industry. The overarching trend is to integrate and move information to the right person or system at the right time — whether it's a provider's staff, external service provider, or the consumer (patient or prospect),”said Sudhanshu Bhandari, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research. “The ability to create an information infrastructure that brings together the micro level of personalized health and the macro level of epidemiologic mappings to institutional quality and evidence-based practices will be a key differentiator for healthcare providers in future. Cloud-based end-to-end business services would help healthcare companies jump start these business initiatives and collaborate with global peer institutions. However, the Indian healthcare market is still very cost competitive and more maturity is needed to effectively leverage cloud-based solutions.”
“We are extending Dell’s proven capabilities and global healthcare leadership to India and have brought in the best-of-breed combination of HIS and ERP to help providers achieve their goal of providing efficient, information-driven healthcare in an affordable way. We will continue to bring to India unique solutions that will allow healthcare providers to focus on their number one goal-- enhanced patient care,” said Sid Nair, vice president and global general manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Dell Services. “The solution is truly one of a kind in terms of its capabilities, delivery model and pricing. We believe that this will be a game changer for the Indian healthcare industry, where hospitals are constrained by huge upfront capital investments, and higher cost of licensing, maintenance and support.”
This solution is available today in India and is an integral part of Dell’s vision of building future-ready IT platforms to provide cutting-edge technology and services that enable innovation in Health IT. The cloud-based solution also extends Dell’s Cloud strategy of providing choice and flexibility to customers to drive tangible business results through cloud computing.
Source : Press Release Business Wire India
Frost & Sullivan: Medical Electronics Market in India Estimated to Grow to US $11.7 Bn by 2017 at a CAGR of 16 Percent
Source : Frost & Sullivan Monday, March 10, 2014 10:15AM IST (4:45AM GMT) Frost & Sullivan: Medical Electronics Market in India Estimated to Grow to US $11.7 Bn by 2017 at a CAGR of 16 PercentAffordable and preventive healthcare access to boost the medical electronics industry in India Mumbai, Maharashtra , IndiaIndia’s burgeoning population, higher middle-class incomes, and increasing awareness about the benefits of healthcare delivery system has catalyzed growth of the medical electronics market. In addition, rise in lifestyle diseases, increasing urbanization, healthcare facilities’ expansions, has increased the demand for medical care, boosting medical electronics industry volumes. Government schemes to provide basic healthcare facilities in rural and remote areas have also played a key role in driving adoption of medical equipment that are ultimately boosting the medical electronic industry.
Total healthcare expenditure in India is nearly 4 percent of the GDP, which is less than half of countries like Australia, Brazil, the UK, and US. Government expenditure on healthcare remains around 1.2 percent of GDP. This is again less than one-third of spend as a percentage of GDP in countries like the US, UK, and Australia. With a population of nearly 1.25 billion, an increased spending on healthcare is not an option but an imperative for India. The Government plans to increase public spending on healthcare to 2.5 percent of GDP in its 12th Five Year Plan.
With higher spends on healthcare, increasing lifestyle and non-communicable diseases in India, focus is on providing access to affordable and preventive healthcare. Technology, especially a convergence of medical electronics, IT, and telecom, is a key driver to achieve these objectives.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the medical electronics market in India was valued at US $6.5 Bn in 2013 and is likely to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent to reach US $11.7 Bn by 2017. However, indigenous manufacturing in medical electronics is still lacking in India. The Government has aided in the form of tax and duty exemptions to boost local manufacturing of medical electronics. The National Policy on Electronics has medical electronics as one of the thrust areas and provides for financial incentives for medical electronics manufacturing not only for new units but also for units relocating from outside India. The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013 is now considering recognizing medical devices as separate from pharmaceutical products in the regulatory structure. A strong framework that provides for medical devices standards in India is an imperative to boost domestic manufacturing, bring in reliability, and better time to market new technologies in medical electronics.
According to Niju V, Director, Automation & Electronics Practices, Frost & Sullivan, “In India, medical devices need to be made for Indian operating conditions. Focused policy on medical devices factoring in all industry stakeholders including technology developers, manufacturers, healthcare providers, insurance providers, and patient groups can give a big boost to the sector.”
According to Frost and Sullivan, for providing healthcare, which is universal, affordable, and preventive in nature, the Indian medical electronics industry will shift towards developing miniaturized, multifunctional, ultra-low power, portable, and reduced cost devices that could be used for patient monitoring, imaging, implantable, therapeutic, and surgical requirements. The wearable devices category, which is still a developing field in India, can potentially aid physicians to offer extended care outside the clinical environment. This will bring higher efficiency and increased access across Tier 2, Tier 3 cities, and rural India, while providing improved healthcare delivery to urban India.
According to Niju V, “Five aspects including miniaturization through System on Chip (SoC) designs, wireless integrated circuits, efficient power management, intelligent sensors, and connected IT infrastructure will dominate future technology landscape of the Indian medical electronics industry.”
The Future of Healthcare: A Collective Vision
Source : Apollo HospitalsTuesday, March 4, 2014 12:03PM IST (6:33AM GMT) The Future of Healthcare: A Collective VisionStakeholders Commence Debates on the Roadmap to Meet the Challenges Ahead New Delhi, Delhi , India
The first day of the Conference, hosted by The Healthcare Alliance, saw a splendid turnout of thought leaders, policy makers, senior Government officials, and business and health leaders from India and across the globe.
The inaugural session witnessed the presence of personalities like Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India; Lov Verma, Health Secretary, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Government of India; Prof K Srinath Reddy, President Public Health Foundation of India; Lord Nigel Crisp, Crossbench member, House of Lords, and; Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chair of The Healthcare Alliance and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, all of whom delivered a special address to the audiences.
With participation from over 15 countries and the presence of more than 500 delegates, the power-packed, morning-to-evening agenda focused on three critical issues facing the healthcare industry worldwide:
Delivering his special address at the formal inauguration of the conference, Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chair of The Healthcare Alliance and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, said: “Amazing progress has been made in healthcare over the last 30 years, yet barriers of accessibility, quality and cost persist. New challenges have risen, such as the worrying ascent of NCDs, which claim 36 million lives every year in the world, with nearly 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. The need of the hour is four-fold: preventive healthcare, making people partners in PPP, up-scaling and up-skilling the manpower, and accelerating the pace of innovation. This Conference provides a common platform for collective thinking for stakeholders of the nation and global thought leaders to come up with an agenda for the future. We have to work towards the dream of a disease-free world. This is the big challenge for the future of healthcare.”
The Conference began with opening remarks by Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, who warmly welcomed the guests. She expressed hope that the deliberations and sessions over two days of the event would result in concrete recommendations to shape the future of healthcare not only in India but also in other countries facing similar demographic and economic challenges.
A prominent highlight of the day was the launch of three White Papers by global consultancies Bain & Company, PwC, and KPMG, each focused on a specific area of the conference highlighted by the sessions. The White Papers are a result of over three months of collaboration between members of The Healthcare Alliance and thought leaders from around the world to arrive at global solutions that are systemic, sustainable and impactful. Each paper looks into a definitive way forward and an action plan to impact the future of healthcare in the 21st century.
Plenary Session 1: Control of NCDs through Primary and Preventive Healthcare
Shobana Kamineni, Executive Director (New Initiatives), Apollo Hospitals Group, set the context for the plenary session on “Control of NCDs through Primary and Preventive Healthcare” which was followed by the keynote address by Prof K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India. The insightful panel discussion saw several significant stakeholders as participants, including Anshu Prakash, Principal Secretary (Health & Family Welfare), Government of India; Planning Commission member Syeda Hameed; John Brooks, President & CEO, Joslin Diabetes Center; Dr V. Mohan, Chairman & Chief of Diabetology, Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialty Centre, and; Shailesh Ayyangar, MD & President, Sanofi India. The session was moderated by Karan Singh Bain & Company’s Asia-Pacific Healthcare practice head.
The main take-away from the discussion: With NCDs snatching away precious lives, a population equal to the size of a nation like Canada, each year across the world, this is a threat that can no longer be ignored. The solution lies in strengthening primary care for early detection and popularizing preventive care to bring down the incidence.
Panelists recommended high-impact interventions and large-scale outreach throughout the country, articulation of a national vision for combating NCDs, and partnering with community service organizations for creating better awareness. They also called upon the health service providers to expand their reach, deliver high quality but affordable care, and address the demand for information and specially trained professionals. Pharmaceutical and medical technology companies need to develop and deploy an integrated approach to providing cost-effective medical products and work with policy makers to make affordable medicines available, the panelists recommended.
Plenary Session 2: Public-Private-People Partnerships
The panelists at the session on Public-Private-People Partnerships (PPPP) were unanimous about the importance of including people as partners in the existing PPP model to make it more effective and inclusive. They noted that global healthcare systems are increasingly coming under stress due to rising costs. India too needs huge investments to bring its healthcare infrastructure to international levels of penetration.
Even as PPPs are becoming popular for service delivery, it is essential to consider people as a critical part of the health ecosystem, the participants concluded in a free-wheeling discussion moderated by Rana Mehta, Leader - Healthcare, PwC India. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), set the context for the discussions that revolved around the ingredients required to deliver successful healthcare PPPs. Dr Paul Da Rita, Head, Global Health PPP Advisory, International Finance Corporation, delivered the keynote address.
Panelists recommended that the Government develop a health PPP policy framework, create an institutional mechanism to support health PPPs, ensure contractual flexibility and continued sharing of risks and rewards, devise an appropriate pricing and incentive mechanism to improve quality, affordability and viability, and benchmark best practices.
Other action points from the panelists included the need for providers to evolve business models with fair margin and high volumes, collaborate with the Government in developing a policy framework, benchmark their own performance, and develop strategies for human resource augmentation. The participants also came up with specific recommendations for the community and citizens at large.
Plenary Session 3: Talent Fast-forward: Upskill, Upscale
The keynote address by Lord Nigel Crisp, Crossbench member, House of Lords, kick-started the session titled “Talent fast-forward: Upskill, Upscale,” with the context being set by Rajendra Pawar, Chairman, NIIT. The acute dearth of adequately educated or trained healthcare professionals was deeply felt by the panelists, who pointed out that this issue is limiting access and quality of healthcare services in India. They deliberated upon the challenge of ensuring sufficient supply of manpower for expansion of healthcare to all corners of the country and came up with many interesting ideas that showed the most practical way forward.
The Government being the strongest influencer among all the stakeholders, the panelists recommended that it should ensure standardization across key elements of talent development, put together a policy framework to minimize entry barriers, and lay down regulations for up-skilling. They were of the view that healthcare trainers also need to redesign training structure and introduce innovations in training, while healthcare providers should restructure HR processes to comply with accreditation guidelines and collaborate with other stakeholders to achieve workforce outcomes.
The Conference also included a lively conversation on the theme "The Where, What and How - for the Future of Healthcare” facilitated by Dr. Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals, along with Dr. John Adler, Inventor CyberKnife and Chief of new Clinical Applications, Varian, Dr. Rajiv Doshi, Executive Director, Stanford-India Biodesign, and Dr. Euan Thomson, Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures.
Even as Day 1 drew to a close, all eyes are set on Day 2 of the Conference which will see special addresses by the health ministers of various countries, including Botswana, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, and Sri Lanka, followed by a session on the role of innovation in achieving universal access to healthcare. In the final session, also one of the biggest in the two-day event, the world health sector will witness heads of Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare, Medicity, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Stanford Hospital and Clinics along with the World Health Organisation outline their vision of The Future of Healthcare for India and the world.
Recommendations arising from the deliberations at the Conference will be presented to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, The Hon’ble President of India, and Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, on March 4, 2014, the second and final day of the event.
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NTL Lemnis launched a new range of LED lighting Products especially for the Healthcare sector
Keeping in mind the unique requirements of the sector - Pharox Ceiling Lights,Pharox Down Lights and LED Tube Lights launched
NTL Lemnis, the LED Lighting solutions company, launched a wide range of LED lighting products under the “Pharox” brand especially for Healthcare sector. NTL Lemnis has created three special categories of products for the Sector, which has wide usage in the hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories and clinics – Ceiling Lights, Down lights and LED Tube lights
According to Equentis Capital report, Indian Healthcare market will grow to $158.2 billion in 2017 from $78.6 billion in 2012, The healthcare sector is growing at a 15% CAGR and jumped from $45 billion in 2008 to $78.6 billion in 2012 and expected to touch $158.2 billion by 2017 thus, the requirement for energy efficient lighting in healthcare sector is a desperate need.
Healthcare industry is driven by 24/7 electricity usage and hospitals are the second largest energy consumers as well as producers of greenhouse gases. Now LEDs are the preferred lighting choice at hospitals across the world and the changing scenario has helped hospitals lower their carbon footprint and energy bills by incorporating green designs. The most important areas for LED lighting are OTs, MRI rooms and CT scan rooms. There are special LED solutions for clean room applications and OTs, which are different from LED fixtures used for general lighting purposes.
"The benefits of LED lights in a hospital cannot be understated: Longer life spans mean lower maintenance, quality LED light impacts our overall productivity and health, LED lights are MRI safe, prevent hospital bred infections from spreading, dimmable feature makes them ideal from CT & Ultrasounds, and the list continues. Our Pharox range incorporates benefits which are an ideal solution for lighting requirements of the healthcare segment", says Mr. Arun Gupta, Global CEO, NTL Lemnis.
The Healthcare sector, especially hospitals can use the many benefits of LED lighting. The sealed LED lighting units protect the harmful bacteria from spreading in the hospital: the fully sealed units stops dust, deadly bugs and harmful bacteria from gathering around the light fittings.
LED lights are MRI safe because they do not use metals that are affected by magnetic fields, nor do they emit radio frequencies. LED tubes and bulbs are dimmable making them ideal for CT scan and ultrasound rooms where dimming may be required for better observation and patient comfort.
Studies by the American Psychiatric Association are continuing to investigate LED light effect on Alzheimer’s disease, jet lag, insomnia, eating disorders, sleep pattern disturbances and other behavioural problems. NASA and researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee are investigating the use of LED lighting for pain reduction therapy in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Preliminary results show that the use of LED lights resulted in significant relief from side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, thereby significantly improving their quality of life.
The Pharox range from NTL Lemnis has been created keeping in mind the special requirements for the sector - whether it is lighting up common spaces in Hospitals, Ceilings, Corridors, MRI, OTs, Laboratories, Hospital rooms, waiting areas, etc. The Pharox range is low-maintenance, offers excellent value for money proposition, and conserves energy as well
The Pharox product range includes:
The Pharox range is already available in the market through NTL-Lemnis distributors.
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Fluke Biomedical Acquires Unfors RaySafe
Source : Unfors RaySafe (India) Pvt. Ltd.Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:10PM IST (7:40AM GMT) Fluke Biomedical Acquires Unfors RaySafe Billdal, Sweden and Everett, Washington, United StatesFluke Biomedical, the world's leading manufacturer of biomedical test instruments, announced today the acquisition of Unfors RaySafe.
With this acquisition Fluke Biomedical adds industry leading quality assurance devices for diagnostic x-ray from Unfors RaySafe. With an enhanced portfolio especially in the fields of diagnostic x-ray, real-time dose monitoring systems for medical personnel and patient dose tracking software solutions, the Unfors RaySafe product line will broaden the Fluke Biomedical customer base and answer market demands with innovative and state-of-the-art solutions. Fluke Biomedical‘s goal is to provide healthcare providers, institutions and medical device manufacturers with a complete portfolio of test equipment.
Both companies see the user friendliness of their products, combined with advanced technology and maximum measurement accuracy as their major assets. “The fact that our companies share a similar culture is an ideal basis for continuing our excellent relationships with our employees, customers and partners,” says Magnus Kristoferson, CEO of Unfors RaySafe. “We have experience in highly specialized markets all over the world, we know our business and we can now maximize our competencies. In the past, Unfors RaySafe has attracted the attention of the market not just for the functionality and measurement accuracy of its products, but also for the attractive design and intuitive user interface.”
Fluke Biomedical leads the world in the manufacture of biomedical test and simulation products, including electrical safety testers, patient simulators, performance analyzers, and fully-integrated and automated performance testing and documentation systems. Fluke Biomedical General Manager, Eric Conley says, "The acquisition of Unfors RaySafe brings to Fluke Biomedical a strong team that has delivered leading innovation to the radiation test and safety markets. The combination of Unfors RaySafe and Fluke Biomedical accelerates our ability to provide a broad portfolio of world class test equipment to our customers." With worldwide sales and distribution channels, Fluke Biomedical anticipates growth through innovative design and creative solutions for their customers. Fresh perspectives and product enhancements, coupled with the commitment to customer satisfaction, remain the hallmark of the organization.
Source : Business Wire India
Apollo Hospitals Crosses the 2 Million Mark on Facebook
Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 AM IST (5:00AM GMT) Apollo Hospitals Crosses the 2 Million Mark on Facebook Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Apollo Hospitals, the pioneer of integrated healthcare delivery in India has crossed 2 million likes on Facebook.
Apollo Hospitals are now the global leaders on Facebook among healthcare providers. This was achieved over a period of 2 years through major path-breaking initiatives like 'Emergency 24x7 Mobile App' and ‘Blood Connections’ to name a few. The ‘Emergency 24x7 Mobile App’ helps to get in touch with near ones and locate hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, etc during an emergency and 'Blood Connections’ is a platform to help people locate blood donors in an emergency with just a click of a button.
Being actively present across social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, SlideShare and blogs, Apollo Hospitals has managed to bring out the benefits of healthy living by attaining a better connection with its community who can drop-in queries and get prompt responses.
On the occasion of crossing the 2 million mark on Facebook, Apollo Hospitals’ Managing Director, Dr. Preetha Reddy said, “We are delighted at this achievement. Our social media initiatives are taking us closer to achieving our vision of ‘Touching a Billion Lives’ through our trademark Tender Loving Care. We believe that the social media space is one of the most effective tools to reach out to global citizens and through this we can keep people healthy. Through Facebook, we have managed to reach out to people and create awareness on staying healthy, in a much easier and efficient manner, thus strengthening our brand position of ‘Let’s talk health’.”
Social Wavelength manages the social media initiatives for Apollo Hospitals.
Hareesh Tibrewala, Joint CEO, Social Wavelength commented, "Apollo has been one of the pioneers in healthcare in India. Through its various social media engagements, Apollo Hospitals has demonstrated leadership on social media as well.”
Source : Apollo Hospitals
Carestream Health India Showcased Innovative Radiology Imaging Solutions at the 67th IRIA Congress
Mumbai, India, February, 2014: India's biggest annual radiology event organized by the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (IRIA) - the 67th Indian Radiology Congress – was held between 23rd and 26th January 2014 at Agra. At this prestigious event, Carestream Health India showcased some of its innovative radiology imaging solutions, which attracted attention of several imaging specialists, general medical community and healthcare administrators from across India and several countries from around the world.
Carestream’s booth was one of the best, which was specifically designed around the theme “A Smarter Way Forward”. The booth was strategically located near the entrance gate of the exposition area, where Carestream showcased its latest innovations such as PACS solutions, the DRX-1 System, the DirectView Classic CR System and the DirectView Vita CR System. The DryView 5700 Laser Imager and the DryView 6850 Laser Imager were also on the display that attracted many eyeballs.
Another highlight was the demo station of Carestream’s exclusive online journal ‘e-Radiograph’ (Biyearly clinical publication, an educational initiative by Carestream). The station was placed at a hard to miss exclusive location, which ensured overwhelming response from customers.
Speaking about the tremendous response Carestream received from the customers at this prestigious congress, Mr. Nilesh Sanap, Manager Marketing, Carestream Health India, said, “It was a result of the distinctive experience company had been able to create through its booth’s design, personal interactions, demonstration of its industry-leading product range, and the various branding, and media activities conducted during the Congress.”
The event served as a great networking platform for both Carestream and its customer. It provided visitors with the first hand experience of Carestreams’ innovative radiology imaging solutions to perform their job better, faster and most cost-effectively.
Apollo Hospitals to Host International Forum on Battling Cancer
Source : Apollo Hospitals Tuesday, January 28, 2014 6:30PM IST (1:00PM GMT) Apollo Hospitals to Host International Forum on Battling Cancer. Apollo Cancer Conclave 2014 will see oncologists from various disciplines from South East Asia, Africa and India collaborate to collectively fight the battle against cancer through knowledge sharing and technology transfer Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IndiaTaking the battle against cancer to the next level, Apollo Hospitals, India’s foremost healthcare provider will be hosting Apollo Cancer Conclave 2014, an international conference aimed at improving cancer management not only in India but across the globe, in the City in early February. To be held between 7thand 9th February 2014 in the City, this forum, a first of its kind, will witness participation from 500 eminent pioneers, researchers and medical practitioners from India, South East Asia and Africa deliberate on cancer management through panel discussions, interactive sessions and debates, all organised with a view to encourage greater sharing of experiences, innovations, contemporary technologies and treatments.
A multidisciplinary Oncology forum and the brainchild of healthcare visionary Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals, the Apollo Cancer Conclave will bring together the best minds in oncology both from India and overseas to deliberate on the rapid advances in the fields of Surgical, Medical, Radiation Oncology, Hematology and Robotics and its practical application.
“A new horizon for cancer care demands a concerted effort from every stakeholder, the strong support of legislation, the commitment of the entire medical fraternity in encouraging early detection and above all a promise from every adult to embrace a healthier lifestyle as almost as much as 43% of all cancer can be prevented by just being conscious, and living a life of moderation.” added Dr. Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals.
A great thrust at the Conclave will be on integration of cutting edge science with emerging advances in technology such as - Proton Beam Therapy, Robotic surgery and novel therapies. Spread across three days, the Conference will address concern areas and treatment breakthroughs across all the major cancers including the Head & Neck, Gastrointestinal, Breast, Lung, Genitourinary, Hematological malignancies, Bone Tumor, Onco-Radiology & Onco-Pathology.
“Across the world, cancer has grown to significant proportions and its management has changed manifold. This conclave will propel cancer management for the 21st century by urging both medical community and the broader public on the criticality of addressing cancer management with great urgency; deliberate and exchange significant advances that have been made in the field and further outline the impending changes that we should continue to expect in this area. With Apollo completing 20 glorious years in cancer care, the creation of an international forum such as this, marks the beginning of a new journey towards transcending borders in the common battle against cancer.” said Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals.
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Saroja Prime Health Introduces an Advanced Center for Chronic Pain Management in Bangalore
Saroja Prime Health Introduces an Advanced Center for Chronic Pain Management in Bangalore. The First Standalone Chronic Pain Management Center as per International Standards Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Saroja Prime Health Introduces an Advanced Center for Chronic Pain Management in BangaloreThe First Standalone Chronic Pain Management Center as per International Standards Bangalore, Karnataka, IndiaSaroja Prime Health Pvt Ltd, a company incorporated by a US based physician couple has launched a pain management center, Reliv Center for Chronic Pain Management, in Bangalore. The center will provide the latest treatment modalities using the most modern medical equipment for safe and effective management of chronic debilitating pain to Bangaloreans.
“India has a very high prevalence of chronic pain” says the company founder-director, Dr. Madhu Yelameli who runs a successful advanced pain management center in the US. “Whenever I visit India I am constantly approached by people suffering from chronic pain without recourse to an effective treatment” he adds. Chronic low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, headache, shoulder pain, neuropathy and certain other unique pain conditions like reflex sympathetic dystrophy and of course cancer pain affect almost 30% of the Indian adult population. Though living with chronic debilitating pain has been a thing of the past in most of the developed parts of the world, in India this medical specialty is almost unknown.
Typically chronic pain is managed by anesthesiologists who have undergone super specialization in pain management. They are trained to use multiple modalities that include potent pain medications, effective injection procedures and state of the art device implants to conquer severe intractable pain. Reliv Center for Chronic Pain Management offers a wide range of procedures from simple epidural injections to radiofrequency nerve ablation procedures to spinal cord stimulator implants and spinal morphine pump implants for the most debilitating chronic and cancer pains. “We perform these procedures using image guidance either with live fluoroscopy or ultrasound to achieve accuracy and safety” says Dr. Vishwanath Siddalingaiah, UK trained Medical Director for Reliv Center for Chronic pain Management. Highly skilled physicians can perform these procedures quickly maintaining efficacy and safety. “This is the reason our Center employs fully trained and qualified physicians willing to relocate to India so our people get world class treatment right here in Bangalore” adds Dr. Shashirekha Shetty, a director of the company. They dream of facilitating creation of super specialty programs in Indian universities in future to train local anesthesiologists in this upcoming field.
Patients who have tried traditional methods like physical therapy and basic pain medications can be good candidates for interventional pain management. Even patients who have already tried spine or joint surgeries and continue to have pain can be taken care of with these modalities. Patients who are not candidates for surgery or do not wish to undergo a surgery can also be treated by pain specialists. Dr. Yelameli says “with effective treatment we see a large number of pain patients who had previously given up hope leading near normal lives keeping their jobs, taking care of their families and pursuing activities they enjoy doing”.
Such services however have been hard to come by for the people in Bangalore. “Though some corporate hospitals have started offering these services, access to and awareness among pain sufferers and referring physicians is minimal. Physicians specializing in this field have to compete for limited resources in large hospitals that increases the cost of the services they offer. In contrast, at standalone pain centers patients are evaluated by expert physicians and offered immediate relief using interventional procedures at the same visit” says Mr. Mohan Pothur, the Chief Operating Officer of the company. Most patients can leave the center with relief within hours. All the procedures and surgeries done for chronic pain at this Center are same day procedures not needing hospitalization.
The company already has plans to open up more such facilities across Bangalore to improve access to patients.
Apollo Hospitals Introduces Teleradiology Remote Consulting and Diagnostic Services
Inaugurated by honourable former President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Teleradiology technology will help diagnostic radiology centers to transmit images from distant and remote locations to Expert Reading locations for diagnostic consensus that can enable better treatment of patients in remote locations
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IndiaIn yet another feat to take world class healthcare to all in India, leading healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals today launched a superior remote consulting and diagnostic -Teleradiology services at its Flagship Hospital in Chennai. Inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Honourable Former President of India, this technology intervention will help patients and diagnostic centres in remote locations to access expert radiologist with their radiology images for expert opinion and get appropriate treatment recommendations. This service will play a very vital role in reducing patient waiting time for diagnosis, treatment commencement and cost.
Teleradiology is an emerging field that has the potential to benefit both patients and healthcare service providers immensely as it helps eliminate distance barriers and improve access to quality health services or information that otherwise are not available in rural and distant communities. They play an invaluable role in emergency and critical care situations especially where moving a patient may be undesirable or not feasible. Not only does this technology lessen the inconvenience and cost of patient transfers but will also help reduce unnecessary travel time for health professionals to multiplex their services beyond boundaries where by improve efficiency and to reduce cost.
“Since three decades we have been innovating on our facilities and introducing new technologies to better healthcare reach and administration. Teleradiology as a technology can transform rural healthcare delivery by empowering both patients and doctors alike. While rural practitioners can gain access to specialist health services and benefit from interactions with consultants and specialists, patients can receive health information and advice from health professionals from the convenience of their homes.” said Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo hospitals Group.
How the technology works:
Benefits & Advantages of Teleradiology
Without rapid access to medical imaging results, diagnosis and treatment delays would be the norm of the day and the cost of care would be even greater. The advantage of having a Teleradiology group is that it can provide a team of specialized teleradiologists for patients, and moreover, emergency services are also provided effectively, bringing down the waiting time for patients. The Teleradiology group has several specialties and sub-specialties available such as Neuroradiologists, Musculoskeletal radiologists, Abdomen and Pelvic imaging specialists, Woman’s imaging specialists and Cardiac radiologists. When the scans are sent to the group, the group assigns the reporting to the specialists, thereby the hospital treating the patient gets the best specialist report in that particular speciality.
Teleradiology allows for trained specialists to be available 24/7 to read patients’ images. Teleradiology services allow hospitals to treat patients round the clock. The biggest benefits of Teleradiology are in cost reduction and towards improving the quality of the reports for the patients.
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Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai Wins 2nd Year in a Row "India's Best Multi Speciality Hospital" Award
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Friday, January 03, 2014 -- (Business Wire India) -- Lilavati Hospital, regarded among the best tertiary care hospitals in the country, has been honored once again as "India's Best Multi Specialty Hospital- Megapolis" in 'India Healthcare Awards 2013' at a ceremony held recently in New Delhi. The event was presided by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman - Planning Commission of India.
CNBC-TV18 in partnership with ICICI Lombard instituted the India Healthcare Awards to honor and recognize India's best healthcare providers.
Dr. Narendra Trivedi, COO at Lilavati Hospital said, "We treat common class patients at par with treatment given to celebrities and VIPs. Lilavati Hospital is preferred by all."
"We at Lilavati Hospital believe that we should endeavor to be the best of the best. We are humbled to receive this award but we will work doubly hard to be one of the best in the world and put India on the list of the best hospitals in the world" said Mr Chetan Mehta, Trustee, Lilavati Kirtilal Medical Trust.
We are delighted and humbled that Lilavati Hospital's contribution to the field of healthcare has once again been recognized. We will continue to strive to provide cutting edge medical assistance to all sections of the society" said Mr Prabodh Mehta, Trustee, Lilavati Kirtilal Medical Trust"
The 316 bed Lilavati Hospital was the vision of Late Shri Kirtilal Manilal Mehta. Lilavati Hospital is the healthcare provider of choice for all sections of society. Doctors associated with the Hospital are among the best in the Country in their areas of specialization.
The social service wing of the hospital- SEWA serves to the health requirements of needy people. This department seeks to bridge the gap between the needy patients and the fast evolving medical technology. Various social activities such as free OPD, services to senior citizens, sending mobile vans to organize free health check-up camps at different locations within and outside Mumbai are undertaken as an on-going process.
In 2012, hospital launched its most ambitious social initiative - "Save and Empower the Girl Child". This initiative by the doctors of Lilavati Hospital is aimed at bringing the treatment of girl child by individuals and society at par with the boy.
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Napier Healthcare Wins Promising Healthcare IT Company of the Year 2013 Award from Frost & Sullivan Singapore
Singapore, October 22, 2013 - Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced that it has been awarded the 2013 Promising Healthcare IT Company of the Year by Frost and Sullivan. Frost & Sullivan Singapore Excellence Awards recognise companies that have pushed the boundaries of excellence to rise above the competition and demonstrate outstanding performance in the Singapore market. The award positions Napier Healthcare as a rising star in the healthcare sector for consistently offering global standard solutions that improve the quality, safety and service delivery of patient care.
“Napier Healthcare is awarded for its excellent performance as a total solutions provider with solutions spanning tertiary, secondary and primary care to urban, rural and home care. Napier also emphasises on regulatory compliance to provide customers with global standard solutions,” said Natasha Gulati, Senior Industry Analyst, Asia Pacific Health Care Practice, Frost & Sullivan.
Established in the late 90s, Napier Healthcare employs more than 270 healthcare and technology professionals with deep domain expertise. The company’s IT solutions are collaboratively developed with extensive inputs from industry veterans, clinicians, medical authorities and patients to meet the needs of small, mid-sized, and large private and public sector hospitals. Together with leading IT companies including Microsoft, IBM and HP, Napier Healthcare provides technology, infrastructure implementation and service support along with extensive training. Headquartered in Singapore, Napier has presence in USA, India, Africa, and the Middle East.
“The award underscores our commitment to innovate and lead in healthcare management systems and solutions,” said Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier Healthcare. “Napier Healthcare is well positioned to drive technology adoption across the healthcare delivery value chain to benefit hospitals and patients. For example, the use of cloud and mobile platforms by Napier delivers significant value to the stakeholders of the healthcare industry.”
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Spinal imaging complexities demystified in the second edition of e-Radiograph
Preserved by readers for future references, Carestream Health’s e-book provides comprehensive knowledge about industry’s best practices in the area of medical imaging to the radiology community
Mumbai, India, September, 2013 — Followed by the successful launch and overwhelming response received for the first edition of Carestream Health’s e-Radiograph, the second edition of this bi-yearly scientific e-book is now out. In an endeavor to offer different views and perspectives on various topics, the second edition of e-Radiograph focuses on another critical imagining topic, “Imaging of Degenerative Diseases of Lumbosacral Spine”. Contributed by Dr Rammohan Vadapalli, a renowned radiologist acting as a guest editor, the content of this edition is as comprehensive as the first one, carefully evaluated and researched.
Dr Rammohan Vadapalli said, “This compilation is targeted to all the spine enthusiasts to enhance their skills in interpretation of imaging of spinal degeneration. The e-book is packed with more images than words, tips and tricks, and RAD mantras.”
Expressing his gratitude towards the readers of e-Radiograph, Mr Nilesh Sanap, Manager-Marketing, Carestream Health India said, “We are grateful to all the readers of e-Radiograph for their precious support and continuous encouragement. We promise to keep providing them information on latest proven practices in the field of medical imaging through e-Radiograph.”
This one-of-a-kind e-book is an initiative under the Carestream’s Radiology Education Services (CRES) in India, which provides a platform to radiologists for sharing best practices in medical imagining. To access this e-book, you can simply log on to www.carestream.in/eradiograph and register yourself to access the current and subsequent issues, without any cost. This reader-friendly educational tool (e-Radiograph) can be easily accessed by busy medical imaging professionals, anywhere in the world and even while on the go; and that is one of the key reasons of its success besides the comprehensive knowledge it offers.
Regulus Launches Care App, the Health Apps Network
Regulus Communications, Inc. announced today the launch of the first phase of the Health Apps Network, a mobile health information system for patients and health care consumers. It is the first mobile app network for connecting patients and consumers to mobile health information on care providers, health care facilities, and health care product and service suppliers exclusively on mobile devices.
Care App is designed to meet the specific - non-electronic health records requirements - of the HITECH Act (The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) regarding:
(1) Patient access to self-management tools, and
(2) The empowerment of individuals to improve their health and the health care system.
Patients and consumers also have mobile access to:
+ A Health Apps Library with an extensive presentation of health diseases and conditions developed and updated with information from the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Library of Medicine, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, as well as connections to health care providers, health care facilities, and health care product and service suppliers.
+ An array of Health App Calculators to help promote a healthier lifestyle.
+ 24/7 e-mail Support for troubleshooting access to the system on mobile device.
The first phase of the network begins October 1, 2013 allowing care providers, product and service suppliers, and health care facilities to position customized health information apps within the network in advance of the next stage of meaningful use in January 2014. Each provider, supplier, and facility can create a customized health app with multimedia videos, high resolution images, music, and multilingual technologies. Each app becomes an important health resource for patients and consumers across the network.
Care App is designed with HTML5 technology and is primarily for tablets and smart phones but also allows patients and consumers to use a notebook PC as well as popular
e-book readers such as the Kindle Fire and Nook HD. Users are not required to download any of the health information apps on the network.
Besides the innovation of reaching more mobile devices than “apps from an app store” Care App provides every app with these powerful patient oriented compatibility features:
+ Patients can go directly to the apps they want simply by using the web browser on their mobile device
+ Patients can share the apps they like with their friends on social media with just a simple tap and swipe
+ Patients can translate app text into any of 52 different languages
+ Patients can listen to the translated text in any of the 52 languages with text-to-speech technology
+ Patients can tap and call health providers or suppliers on their smart phone by tapping a single icon
+ Patients can bookmark their favorite apps
+ Patients can provide immediate feedback to health care providers with fill-out forms to help improve health information and the health care system overall
“The world of mobile health information should not be about technology or specific mobile devices,” says Richard Austin the program director. “Mobile health apps should focus on reaching the broadest number of patients and consumers as possible with content that is easy to discover and easy to access on any device” he added.
Frost & Sullivan's Distinguished Honorees: Effectively Shaping the Indian Healthcare Landscape
Frost & Sullivan "Celebrates Achievers" at its 5th Annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards 2013
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Monday, September 30, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Frost & Sullivan hosted its 5th Annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards at The Lalit Hotel, Mumbai, by recognizing distinguished achievers from the Healthcare Industry. Over the past five consecutive years, these awards have become an industry benchmark and have recognized the innovative growth strategies and solutions adopted by top companies to excel in the healthcare industry.
Sandeep Sinha, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia and Middle East, stated, "In our annual Healthcare Awards, we utilize the opportunity to choose and recognize an individual whose singular contribution has made a positive impact not only on the industry, but also on society at large. While the Corporate Awards are identified by our team and ratified by an eminent panel, Special Awards are conferred by Frost & Sullivan on thought leaders who have dedicated themselves toward addressing India's pertinent healthcare challenges, making an indelible impact in this field."
"This year, we have added new categories in Healthcare Delivery Services related to IVF and Hair Restoration services. New categories in Medical Technology include Medical Consumables and Dialysis Solutions. For Biotech and Pharma section, the new categories are Oral Anti-Diabetic and Pharmaceutical Brand of the year. All these new categories assume great importance and relevance in the current Indian healthcare scenario," added Mr. Sinha.
With nominations invited from healthcare companies across India, the award process was launched in June 2013. Detailed evaluation of each shortlisted company was based on actual market performance indicators, which were measured on pre-defined parameters. A few specific measurements were applied to certain categories. These findings were then presented to a panel of esteemed jury members, comprising leading doctors, technologists, CEOs, and investors, who selected the most deserving companies in each category.
Durga Prasad, Vice President and Business Head, India and Middle East business of Wipro commented, "There is a paradigm shift in the way healthcare is being delivered now and IT is a great enabler for this. Healthcare is a strategic industry segment for Wipro and we have been focused on providing end-to-end solutions to healthcare providers that include large enterprises, networked chain of hospitals and diagnostic centers. We are leveraging cloud, mobility and analytics platforms to introduce innovative solutions and offer alternative business models. We are happy to be associated with Frost and Sullivan as an IT Healthcare Partner as these awards are a great platform to recognize the significant contributions and innovations in the healthcare space. We congratulate all the winners of the Frost & Sullivan awards."
ICRI group Chairman Mr. S.R. Dugal said "Frost & Sullivan's Healthcare Practice research has been focusing on healthcare services and also bringing out the importance of IT in this sector. We at ICRI along with Cranfield University, UK have been working for the past 10 years in India in Clinical Research & Healthcare area. ICRI is the leader in Healthcare services training; focusing on the areas of IT, Finance, Business Development, Medical Tourism and other non-Medical and Nursing areas. As 60 percent of the manpower in any hospital is from a non-Medical background hence, better management leads to increased efficiency, higher revenues and better survival rate. We are proud to be a part of the Healthcare Awards program as an Academic Partner which has been recognizing the industry's contribution to the society at large".
The Esteemed Jury for the Awards this year included the following eminent personalities:
Dr. Alan Almeida, Section Coordinator, Consulting Nephrologist and Transplant Physician, Hinduja Hospital
Dr. Amit Varma, Founding Managing Partner, Quadria Capital Investment Advisors Private Ltd
Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, President and Consultant Radiologist, SRL Diagnostics - Jankharia Imaging, President Elect, Indian Radiology and Imaging Association (IRIA)
Dr. Chander Bhasin, CEO, Healthcare (SMG), Sahara India Pariwar
Mr. D G Shah, Secretary - General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance
Dr. Harish Ahuja, Chief Head of Pathology, Head of Bio-chemistry Department, Blood-Bank In-charge and Head of Radio-Immunoassay and Toxicology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Center
Mr. Manish Mehta, Managing Director, Samara Capital
Mr. Nitin Deshmukh, Founding Member and CEO, Kotak Private Equity
Mr. N. Suresh, Group Editor and Senior Vice President, Biospectrum
Dr. Tester Ashavaid, Consultant Biochemist and Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Joint Director Research, Hinduja Hospital
Dr. Uday Patil, Consultant Radiologist and Advisor to MD and CEO, Medall Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Dr. Umesh Khanna, Consultant Nephrologist, Chairman - Mumbai Kidney Foundation
The Award Recipients for 2013
Category - Award Recipient
Imaging Company of the Year - Philips Healthcare
Dialysis Solutions Company of the Year - Fresenius Medical Care (India) Private Limited
In-Vitro Diagnostics Company of the Year - Roche Diagnostics India Private Limited
Emerging Medical Equipment Company of the Year - Piramal Enterprises Limited
Indian Medical Consumables Company of the Year - Lotus Surgicals Private Limited
Sterilization Services Company of the Year - 3M Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Brand of the Year (New Launch) - Trajenta by Boehringer Ingelheim India Private Limited
Emerging Bio-Pharmaceutical Company of the Year - Bharat Serums & Vaccines Limited
Multinational Pharmaceutical Company of the Year - Abbott India Limited
Oral Anti-Diabetic Company of the Year - USV Limited
Promising Pharmaceutical R&D Company of the Year - Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
Wellness Service Provider Company of the Year - Indus Health Plus Private Limited
Hair Restoration Service Provider Company of the Year - DHI India
Dialysis Service Provider Company of the Year - (Independent Centers) - B. Braun India Private Limited
Dialysis Service Provider Company of the Year - (Hospitals Category) - Medica Superspecialty Hospital
Diagnostic Service Provider Company of the Year - SRL Limited
IVF Service Provider Company of the Year - Bloom Fertility Center
Healthcare Service Provider Company of the Year (Annual Revenue below INR 500 Crore) - Shalby Hospitals
Healthcare Service Provider Company of the Year (Annual Revenue between INR 500-1,000 Crore) - Medanta- The Medicity
Healthcare Service Provider Company of the Year (Annual revenue > INR 1,000 Crore) - Apollo Hospitals
Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year - Mr. Sures Chairman & CEO and Dr. Mahesh Reddy, Co-founder - Nova Medical Centers
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Carestream Health Ranks 23rd on 2013 InformationWeek 500
Company's Innovative Web-Based Portal Allows Patients to Play a Proactive Role in Their Healthcare
Mumbai, India, September, 2013 – Carestream Health announced it ranked 23rd on this year’s InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the U.S. The full list can be viewed on www.informationweek.com/500.
Carestream was the only supplier of healthcare imaging and information technology included among the top 50 companies on the list.
“Carestream’s focus is on creating innovative new technologies that deliver exceptional value to both physicians and patients while offering cost-effective, easy-to-use tools that can enhance the delivery of healthcare worldwide,” said Bruce Leidal, Carestream’s CIO. “Our MyVue Web-based patient portal demonstrates all aspects of this objective. The portal gives patients secure, online access to their own medical imaging data. Patients can then store and share this information—creating the ability for them to collaborate with desired specialists and play a greater role in their own healthcare. This technology is easy and affordable for healthcare organizations to install.”
"The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer‐focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business — or needs to become one fast. The companies in our ranking are leading the way."
InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best‐known organizations in the country. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con‐Way, and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.
Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.
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Inauguration of Assam Tele Radiology Project of NRHM, Assam in PPP Model with HealthFore Technologies Limited
New Delhi, Delhi, India, Monday, September 02, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Assam together with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam launched first of its kind Tele Radiology Project in public health sector of India in a public private partnership model with HealthFore Technologies Limited.
The project was inaugurated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Honb'le Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare in the presence of Shri Tarun Gogoi, Honb'le Chief Minister, Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Honb'le Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Assam and Smt. Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, NRHM. Mr. Pankaj Vaish, CEO represented HealthFore Technologies.
With the aim to make radiology services accessible and affordable to the entire rural populace of Assam; Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Assam has been commissioning Regional Diagnostic Centers (RDC) and equipping them with CT and X-Ray modalities. However, over the years, it was observed that the full potential of these centers were not been realized owing to the glaring lack of Radiologists in the state, especially for most of the rural areas where the Radiologists are sparsely available. In 2012, NRHM, Assam decided to introduce next-gen Tele Radiology solution to the established infrastructure. The goal of this program was intended to address the following needs:
Under this program, the existing CT and X-Ray machines are being enabled for transmitting digital images of the scans (DICOM compatibility) at the RDC, which are then connected by fibre optic/UBR/ADSL/3G to the Central Data Center (CDC) in Guwahati.
Once a patient gets his or her CT or X-Ray scan done at one of these RDC, the digital image of the scan is transmitted via the network to the servers in the Guwahati CDC into the centrally deployed RIS-PACS (Radiology Information System - Picture Archiving and Communication System) and makes these available to radiologists and specialist radiographers based out of Guwahati, New Delhi and other cities. These radiologists use the RIS-PACS system to access the patient scans from Guwahati and New Delhi to provide online report which can be printed at the local RDC and handed over to the patients. Further, the system allows each patient to access their scans online and maintains their patient history which can be accessed via www.nrhmrdc.in.
In the first phase, this program is beginning its roll out in 11 districts in Assam, namely, Guwahati, Mangaldai, Lakhimpur, Hailakandi, Nagaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Haflong, Jorhat, Barpeta and Silchar.
HealthFore Technologies Limited proudly participates in this program as the provider of the Magnum Infinity Imaging (RIS-PACS) solution that powers the program. HealthFore further has provided infrastructure, consultancy and will manage day to day operations of the centers for NRHM over the period of five years.
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American Megatrends India Successfully Deploys Feedback Management System (FMS) at Apollo Hospitals
...Apollo goes mobile for excellence in Customer Service Management
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, Monday, September 02, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- American Megatrends India, a high-end technology player focused on computing innovations, and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Megatrends Inc., USA (AMI USA), has successfully deployed its Feedback Management System (FMS) at all Apollo hospitals in Chennai and in select Apollo hospitals in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Ahmedabad. With FMS - a customer experience measurement tool, Apollo has gone paperless to quickly and effectively resolve customer problems and ensure excellence in its customer service management.
Apollo Hospitals Group, an integrated healthcare organization with owned and managed hospitals, diagnostic clinics, dispensing pharmacies and consultancy services, has had a conventional way of getting customer feedback. Apollo's service excellence team would collect customer feedback in a printed form with many questions. All the data collected would be captured and saved in an excel sheet. This process did not address department-specific or doctor-specific issues.
Understanding the limitations of its existing customer feedback system, Apollo recently partnered with American Megatrends India to go paperless and make efficient use of its manpower. American Megatrends India's FMS comes with a simple and appealing iPhone/Android application. The feedback collected from inpatient, outpatient, attendees, doctors and other hospital staff on FMS is strategically evaluated. American Megatrends India has customised the FMS solution for Apollo and integrated it with its AIMS (American Megatrends Infrastructure Management Suite) solution that allows the feedback to get escalated to respective departments. The web application of FMS provides dashboards and reports of the collected feedback.
Mr. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, Chief Information Officer, Apollo Hospitals, added, "The opinion and feedback of customers are invaluable to us. We needed a solution that could capture and strategically analyze the collected feedback. We are glad to have partnered with American Megatrends India. The company's Feedback Management System has provided a smart and user-friendly solution which has not only helped us in capturing customers' feedback, but also in effectively engaging with them. Post FMS deployment at all our hospitals in Chennai and in select hospitals in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Ahmedabad, we now plan to implement FMS at our other hospitals in India." The initiative will now be replicated to other Hospitals of the Group."
Commenting on the successful deployment of this project, Mr. Sridharan Mani, Director & CEO, American Megatrends India, said, "It is a huge honour to get this project from Apollo. This project bears testimony to Apollo's endeavors to continually better its customer experience management. This project has set a new benchmark for the customer service excellence in hospitals, in India. We look forward to extending this solution to players in the hotel, airline and retail space."
American Megatrends will be showcasing the Feedback Management System in the 4thInternational Conference on Transforming Healthcare with IT that will take place in September 6th and 7th in Hyderabad, India.
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Rockland Hospital Launches its Cardiac Department
New Delhi, Delhi, India, Wednesday, August 28, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Mrs Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs inaugurated the Cardiac Department today at the Rockland Hospital, Qutab institutional area, South Delhi. Led by Dr Harsh Wardhan, Chairman Cardiology, the Rockland Cardiac leadership team comprises Dr DK Jhamb, Executive Director, Dr Pradeep Nambiar, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, Dr BK Dubey, Director, Dr Hemant Gandhi and Dr Pankaj Ranjan.
The addition of a full fledged Cardio department by the Rockland Hospitals group in its Qutab institutional area facility is yet another step in upgrading the facilities at its oldest unit in line with the group's newly created hospitals at Manesar and Dwarka, which have been built to international standards.
Mrs Preneet Kaur congratulated the Rockland Hospitals team for creating a chain of tertiary care hospitals in the Delhi NCR and appreciated the group's efforts at creating a healthcare delivery mechanism which will take healthcare services to patients at remote locations in India and other developing countries. She highlighted the importance of diagnostics at remote locations through a technology interface and a need for quality healthcare delivery up to village levels at affordable costs.
Rajesh Srivastava, Chairman, Rockland Hospitals, said that "the foreign exchange earning potential in this sector is very high. India is already a leading nation in Asia and can become the No 1 destination in Asia on the strength of its quality doctors and upcoming world class infrastructure. The healthcare sector also offers a huge opportunity for the young Indians to be globally employed as the Indian doctors and nurses are already internationally respected for their competence."
Rockland Medical Corridor
As a part of their expansion plans, the Rockland Hospitals Group is building a medical corridor to cover the entire Delhi NCR from Manesar on the western side to Noida on the eastern side. Three multi speciality hospitals with a total beds capacity of over 800 beds have already been launched and are fully operational at Manesar, Dwarka and South Delhi. Land for the Noida unit has already been acquired and the plans are on to complete this hospital by 2015-16. The Medical Corridor in addition to the hospitals will also have a Medical College at Manesar and a Para Medical College at Noida.
Rockland Health Network
Rockland Group is looking at inorganic growth by building a network model of healthcare delivery as a part of their long term expansion plans. This will be done through a five layered model connecting the Rockland tertiary care hospitals with small hospitals, nursing homes and clinics with the last leg connectivity through health volunteers. This model will be replicated in a phased manner to cover the entire North and North East India. "The Health Network creation process will begin towards the end of this year" said Rajesh Srivastava, Chairman, Rockland Hospitals Group.
The benefits of the network healthcare delivery model will be in several forms. A centralized reporting centre managed by highly qualified doctors can analyze diagnostic images and lab samples from remote locations which can reduce the cost of medicare significantly through correct diagnosis. Hiring of experts and super specialists in remote locations is a huge challenge for small hospitals and can prove to be very costly also. The network model resolves this challenge for small hospitals, doctors and the patients by simply linking up through a technology interface.
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CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution at Erlanger Children’s Hospital Optimizes Image Quality for Pediatric X-ray Exams
Advanced Long-Length Imaging Software Stitches Images Together with A High Degree of Geometric Accuracy
Mumbai, India, August, 2013 - Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) recently implemented a CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution with Carestream’s long-length imaging software to optimize image quality for all types of X-ray images including long-length exams for pediatric surgeons and other specialists. In addition to trauma and intensive care services, the hospital offers pediatric specialists in all major areas of care including orthopaedics, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and oncology.
“We equipped our DRX-Evolution with high-resolution cesium iodide detectors to enhance image quality and help reduce dose. Our specialists immediately commented on the additional level of detail they are able in see in the X-ray images,” said Byron Stutz, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger’s Chief Radiologic Technologist.
The radiology department conducts hundreds of long-length images each month for joint surveys, and for diagnosing and treating conditions including scoliosis, hip dysplasia and other abnormalities. “We see congenital conditions as well as those caused by injuries or obesity,” said Stutz. “Carestream’s long-length imaging system stitches the captured images with a high degree of resolution and geometric accuracy. Our surgeons and orthopaedic specialists are pleased with the quality of these images, which is an improvement over long-length CR images.”
Carestream software adjusts the exposure discrepancies between images and compensates for the latitude differences, therefore providing presentation that is individually optimized for each CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution at Erlanger Children’s Hospital Optimizes Image Quality for Pediatric X-ray Exams
image and its corresponding anatomical region. The image-processing algorithm then stitches the individually optimized images together to create a smooth and seamless composite image for diagnosis.
The CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution DR Room is a versatile digital radiography system with configurable, modular components that combine to fit the space, workflow and budget requirements of each healthcare facility. This system can perform a wide variety of general radiographic exams with convenience, productivity and patient comfort. Optional cesium iodide DRX-1C detectors offer high DQE (detective quantum efficiency) and can lower X-ray exposure when compared to CR cassettes or gadolinium scintillator detectors.
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Distinguished Jury to Decide the Final Award Recipients for Frost & Sullivan's 5th Annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards 2013, 27th September 2013, The Lalit Hotel, Mumbai
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- It is time to recognize excellence in the Indian Healthcare Industry. Frost & Sullivan is proud to announce the distinguished Jury that will chair and decide the final achievers from the Healthcare industry at its forthcoming event titled - 5th Annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards 2013, to be held on 27th September 2013 at The Lalit Hotel, Mumbai.
Announcing the Jury, Sandeep Sinha, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, "We are delighted to announce our esteemed panel of jury members, who are selected basis tremendous wealth of their individual experiences and knowledge. The jury members consist of eminent thought leaders, senior experienced doctors, and industry veterans from various healthcare segments."
The esteemed panel of Jury members assessing the awards this year are as follows:
Dr. Alan Almeida, Section Coordinator, Consulting Nephrologist and Transplant Physician, Hinduja Hospital
Dr. Amit Varma, Founding Managing Partner, Quadria Capital Investment Advisors Private Limited
Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, President and Consultant Radiologist, SRL Diagnostics - Jankharia Imaging, President Elect, Indian Radiology and Imaging Association (IRIA)
Dr. Chander Bhasin, CEO, Healthcare (SMG), Sahara India Pariwar
Mr. D G Shah, Secretary - General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance
Dr. Harish Ahuja, Chief Head of Pathology, Head of Bio-chemistry Dept, Blood-Bank In-charge and Head of Radio-Immunoassay and Toxicology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Center
Mr. Manish Mehta, Managing Director, Samara Capital
Mr. Nitin Deshmukh, Founding Member and CEO, Kotak Private Equity
Mr. Suresh N, Group Editor and Senior Vice President, Biospectrum
Dr. Tester Ashavaid, Consultant Biochemist and Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Joint Director Research, Hinduja Hospital
Dr. Uday Patil, Consultant Radiologist and Advisor to MD and CEO, Medall Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Dr. Umesh Khanna, Consultant Nephrologist, Chairman - Mumbai Kidney Foundation,
Mr. Vamesh Chovatia, Managing Director, New Enterprise Associate India Pvt Ltd
Frost & Sullivan follows a rigorous methodology in shortlisting and selecting companies who make a difference to the Indian Healthcare industry. A detailed evaluation of shortlisted companies is then carried out based on actual market performance indicators that are measured on parameters given below. Exceptions to variations on specific measurements may apply in certain categories. Base year for benchmark study is financial year 2012-2013.
-- Revenue and market share growth
-- Proof of success in executing a restructuring strategy
-- Geographical and product/service line expansions
-- Marketing, promotion, and visibility of the company
-- Value-added services
-- Evidence of success through strategy innovation and acquisitions
-- Technological innovation and clinical excellence
-- Increased name recognition through awards and accreditation
The recipients for the 'Frost & Sullivan 5th Annual India Healthcare Excellence Awards 2013' will be recognized across the following Award titles. These also include two Special Awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year
Imaging Company of the Year
Dialysis Solutions Company of the Year
In-Vitro Diagnostics Company of the Year
Emerging Medical Equipment Company of the Year
Indigenous Medical Consumables Company of the Year
Sterilization Services Company of the Year
Dialysis Service Provider Company of the Year
Diagnostic Service Provider Company of the Year
Alternative Medicine & Wellness Service Provider Company of the Year
Hair Restoration Service Provider Company of the Year
IVF Service Provider Company of the Year
Healthcare Service Provider Company of the Year
Multinational Pharmaceutical Company of the Year
Emerging Bio-Pharmaceutical Company of the Year
Oral Anti-Diabetic Company of the Year
Promising Pharmaceutical R&D Company of the Year
Pharmaceutical Brand of the Year (New Launch)
If you wish to know more about the Awards program, contact Ravinder Kaur/Akshata Mhatre email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org or E-mail: email@example.com. For more details, visit www.frost.com/hcawards2013
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Dr. Lal PathLabs Taps IBM Big Data Insights to Improve Quality of Health Care
New Delhi, Delhi, India, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- IBM engagement helps LPL integrate service and operations to better support its 30,000 daily patients, using Big Data insights to reduce risk while improving turnaround time
IBM today announced that Dr. Lal PathLabs (LPL), a pioneer in diagnostic services in India, is leveraging IBM consulting services to improve the quality of information and service to its patients, becoming one of the few labs in the country with a centralized view of patient information across its laboratories and Patient Service Centers.
With global expansion plans, LPL wanted to transform its existing data system into a knowledge stream with collaboration tools across 80 locations that increase quality of patient reports, research, development and productivity. IBM helped LPL to select and implement the right system to transform their laboratory information management process, thereby improving the reliability of sampling processes, meeting regulatory compliance and industry standards, and providing comprehensive reporting, monitoring and analysis capabilities.
Since going live in 4 months, the solution has already integrated over 25 highly-specialized departments and 250 instruments, served thousands of patients, processed millions of samples/reports, while supporting critical business needs, migrating data to a new application, and imparting training to hundreds of end users and administrators, both in India and abroad.
As pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies seek more cost-effective, efficient technologies to help them meet customer expectations and ensure regulatory compliance, it is a business imperative to have a customizable information management system. Working with IBM, LPL can integrate, automate and optimize data for new insights and also make it cost effective, scalable and secure.
"Sourcing and analyzing Big Data in real-time from multiple sources is a growing challenge across industries. With the right combination of technology and services, organizations like LPL can take advantage of the increased availability of data to improve patient service and care, achieving the very highest industry standards," said Jeby Cherian, Vice President and Managing Partner, Global Business Services, IBM India/South Asia.
"We serve over 30,000 patients per day, resulting in more than 90,000 samples per day. It was imperative for LPL to apply this large pool of data to improve the experience of our customers," said Dr. Om P Manchanda, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lal PathLabs. "IBM's industry expertise and deep domain knowledge helped us derive real time insights to improve collaboration and boost growth across the company."
"Technology trends such as the easy access to the internet from any device, and big data have changed how patients consume information. These changes are very visible with labs emailing reports, archiving and giving online access to patients. We needed to stay ahead of the curve and offer services that will build loyalty and repeat business." said Munender Soperna, Head-IT, Dr. Lal PathLabs.
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BGS Global Hospitals Hosts First of its Kind Innovative Collaborative Workshop in the Country
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- -- iENT Conference and Live Surgical Symposium set a common platform for Consultants in ENT and ophthalmology to improve patient care services
-- To help clinicians enhance knowledge paving the way for better diagnosis, treatment and patient outcomes
BGS Global Hospitals hosted the first of its kind "iENT Conference and Live Surgical Symposium" that brought together 2 specialties - ENT and Ophthalmology early this week. Through this program, BGS Global Hospitals provided a unique platform to bring together Otolaryngologists and ophthalmologists, facilitate mutual knowledge sharing between the two branches and thus having far reaching impact towards better patient care and treatment outcomes.
Dr. D R Srinivas, Consultant - ENT, BGS Global Hospitals, said, "ENT and Ophthalmology have a long and congenial professional relationship in the development of their mutual specialties over many years. Starting off as one branch several decades ago, we later moved on to develop their individual specialties owing to rapid advancements in each field."
"However, plenty of the problems encountered in routine practice involve expertise from both specialties because of the proximity of the Eye to the Nose and also sharing of functions. These problems include: eye complications of sinusitis, problems of the tear glands, tumours and trauma to eye, optic nerve decompression, and complications of endoscopic sinus surgery."
Dr. Vishal Rao, Consultant - Head and Neck Surgeon, BGS Global Hospitals stated, "Nose and sinus cancers often tend to involve the eye ball. Over the years there have been several advances in surgical techniques including endoscopes that help us to preserve eye ball and vision. In addition, eye tumors in children can be treated very effectively with chemotherapy and radiotherapy while preserving vision. iENT is a unique platform for us to exchange and share knowledge to improve patient outcomes in the treatment of eye tumors."
Both specialties have their own expertise to contribute to these common problems. In many cases it is in the best interest of the patient if both specialties consult and contribute their knowledge, experience, and techniques in these cases.
The special highlights of this program were:
1) National and state faculty from reputed institutions across the country including Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Jain ENT Center, Jaipur, etc addressed 120 doctors who attended the workshop.
3) Specialised surgeries were performed by ENT surgeons with Ophthalmologists
4) PG and consultant awards for innovations in the common field were given away
5) Presentation on Bionic eye - A visual prosthesis, often referred to as a bionic eye, is an experimental visual device intended to restore functional vision in those suffering from partial or total blindness.
Carestream Receives FDA Clearance for New Technology That Produces High Quality, Low Dose Pediatric X-ray Exams
Small Format Digital Radiography Detector Also Offers Significant Advantages for Orthopaedic and General Radiology X-ray Images
Carestream Health continued its leadership in medical X-ray imaging technology by announcing FDA clearance for a new wireless digital radiography detector designed to offer high quality, low dose X-ray exams for pediatric, orthopaedic and general radiology applications. The new detector is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2013.
“This smaller detector can enhance patient care for premature babies and infants in the pediatric ICU. It can fit into a tray located underneath an incubator, so technologists can obtain the images needed to monitor the condition of these fragile babies without moving them—which is an important benefit,” said Helen Titus, Carestream’s Worldwide X-ray Solutions Marketing Director.
She added that hospitals can also use the new detector to capture extremity and other general radiography exams. Its smaller size (25 cm x 30 cm) and high DQE (detective quantum efficiency), can lead to lower dose than computed radiography cassettes or gadolinium scintillator detectors.
In orthopaedic and general radiographic imaging, its smaller size and light weight aids in positioning for tabletop exams such as knee, elbow, skull and other exams that may require a patient to hold the detector or require a smaller field of view.
Like Carestream’s DRX-1 and DRX-1C detectors, the new DRX 2530C detector can be used with any member of the DRX family of room-based and mobile imaging systems. This flexibility is part of Carestream’s commitment to enhance productivity and maximize each healthcare provider’s investment in imaging technology.
“The new DRX 2530C detector addressed a need voiced by healthcare providers worldwide for a smaller detector that could deliver important imaging advantages in pediatric and orthopaedic environments,” said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream. “We will continue to expand our highly rated DRX imaging systems with new capabilities that address the patient care requirements of imaging services providers and their patients.”
Carestream also offers advanced image processing software that is used to optimize image quality for pediatric patients. The software includes seven patient sizes as specified by FDA guidelines for pediatric exams.
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Singapore International Healthcare Week 2013, 19-21 August 2013, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
In search of the best practices from the region and the world, Singapore International Healthcare Week 2013 is the platform for healthcare leaders to seek out ideas, inspirations and innovations on developing forward looking strategies and becoming world class healthcare institutions.
Jointly organized by SPHERE Conferences and SingHealth, SIHW2013 aims to be the anchor event that elevates Singapore’s status as a leading medical and healthcare hub. With fast changing needs of consumers and healthcare trends, this annual event will address pressing issues relevant to synergizing Asia’s healthcare framework.
Singapore International Healthcare Week 2013 (19 - 21 August 2013)
Singapore International Healthcare Week is jointly organized by SingHealth and Sphere Conferences – subsidiary of SPH. The main objective of this event is to bring encourage regional exchange of expertise and know-how to achieve a common goal of improving the quality for healthcare in Asia. This mega event consists of 1 exhibition – Singapore International Healthcare Expo, 4 congresses and 1 FREE on-floor seminar.
Singapore International Healthcare Expo 2013 (SIHE 2013)
SIHE 2013 is Asia’s one stop platform for the healthcare sector featuring the entire value chain of suppliers and vendors. Dedicated to bringing new solutions and ideas from around the region, SIHE will showcase the latest medical equipment and supplies, human resource solutions, innovations in information technology, pharmaceutical and food service solutions.
To find out how to showcase your solutions at SIngapore International Healthcare Expo, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +65 6848 6058 today!
Food Services in Healthcare 2013
Food Services in Healthcare Summit is Asia’s first of its kind conference created specially for food service and catering directors and managers, covering topics on food service systems in healthcare, menu planning, food service innovation and producing quality outcomes.
If you would like to share a case study on your hospital’s successful food service system, please call MsMaisie Tan at +65 6848 6058 or email her at Maisie@sphereconferences.com .
For complete information on the above events please visit website at www.sihw.com.sg
Suresh Shetty calls for public private partnership in Indian healthcare industry
~The Round Table meeting on India Russia Health Tourism and Medical Technologies Co-operation brought out interesting insights on areas of mutual co-operation~
Mumbai, 29th May 2013: WTC Mumbai, AIAI and Russia India Trade House Mumbai organized a round table meeting on the Healthcare System in India, at the financial capital of Mumbai. Present at the meet was Mr. Suresh Shetty, Minister of Protocol and Public Health, Government of Maharashtra, who noted that the healthcare industry in India and Russia has undergone a significant change in the last 15 to 20 years with new research, updated technology and new systems.
However he outlined many prominent issues like the shortage of human resources such as doctors, nurses and paramedics as well as the rising costs of medical health services in the private sector. He appealed to the private sector to join hands with the government to provide charitable services for the needy. Private hospitals should adhere to the stipulated guidelines of 20% free medical service and a contribution of 2% revenues towards medical facilities for the poor. Institutes unwilling to abide by these conditions may function as corporate hospitals sans benefits, he added.
India in the recent past has been focusing on health as one of the key departments for development. Focusing on rural health, Mr. Shetty said that many initiatives such as the National Rural Health Mission work towards upgrading rural medical infrastructure. Going forward, India should adopt innovations in the health sector such as telemedicine, research in cardiology and oncology along with updated medical technologies.
Alexander Lukianov, the Head of the PR Directorate of Moscow Foreign Economic and International Relations Department stated that today’s meet shall open avenues for ground level co-operation for the Indian and Russian medical fraternities. Our visit to Indian hospitals has helped us gain first hand understanding and assessment about their functioning. The Moscow government gives great importance to the co- operation between the doctors, specialists, health services and hospitals between the two countries.
H.E. Alexey Novikov, Counsul General of Russian Federation in Mumbai to India was present on the occasion. He stated that the Government of Moscow and India work together on many sectors and promote bilateral trade. Today’s meet has demonstrated tremendous potential for mutual collaboration in the healthcare sector among others.
Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President of All India Association of Industries said that the India- Russia bilateral trade stands at US $ 11 Billion. The initiatives by WTC Mumbai & AIAI, such as the Russia- India Trade House Mumbai aim to cross bilateral trade worth US $ 20 Billion by 2015. As of date, healthcare is a very small portion of the India- Russia international trade. Today’s meet shall take forward business in the healthcare segment as well, enabling the two countries to move forward together.
Important dignitaries such as Meeta Rajivlochan, Secretary Public Health Government of Maharashtra, Alexander Alexey, the Deputy Counsul General of Russian Federation in Mumbai and management personnel from renowned hospitals such as Jaslok Hospital, Bombay Hospital, Wockhard Hospital, Hinduja Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Saifee Hospital, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Lilavati Hospital and the NM Medical Institute were present.
Mr. Y. R. Warerkar, Executive Director, WTC Mumbai and Ms. Rupa Naik, Executive Director, AIAI felicitated the Russian delegation which is in Mumbai for a two day visit and shall be paying a visit to hospitals and Medical Institutes in the city. At the ceremony’s conclusion, Ms. Rupa Naik proposed the vote of thanks.
Image 2: Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President of All India Association of Industries felicitating H.E. Alexey Novikov, Counsul General of Russian Federation in Mumbai at the Round Table meeting on India Russia Health Tourism and Medical Technologies Co-operation organized by WTC Mumbai, AIAI and Russia India Trade House Mumbai. Others: Mr. Suresh Shetty, Minister of Protocol and Public Health, Government of Maharashtra
Image 3: Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President of All India Association of Industries and Mr. Suresh Shetty, Minister of Protocol and Public Health, Government of Maharashtra during a Round Table meeting on India Russia Health Tourism and Medical Technologies Co-operation organized by WTC Mumbai, AIAI and Russia India Trade House Mumbai
Image 4: Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President of All India Association of Industries felicitating Mr. Suresh Shetty, Minister of Protocol and Public Health, Government of Maharashtra during a Round Table meeting on India Russia Health Tourism and Medical Technologies Co-operation organized by WTC Mumbai, AIAI and Russia India Trade House Mumbai
Image 5: From L-R: Alexander Lukianov, the Head of the PR Directorate of Moscow Foreign Economic and International Relations Department, H.E. Alexey Novikov, Counsul General of Russian Federation in Mumbai, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai and President of All India Association of Industries and Ms. Meeta Rajivlochan, Secretary Public Health Government of Maharashtra during a Round Table meeting on India Russia Health Tourism and Medical Technologies Co-operation organized by WTC Mumbai, AIAI and Russia India Trade House Mumbai
Courtesy Press Release :Crisscross Communication
Carestream Ships More Than 6,000 Wireless DR Detectors
Company Continues to Introduce New DRX Systems and Detectors to Meet the Digital Imaging Needs of Healthcare Providers
Mumbai, India, May, 2013 — Carestream Health has shipped more than 6,000 DRX detectors since launching the CARESTREAM DRX-1, a revolutionary wireless X-ray detector used in surgical suites, ER/ICU and radiology departments—as well as clinics, imaging centers, nursing homes and field military hospitals. The DRX-1 detector delivers high-quality, affordable digital X-ray images in about four seconds.
“Our wireless DRX detectors and DRX systems deliver exceptional image quality while simultaneously improving productivity and controlling costs,” said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “These attributes enable healthcare providers of all sizes to enhance patient care while adapting to lower reimbursements.”
The company’s family of DRX-based systems help streamline workflow, improve productivity and enhance patient care in both in-room and mobile environments. Carestream’s DRX-based portfolio includes the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System, CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit kit, CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution suite, CARESTREAM DRX-Transportable System, CARESTREAM DRX-Ascend System.
The DRX family also includes a second detector, the cesium iodide-based CARESTREAM DRX-1C, that offers exceptional image quality and improved DQE (detective quantum efficiency). The DRX-1C detector’s superior image quality makes it an ideal fit for orthopedic, trauma, pediatric and other specialty environments.
Carestream has also demonstrated a smaller-format 25 cm x 30 cm CARESTREAM DRX 2530C Detector* as a work in progress. The smaller detector is designed to fit into pediatric incubator trays and offer higher DQE (detective quantum efficiency), which can lead to lower dose requirements than CR cassettes or gadolinium scintillator detectors. The new DRX 2530C detector is intended for use with the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution or CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits for mobile imaging of neonatal or pediatric patients or with the DRX-Evolution and DRX-Ascend for orthopedic applications and other tabletop imaging that can benefit from a smaller detector.
Patient care in ED, ICU, pediatric ICU and other environments is enhanced with an innovative Tube and Line/Pneumothorax Visualization feature that uses a single exposure to display an enhanced companion image. This companion image can be enhanced for a clear view of tubes and PICC lines or to accentuate the appearance of free air in the chest cavity. Allowing physicians to verify correct line placements in seconds or identify the presence of a pneumothorax helps improve patient care and comfort, while simultaneously reducing the need for multiple imaging exams and multiple exposures.
Carestream’s DRX detectors work with existing X-ray equipment and can easily be moved to any DRX room or mobile DRX system, a feature referred to as the “X-Factor.” Healthcare providers can also move the detectors to new imaging systems when existing x-ray systems become outdated.
*Pending 510(k) Clearance.
Imperia Health Propels Mid-Size Hospitals Towards Sustainability
New Delhi, Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Last evening Imperia Health Pvt. Ltd. a first of its kind Hospitals Operations Management Company for Mid-Size Hospitals in India, hosted a panel discussion at Hotel Oberoi, New Delhi. The discussion was lead by Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman & Managing Director Medanta, Medicity; Mr. Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief Indian Express; Dr. Giridhar Gyani, Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers India; Mr Shiv Khera, Motivational Speaker. These experts conducted a detailed discussion on the declining market of mid-size Hospitals and its effects over the population and healthcare indicators for the country. The event was attended by a large gathering of distinguished medical professionals, leaders from different industries and media personalities.
The discussion started over the emerging demand for better health care facilities and advanced solutions in the field of medicine. Indian health care sector is estimated to reach US$ 100 billion by 2015, growing 20 per cent year-on-year, as per rating agency Fitch.
Yet, paradoxically there is a large number of Small and Mid-size Hospitals of different capacities that remain grossly under subscribed.
While mid size segment that contributes to about 25% of the overall market, there has been a year-on-year decline due to a number of issues, which include lowering confidence of the society on safety and quality issues in these facilities. On the other hand, the large and corporate hospitals that contribute about 7% of bed capacity, are gaining in popularity and people are ready to travel from far-away places for treatment of even common ailments. The increased incidence of chronic lifestyle diseases and lack of concurrent growth in the public sector hospitals has driven even the lower middle class patients to spend beyond their means at the corporate hospitals in order to receive reliable services of good doctors.
To provide good and safe health care services at affordable cost IPE Global, a multi-disciplinary consulting company has seeded a unique model of Hospital Operations Management through its venture Imperia Health Pvt. Ltd. This venture is conceived and sponsored by leading clinicians and health sector leaders of the country. It aims at assisting, managing and partnering with a network of health care establishments in the small and mid size range to especially catering to the needs of all economic strata's of the society. The model will play a crucial role in driving hospitals that are on the decline in Tier 1 & 2 cities towards sustainability through Manpower Management, Asset Management, Marketing and Quality Assurance. The venture will also support new entrants to set up green field projects matching the demand and quality of services required.
The strategists behind Imperia Health Pvt. Ltd. and its Board of Directors include Mr. Ashwajit Singh, Chairman & MD, IPE Global; Dr. Harsh Mahajan, MD, Mahajan Imaging Pvt. Ltd; Dr. Randhir Sud, leading Digestive and Heapatobiliary Expert; Dr. Rajiv Parikh, a well known Peripheral Vascular & Endovascular Specialist; Dr. Ashok Vaid, Oncology & Haemotology veteran, Mr Vishal Marwah, Partner Henderson PE.They aim at facilitating a progressive transformation in the way mid and small size hospitals operate in India.
Mr. Ashwajit Singh, MD, IPE Global stated, "Imperia Health's approach to Hospital Operations Management is to identify improvement opportunities in key areas. This is done through the use of collaborative approach that integrates management and staff into the process to ensure sustainability and continued improvement. The client-led and functional Specialists' driven methodology would be introduced that allows management to leverage their time efficiently so that day-to-day operations don't get impacted. The Imperia model does not envisage change of ownership but providing additional management support to these hospitals in the areas of strengthening their systems, processes, manpower planning & training, financial management, administration and marketing. Our marketing, standardisation and branding solutions help influence the external environment facilitating segmentation, tie-ups, networking, visibility and advocacy."
Dr. Naresh Trehan stated, "Healthcare in India has transitioned from family doctors, local or community hospitals to the corporate hospitals over the years. The problem that we are facing today is that there is a dearth of front-line hospitals that can cater to the middle and lower strata of society with efficient and affordable health facilities and treatment. A majority of our population that comprises of these people is therefore left with no choice but to go to treasury hospitals as a result of which hospitals like AIIMS, Safdarjung etc. are booked to full capacity. Imperia Health can play an assured role of building and creating a network of mid-size hospitals with better assistance in daily operations. Our healthcare management services can outshine people running the sector presently who lack proper knowledge of accountability, hygiene and cost maintenance."
Dr. Harsh Mahajan, MD, Mahajan Imaging Pvt. Ltd. elaborated, "Almost one-fourth of mid-size & multi-super specialty hospitals in India are on the verge of collapse and are either shutting shop or seeking mergers or sell out. While corporate hospitals are cashing on this trend, it is the middle and lower income groups that are finding it hard to meet their health requirements due to financial constraints. Imperia Health Pvt. Ltd. is set to cater to this section of the society with its model of Hospital Operations Management. It targets such declining hospitals to improve their manpower, infrastructure, capacity for treatment and ability to deal with emergency and terminal cases."
Dr. Randhir Sud, Chairman, Institute of Hepatobiliary Sciences, Medanta added, "The market is ripe for the entry of a leading enabler and provider of high quality affordable healthcare services in the mid and small range health care providers. Imperia plays a pivotal role as it aims at providing best and safe services to middle class patients at their door steps. Imperia would act as a huge support to the middle and lower strata of the society with its high quality services at reasonable prices."
Dr. Girdhar J Gyani the well known quality expert of India and driver for NABH standards, now heading the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) (AHPI), expressed concerns over the declining financial performance of the mid-size community hospitals and emphasized the need for introducing professional management systems into these assets along with focused training inputs for ensuring patient safety and quality issues. He stated that his association is also working towards strategizing means to make available capacity building system for these hospitals.
Speaking at the occasions, Mr. Shiv Khera also emphasized that it is the need of the hour that these mid size hospitals are given due focus for developing the skills of the staff and are trained towards higher motivation levels for fulfilling the goals of the health sector.
Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman & Managing Director, Narayan Hrudayalaya in a message to Imperia Team, stated, "The path you have chosen is vitally important for the endurance of health sector in India. Large healthcare players together do not even form 1% of the total number of beds in this country. Majority of the players run with 30-60 beds and they are the ones who offer healthcare to majority of the population. It is important that professional help is available to them the way you are planning. I would wish you all the success in your endeavour."
Through its practical and all encompassing method of improvement, Imperia Health's Hospital Operations Management Services is set to resurrect the healthcare sector in India.
Frost & Sullivan Presents Carestream With 2013 Asia Pacific Market Leadership Award
Company’s Digital Radiology Business Recognized for Solid Customer Success
Mumbai, India, April 2013 — Frost & Sullivan, a premier global research company, has again recognized Carestream Health for market growth, this time with its 2013 Asia Pacific Market Penetration Leadership Award for the Digital & Computed Radiography Market.
Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the fastest rate of change of market share within its industry from one year to the next. The award recognizes how fast a company increases its penetration of a market relative to its competitors, in terms of revenues or units, and is a measure of its success in taking market share away from its competitors from one year to the next.
“Carestream’s DRX technology is a successful product that aided in market penetration in the region. It accommodates clinical needs and financial capabilities of the radiology departments, allowing facilities to go digital while still retaining their existing analogue system without the need for additional retrofits,” said Poornima Srinivasan, Consultant at Frost & Sullivan.
Carestream has received several high-profile awards from Frost & Sullivan in recent years, proof of the company’s commitment to innovation and customer focus. “We are honored to receive this recognition that highlights our growth in this region,” said David Chambers, General Manager, Asia Cluster, Carestream. “Our market success is built on exceptional customer service, exciting new product development and focused marketing initiatives that have resulted in more healthcare providers choosing Carestream for a long-term partnership.”
Carestream’s DRX detectors can easily be integrated with existing portable or room-based analog systems. DRX-based systems also produce exceptional diagnostic image quality, which helps reduce repeat exams and can lead to higher levels of patient care.
“Carestream’s DRX technology was clearly designed to address both clinical needs and financial realities,” said Gillian Tickall, Chief Radiographer, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. “When it comes to evaluating the value of our conversion to DR, I look at it in terms of its ability to allow more time for my radiographers to spend with the patient, decreasing the pain effect on the patient and also have the ability to see the image instantaneously. It does mean that we can get more patients through while still achieving a better patient experience and better outcome."
Carestream’s New DRYVIEW 5950 Laser Imaging System Available for Order
Tabletop Laser Imager for General Radiology, Mammography Imaging Applications
Mumbai, India, March, 2013 — Carestream launched its new DRYVIEW 5950 Laser Imaging System which is now available for order in India. The advanced imager produces 508 pixels-per-inch output for general radiology and mammography images.
The new imager can support efficient printing and time-saving film cartridges that can benefit healthcare providers of all sizes in India. The DRYVIEW 5950 laser imager also can deliver an enhanced quality control system for mammography images.
This innovative internal quality control system that includes a built-in densitometer will produce test prints and display data needed to support mammography quality control charting—which can eliminate the need for an external densitometer and can greatly reduce the time required for mammography quality control.
Carestream’s imager offers DICOM connectivity and can be used to output images from a PACS network or from any DICOM modality. Carestream’s Smart Link remote technology solutions can remotely provide software updates and enables real-time response and analysis of service issues from a remote location.
The DRYVIEW 5950 laser imager will offer two film cartridges on-line and will support five film sizes: 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm), 14 x 14 inch (35 x 35 cm), 11 x 14 inch (28 x 35 cm), 10 x 12 inch (25 x 30 cm) and 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25 cm). Daylight-loading film cartridges make changing sizes fast and easy, and the imager can output up to 110 films per hour for 8 x 10 inch images.
This new imager complements Carestream’s family of printers which currently includes: DRYVIEW 6850 Laser Imaging System, DRYVIEW 5700 Laser Imaging Systemand DRYVIEW Chroma Imaging System.
Dr. Devi Shetty Bags the IMC Juran Quality Medal 2012
The IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Awards & IMC Juran Quality Medal for 2012
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Friday, March 15, 2013 -- (Business Wire India)
In order to recognize excellence, IMC’s Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award Trust presented IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Awards & IMC Juran Quality Medal on March 13, 2013 at YB Chavan Center. The awards were given by the Chief Guest for the ceremony, Hon'ble Dr Justice C S Dharmadhikari.
The winner for the 2012 IMC Juran Quality Medal was Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals. The IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Awards were presented to 25 organizations from Manufacturing, Service, Small Business and Education.
Trophy winners of the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Awards 2012 were:
-- Emami Ltd, North Guwahati (Manufacturing)
-- Global Indian International School, Balestier Campus, Singapore (Education)
-- Life Care, Indore (Small Business)
-- SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (Service)
In his welcome address, Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, President, IMC, said, “It is with pleasure that we recall the role of Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj as a business leader. He was a crusader for ethics in business, social welfare and consumer protection. He established the Council for Fair Business Practices to facilitate his crusade. He believed in Customer-driven quality. It was therefore appropriate that the IMC Quality Award was christened after one of the most trustworthy captains of Indian Industry. At the Chamber, we view the IMC RBNQA performance excellence initiative as a catalyst for nation building. It is also the most engaging offering from IMC.”
Speaking on the award, Mr. Niraj Bajaj, Chairman, IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award Trust, said, “Being committed to a customer is probably the most critical strategy for any organization to survive in a turbulent global environment. The IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award criteria emphasizes precisely this dimension for success.”
Chief Guest, Hon'ble Dr Justice C S Dharmadhikari said, “We never heard about fair business practices during our school and college days until Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj started talking about it.” “I request all those who received awards in various categories to remember and make a commitment to live up to the vision of Late Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj,” he concluded.
Mr. Viren Prasad Shetty, Sr. President, Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals accepted the award on behalf of his father Dr. Devi Shetty who could not make it to the function. “Technology gives the rich what they already have and the poor something which they could never get. We have to invest a lot in technology and this award will make us achieve our goals faster,” read Dr. Shetty’s message.
Dr. Kamini Rao Awarded the Swasth Bharath Samman Award
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Monday, March 18, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- On the occasion of International Women's Day, Dr. Kamini Rao, Medical Director , BACC Healthcare & Leading Gynecologist & Infertility Specialist was awarded the Swasth Bharat Samman, 2012, in the Gynecology Category, by Honourable Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad at a ceremonious gathering of distinguished people from different walks of life .
On receiving the award, Dr. Kamini Rao, said, "Receiving this recognition is an honour which I am really proud of. If my work has somehow, made people's lives a little better, then I feel like it has been a huge success. I have lived my passion, which has been giving the gift of a child to those unfortunate enough not to be able to have one on their own. The inability to bear a child is regarded as a curse, especially in India, where women still bear the brunt of social ostracism for something that very often is no fault of theirs. The joy that me and my team have brought to such couples is something that I cannot put down in words".
The Swasth Bharath Samman Award is a National award constituted to recognize and felicitate towering personalities who have made immense contribution to healthcare sector in the country.
Temasek Holdings Invests in HCG Enterprises Ltd.
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Monday, March 11, 2013 -- (Business Wire India)
HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited, (HCG), the Specialist in Cancer Care, today announced that Temasek Holdings, a Singapore based investment company, has become a shareholder in the company.
Temasek joins existing investors, Premji Invest, an investment entity owned by Mr. Azim Premji, and Milestone Religare in a primary equity issuance by the Company. Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, which has been an investor in HCG since 2007, will be exiting their investment to Temasek in the Company.
“We are happy to bring on board an equity partner of the stature of Temasek as we begin the next phase of growth. Temasek’s global perspective and long term interest in healthcare makes them a valuable partner. We also welcome Dr. Jennifer Lee to our board and look forward to benefiting from her vast experiences in health management and policy”, said Dr. B.S. Ajaikumar, Chairman and CEO of HCG Enterprises Ltd.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to invest in HCG, who have redefined cancer care in India," said Rohit Sipahimalani, Head- India, Temasek Holdings.
e-Radiograph offers a platform for radiologists to share best practices in medical imaging
Carestream Health’s one-of-a-kind scientific, bi-yearly e-book provides the radiology community with the latest studies and news on innovations in the industry
Mumbai, India, February, 2013 — As part of Carestream’s Radiology Education Services (CRES) in India, the company recently launched e-Radiograph, a scientific bi-yearly journal in a e-book format. The main objective of this one-of-a-kind initiative is to provide the radiology professionals with the latest news on innovations and best practices in radiology. Mr Prabir Chatterjee, Managing Director, Carestream Health India elaborates, “Our objective behind launching e-Radiograph is to establish a knowledge sharing platform which is easily accessible for all radiologists. It fits perfectly our strategy to always provide the radiology community with leading edge knowledge and information that will help them in their practice.”
To access the journal, one can simply log on to www.carestream.in/eradiograph and subscribe, free-of-charge, to the current and subsequent issues. The e-book format allows busy medical professionals to access this comprehensive educational tool from anywhere, even while commuting.
The content of e-Radiograph is carefully evaluated and researched. Topics are selected based on feedback from practicing radiologists. Every issue will cover a different topic of interest and in order to bring out different views and perspectives, every issue will feature the work of different radiologists acting as guest editors.
Dr Anirudh Kohli, Head of Radiology, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, is the guest editor of the launch issue in which he covers the interesting topic of bowel imaging in great detail.
Since its recent launch in January 2013, e-Radiograph has already garnered a positive response. Mr Prabir Chatterjee concludes, “Since we focus on interesting topics, collaborate with respected medical radiologists, and tap into our readers’ needs, we are confident that e-Radiograph will continue to be well-received by the community.”
Courtesy : Press Release
Regional healthcare pioneers honoured at Arab Health Awards 2013
Nine awards presented to highlight the region’s growth and achievements in the healthcare field
Dubai, UAE: The highly anticipated winners of the Arab Health 2013 Achievement & Innovation Awards were announced last night at a gala ceremony at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, UAE with the attendance of more than 700 of the region's leading healthcare professionals, senior Government officials and special VIP industry guests.
The awards consisted of nine categories such as Excellence in Surgery Services, Young Surgeon of the Year Award, Cleveland Clinic Young Clinician of the Year, as well as the new Sustainable Hospital Award.
The awards are a fundamental part of the healthcare industry’s mission to inspire a passion for learning about health innovation and technology. By celebrating outstanding achievements, the Awards Program highlights the notable promise of health innovation and technology in the Arab region.
“This year’s awards ceremony showcased the true excellence of healthcare professionals in the region with more than 150 Award entry nominations from countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Bahrain and Oman. Those celebrated at the prestigious Awards ensure that we are
headed in the direction that is needed to grow the healthcare industry within the region as a whole,” said Simon Page, Managing Director, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, organisers of Arab Health.
Jan Schmitz-Huebsch, Principal of Booz & Co and a member of the Arab Health Awards judging panel said: “The depth and breadth of submissions for the Arab Health Awards embodies the progress and innovation that is evident in healthcare systems across the Middle East. While only few providers and
individuals can be awarded, all who submitted deserve recognition for the substantial efforts they have embarked on to further improve healthcare in the region.”
The judging panel also included a range of internationally respected healthcare trade professionals including Ashraf Ismail, Managing Director, Middle East International Office, Joint Commission International, Dr. Fadi El-Jardali, Health Management and Policy, American University of Beirut, Accreditation Canada, Dr. Joel J. Nobel, Founder and President Emeritus, ECRI, Brian Johnston, CEO, The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and Malek El Husseini, Business Development Director,GE Healthcare, Middle East, who acted as an advisor for the Arab Health Awards.
“I am thrilled that Hamad Medical Corporation submission won the top award in ‘Sustainable Hospital Award’ category. This recognition reflects the great work done by Hamad Medical Corporation leadership and staff collaboratively for patient care. This award is dedicated to our Managing Director, Dr. Hanan al Kuwari and all the HMC family,” said Shakil Ahmad, Assistant Medical Director and Medical Administration of Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar commenting on their win for the SustainableHospital Award.
For the winner of the Outstanding Individual Award, the judging panel praised Dr. Zuleka Daud, Founder & Managing Director, Zulekha Healthcare Group. “Dr. Daud is a true pioneer, having brought quality medical care to the UAE long before others; a woman leader in health for decades, passionate about patient care. Dr Daud is simply the model for excellence in commitment to her chosen field. The women of the region have for decades been the beneficiaries of her passion,” said the judges.
“Cleveland Clinic is pleased to once again honor a young physician who displays not only leadership, but also compassion for patients,” said Dr. Bill Ruschhaupt, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Global Health Center and Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Young Clinician Award judging panel. “We are honored to be a part of the Arab Health Awards, and plan to utilize this forum in the future so that we can continue to honor our industry’s future leaders.”
The Arab Health 2013 Achievement & Innovation Awards were celebrated during the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, the largest healthcare event in the region, which runs which runs until Thursday 31st January 2013 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE.
The full list of Winners for the 2013 Arab Health Achievement & Innovation Awards are:
Excellence in Imaging and Diagnostics award
• Clemenceau Medical Center
Excellence in Surgery Services Award
• Bone Joint & Spine Hospital
Roche Excellence in Laboratory Award
• Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital
Excellence in Patient Centred Care Award
• Thalassemia Centre
Sustainable Hospital Award
• Hamad Medical Corporation
Young Surgeon of the Year Award
• Dr. Mariam Al Selami, King Faisal Specialist Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Young Clinician Award
• Dr. Vinod Gauba, Imperial Healthcare
Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Education in the Region Award
• Dr. Mansour Al Zarauni, Head of Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Sharjah
Medical District, Ministry of Health
Outstanding Contribution of an Individual to the Middle East Healthcare Industry Award
• Dr. Zulekha Daud, Founder & Managing Director, Zulekha Healthcare Group
Source : http://inc.iirme.com/Sites/ArabHealth/v2/Newspdfs/ArabHealthAwards2013-ENG.pdf
HCG the First Hospital to Introduce FFF Technology in South India
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, February 07, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Kauvery HCG Cancer Center, a unit of HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, The Specialist in Cancer Care, is the first cancer care network in South India, to introduce Flattening Free Filter Mode technology.
Dr. Ayan Basu, Head, Radiation Oncology, Kauvery HCG Cancer Center, said, "The cancer patients will benefit with the introduction of FFF technology. With FFF dose rates of 2400 (as compared to 600 or below in filtered beam) the beam on time gets reduced by one third to one fourth. This probably is the biggest add on as of today, adding to patients comfort and minimizes the effect of movement during treatment or during respiration also. The treatment time in delivering doses will come down from minutes to seconds. The high doses are delivered with precision and accuracy not affecting the normal tissues and thereby reducing the chances of secondary cancers, and optimizing medical outcomes."
Dr. Vydeeswaran, Consultant, Radiation Oncologist, Kauvery HCG Cancer Center, said, " SBRT is an innovation to the cutting edge technology in treating cancer patients. FFF technology is a method by which the beam profile is not altered and in the due process it lowers the scattered radiation to the surrounding area and better penetration of the beam with a high dose rate delivery, reducing the treatment time to a great extent. This innovative technology is used both in Radiotherapy ex. tumour of the prostate, lung, head and neck and Radio Surgery ex. benign tumour like meningioma/acoustic neuromas, in treating not only the superficial tumour, but also inoperable tumors."
Mr. Dinesh Madhavan, Director, HealthCare Services, HCG, said, "We are the first hospital in South India to get approval to use the FFF Flattening Free Filter Mode, technology. This is only possible because we are a center of excellence for cancer treatment. The introduction of FFF is to ensure precision and quality of life to the patients."
HCG Introduces the 1st Breast Cancer APP in India
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Tuesday, February 05, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, The Specialist in Cancer Care, organized a press conference to introduce the first and only APP by a hospital on breast cancer in India. This will help in dispelling the myths and misconceptions about cancer.
Ms. Ragini Dwivedi, Actor, launched the breast cancer APP. The APP explains on various self breast examination techniques for women, facts on breast cancers and FAQ on breast cancer. The APP can be freely downloaded. For Android phone's it can be downloaded from Google play store and I phone from I store.
Name of the APP - HCG BCA
Some of the common myths & misconceptions about cancer.
-- Cancer is just a health issue
-- Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed country.
-- Cancer is a death sentence
-- Cancer is my fate
Dr. B S Ajaikumar, Chairman, HCG Group, said, "Myths are major hindrance for cancer treatment. Patients believe the treatment is painful and try to avoid it. Fear is a major factor, overcoming fear is important to overcome cancer. The social stigma around the disease can only be eradicated by educating the public. We have to bring about a change by creating awareness that, cancer is treatable and is more like a chronic disease."
Ms.Ragini Dwivedi, Actor, said, "I am pleased to be associated with HCG and its initiative in creating awareness on cancer. The people of Karnataka look up to me and I am sure my support to this initiative will help many women to come forward for self examination and early diagnosis."
HCG has been in the forefront of creating newer methods of communication keeping in mind the shift in this medium. Technology has been playing an important part in communication today, this is the first of its kind initiative which will help many women to be educated on cancer. Breast cancer is an urban disease and raising at an alarming rate, the plan to educate through this APP is on self examination as it is important to identify early signs & symptoms of breast cancer to beat it.
In the next few months HCG will be creating apps for all types of cancer which will be freely available on a Google play & I store.
IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Trust Presents an Executive Briefing on “Demystifying Performance Excellence in Healthcare”
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Friday, February 01, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Performance excellence is not an accident; it is the result of determined and structured actions. Healthcare organizations in India are striving to differentiate themselves by adopting a systems perspective to reach higher levels of performance excellence. Organizations are working towards protecting clinical quality, managing costs, increasing efficiency, appropriately leveraging technology and improving satisfaction for both patient and staff. Performance excellence in healthcare is reflected in the performance results achieved. These results are a complex mix of:
In order to help healthcare organizations navigate a performance excellence journey, the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Trust has defined a model for ease of adoption. Basically it is an aggregation of global healthcare best practices. The IMC RBNQA Trust has organized a half day briefing to demystify the various dimensions of the IMC RBNQA performance excellence model. The briefing will be of value to all clinical and non-clinical members of a health care organization. It will be ideal for seniors in charge of Transformation Management.
Date: 16th February, 2013
Time: 10 am to 1pm
Venue: Indian Merchants Chamber, Church gate, Mumbai
Format: Briefing and Short Exercises
Entry: No charge (Prior Registration Must)
Faculty: Dr. Geeta Bharadwaj, Lead Trainer IMC RBNQA Trust
Speakers: Suresh Lulla, Chairman IMC RBNQA Awards Committee, Founder and MD,Qimpro Consultants Pvt Ltd
Mr. Anil Kamath, Chairman, Esemcee Strategic Advisors Shallanay Mallashaw Camatx Associates Management and Healthcare Strategists. For details please contact Maya Desai : 022- 2204 6633, 2202 5438
Napier Healthcare Deploys Hospital Information Management System at Bhutan’s Apex Healthcare Institution
Singapore, Thursday, January 17, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Napier Healthcare's Hospital Information Management System (HIMS) has been successfully implemented at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Bhutan.
Dr. Damber K. Nirola, the Project Coordinator of Hospital Information System of JDWNRH made a statement saying, "This is to inform you that we have gone live with HIMS (Hospital Information Management System of Napier Healthcare Solutions) in Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) from 18th of December 2012 with the help of the entire team of Napier Healthcare Solutions, we are able to use the system successfully."
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) is the apex healthcare institution of Bhutan. Established in 1972, JDWNRH is 350+ beds, Multi-Specialty, National Tertiary Referral Center and Regional Referral Center Hospital for Western Bhutan. The hospital caters to the population of Thimpu Dzongkhag, patients from neighboring Dzongkhags (or judicial districts) as well as referral cases from other Dzongkhags in Bhutan.
JDWNRH entrusted Napier Healthcare the task of implementing Hospital Information Management System in order to improve patient management and reduce waiting time for patients.
Napier's Hospital Information Management solution developed using healthcare industry standards like HL7 messaging and DICOM delivers a web-based, modular, scalable and tightly integrated system that is built around the core functions supporting hospital administration, financials and patient management. The modular approach enables healthcare organizations to build a system that meets their complete health information system and budgetary requirements. It also allows organizations to fulfill requirements pertaining to electronic health record, patient safety, revenue cycle management and more. Get more details about Napier's Hospital Information Management System here at http://www.napierhealthcare.com/solutions/hospital-solutions/hospital-information-management.
Commenting on the successful deployment, Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier said, "We are pleased to be associated with JDWNRH and helping them improve the overall quality of healthcare with a better management system. The web-based HIS provides advanced intelligence tools that empower Public Health and National hospitals to take informed decisions in real time to improve the quality of critical healthcare services.
"Availability of next generation mobility and analytics as part of the solution enables hospitals to widen the reach of critical health services to wider a population, even in remote areas. "
Max Healthcare's Group of Hospitals Selects Energy Advantage India Pvt. Ltd. to Complete an Assessment of its Energy Use
Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, Friday, December 14, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Energy Advantage India Pvt. Ltd., a global leader in providing total energy and environmental management services, has been selected by Max Healthcare to assess its hospitals' energy use. Energy Advantage will conduct a benchmark assessment across three of Max Healthcare's largest tertiary care hospitals in NCR Delhi.
Max Healthcare's group of hospitals is a leading chain of hospitals in India with over 1380 IP Census beds spread across 12 hospitals in its network. With five LEED Gold rated hospital buildings already in its portfolio and an environmental conscious reputation, Max Healthcare is seeking to manage the high energy intensity of its operations and become a leader in energy management in the hospital sector in India.
To achieve this vision, Max Healthcare has partnered with 'Energy Advantage' to conduct an assessment of its current environment and to identify energy efficient areas where sustainable improvements and savings can be achieved.
"We, at Max Healthcare intend to achieve excellence in energy management, to be able to add continually increasing value to the business and for our patients. We believe this initiative will also add value to our country and its environment," says Mr. K.S. Ramsinghaney, Executive Director - Commercial & Infrastructure at Max Healthcare. "We find Energy Advantage has matching vibrations and excitement to help us in our journey".
Energy Advantage will benchmark Max Healthcare's hospitals against key success factors such as, commitment, data management capabilities, execution and evaluate the performance of its hospital based on its energy data, behavioural and operational data and facility details. Energy Advantage will provide Max Healthcare with a prioritized list of behavioural, operational and capital opportunities including a focused action plan for the next 90 days to help Max Healthcare to achieve its goals.
"Energy Advantage is excited to work with Max Healthcare and help them uncover opportunities to reduce its energy costs and create a lasting impact on the environment", says Pankaj Gupta, Vice President, India Operations, Energy Advantage India Pvt. Ltd. "Energy Advantage will help Max Healthcare's group of hospitals understand how its energy performance compares to best practices and clearly identify opportunities for savings".
Nova IVI Fertility Introduces Delhi's First IVF Center with Embryoscope Facility Features live updates, advanced ART treatment and latest Genetic Services
New Delhi, Delhi, India, Thursday, December 13, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Nova IVI Fertility, a division of Nova Medical Centers Pvt Ltd, India's leading short stay surgical company announces the launch of New Delhi's first of its kind IVF center with embryoscope facility, a technology to monitor growth of embryos with real time videos and live updates. Representing a world-class facility and spread across 12,500 sq feet, the hospital is located in the heart of the city and accessible to all patients. Nova IVI Fertility's other centers are in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai with centers in Chennai and other cities to open soon.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Suresh Soni, Chairman and CEO of Nova Medical Centerscommented, "We have aggressive expansion plans for Nova IVI Fertility Delhi, and are extremely pleased to announce our foray into this city. We are also delighted to welcome Dr. Nalini Mahajan who brings commendable experience and expertise in ART treatment. Dr. Mahajan will serve as the Clinical Director of Nova IVI Fertility-Delhi. The center is dedicated to helping couples by offering a comprehensive range of treatments at an affordable price. With five well-established fertility centers in major cities, Nova IVI Fertility plans to launch as many as 20 centers in the next two years with the goal of bringing high quality assisted reproductive therapy to the people of India."
Nova IVI Fertility is a partnership between Nova Pulse IVF and IVI, Spain. Founded in Valencia, Spain in 1990, IVI is the world leader in reproductive medicine with 23 clinics spread across Europe and South America. Nova takes the best fertility physicians in India and, under the guidance of the world-leaders in infertility therapy, bring standardized, high-quality assisted reproductive technology to its patients delivering results matching international standards. Nova focuses on providing this care in the most cost-effective, transparent and ethical manner possible.
On the occasion, Dr. Nalini Mahajan, the center's senior consultant and clinical coordinator said, "Nova IVI fertility centers aim to revolutionize fertility services in the country. We believe in providing efficiency, technological excellence, and the highest code of ethics combined with compassion. We lay great emphasis on the general well-being of the couple and our counselors and nutritionists are fully involved in the treatment from the very beginning. We have designed economy packages to provide assisted reproductive technology services to a larger section of the population. Our collaboration with IVI Spain - world leaders in IVF research and technology, allows us to be the first to offer the most recent techniques to improve pregnancy rates. At Nova IVI Fertility we will always endeavor to provide the best to our patients."
Infertility is an increasingly prevalent health concern and treatments are widely being sought. However, there is a widespread shortage of standardized clinical protocols, structured training, quality laboratories and ethical practices. Nova IVI Fertility's goal is to address this urgent need for an organized institutional provider for fertility treatment. With the rising prevalence of fertility tourism, Delhi, the capital of India, is a much-needed addition to Nova IVI Fertility's sought after medical facilities.
Nova IVI Fertility Delhi is situated at B2/1A, Safdarjung Enclave, Africa Avenue. It is conveniently located and easily accessible from the airport and central parts of Delhi. The center will provide both advanced technology and expert medical care. This is Nova IVI Fertility's first center in North India and in addition to providing the core procedures such as IUI, IVF, and andrology services and embryoscope, they also offer several state-of-the-art technologies such as assisted hatching, blastocyst culture, and vitrification, a new method for preserving eggs and embryos. This center will also offer another sought after advanced technique known as IMSI (intracytoplasmic morphologically-selected sperm injection). This is an upgrade of ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), where the embryologist carries out the fertilization of the oocytes (egg) using an extremely high-powered microscope to select the sperm cells with the best morphological quality.