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Encouraging developments for universal access to health care | Speaking of Medicine

As outlined in the current World Health Report, Health System Financing; The path to universal coverage, three fundamental and interrelated problems restrict countries from moving closer to universal coverage of health care:

1) the availability of resources;

2) an overreliance on direct payments, such as over-the-counter payments for medicines and fees for consultations and procedures, at the time people need care;

3) and the inefficient and inequitable use of resources.

 

The solution? Simple!: “Countries must raise sufficient funds, reduce the reliance on direct payments to finance services, and improve efficiency and equity.”

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Panasonic plans to enter healthcare sector in India

Panasonic plans to enter healthcare sector in India | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
OSAKA: Japan's largest electronics maker Panasonic plans to launch ECG machines, blood bank refrigerator, diabetes detector, solar cell, rechargeable batteries and security camera in India and is in talks with local IT companies to develop software for such products.

 

 

"We want to offer total business solutions to Indian consumers in collaboration with local companies. Such a consortium approach will help us to quickly penetrate the market and compete with local companies in terms of pricing," Panasonic India President Daizo Ito says.

 

The $105-billion company may buy a local healthcare equipment maker as pat of its foray into healthcare equipment, energy management and security surveillance systems in the country in a bid to beat Korean duo LG and Samsung in India by 2018.

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IIT Bombay plans to offer MD-PhD programme - Indian Express

IIT Bombay plans to offer MD-PhD programme - Indian Express | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
IIT Bombay plans to offer MD-PhD programme - Now, a premier engineering institute like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, is considering the feasibility of offering a MD...

 

Now, a premier engineering institute like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, is considering the feasibility of offering a MD-PhD programme jointly with an organisation which will be part of the healthcare consortium being initiated by the institute. The primary objective of the consortium is to have joint educational and training programmes and research projects which are mutually beneficial.

 

Letters of intent to be part of the consortium have been recently sent to organisations including Tata Memorial Hospital, KEM Hospital, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer and Strand Life Sciences and Span Diagnostics. Not just this, students of IIT Bombay, who are keen on doing bio-medical research, will soon be able to intern at these organisations.

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Sohan Shah roped in as Head of McCann Healthcare India

Sohan Shah roped in as Head of McCann Healthcare India | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, the revenue from Healthcare Communications has steadily grown across all networks. In keeping with this trend and the opportunity that it presents, McCann Healthcare has appointed Sohan Shah as its new Head.
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The Elephant and the Blind Men

The Elephant and the Blind Men | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
“It is astonishing with how little reading a doctor can practice medicine, but it is not astonishing how badly he may do it”
- Sir William Osle

 

Medical knowledge has reached the level of telemedicine and telesurgery is coming in. But there is so much disparity in availability of treatment. There are many social, political, educational and financial reasons.



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For a new & improved NRHM

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has been described as one of the largest and most ambitious programmes to revive health care in the world and has many achievements to its credit. It seeks to provide universal access to health care, which is affordable, equitable, and of good quality.

 

It has increased health finance, improved infrastructure for health delivery, established institutional standards, trained health care staff and has provided technical support. It has facilitated financial management, assisted in computerisation of health data, suggested centralised procurement of drugs, equipment and supplies, mandated the formation of village health and hospital committees and community monitoring of services. It has revived and revitalised a neglected public health care delivery system.

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Blood test to detect TB is unreliable: WHO - Hindustan Times

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed the commonly used methodology to detect tuberculosis (TB) as unreliable with Indian health ministry deciding to issue an advisory to hospitals to discontinue popular blood tests.
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Medical tourists to India liable to cross 32 lakh by 2015: ASSOCHAM study

The inflow of medical tourists in India is likely to cross 32 lakh by 2015 from the current 8.5 lakh if it continues to grow at the current compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40 per cent, according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). The study - Emerging Trends in Domestic Medical Tourism Sector – further states that the Indian Medical Tourism market is likely to grow to Rs 10,800 crore by 2015 from its current Rs 4,500 crore.

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Maternal tuberculosis: a risk factor for mother-to... [J Infect Dis. 2011] - PubMed result

Of 783 mothers, 3 had prevalent TB and 30 had incident TB at 12 months after delivery. Of 33 mothers with TB, 10 (30%) transmitted HIV to their infants in comparison with 87 of 750 mothers without TB (12%; odds ratio [OR], 3.31; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.53-7.29; P = .02). In multivariable analysis, maternal TB was associated with 2.51-fold (95% CI, 1.05-6.02; P = .04) increased odds of HIV transmission adjusting for maternal factors (viral load, CD4 cell count, and antiretroviral therapy) and infant factors (breast-feeding duration, infant nevirapine administration, gestational age, and birth weight) associated with MTCT of HIV.

 

CONCLUSIONS:
Maternal TB is associated with increased MTCT of HIV. Prevention of TB among HIV-infected mothers should be a high priority for communities with significant HIV/TB burden.

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Indian hospitals lure doctors from abroad

Indian hospitals lure doctors from abroad | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

I was working in UK for the last 10 years. Initially when I left abroad, there was not much infrastructure facilities in the health care sector. Due to lack of facilities, we were not able to implement what we read. But, now the whole scenario in the Healthcare sector in India has changed drastically over the last decade which made me come back to my own land”, said Dr C P Raghuram, Pediatric Oncologist, HCG.

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AMRI raises Sterling Hospital bid as Khazanah enters fray - The Times of India

Emami-backed AMRI put in a revised bid of over Rs 600 crore to acquire Ahmedabad-based Sterling Hospitals after being challenged by private equity biggies, including Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah.

 

Khazanah controls Singapore's Parkway Holdings and also holds minority shares in India's largest private healthcare group Apollo Hospitals Enterprise.

Sterling Hospitals promoter Actis asked the bidders to increase their quote before shortlisting last week. Actis estimates Sterling Hospital valuation at over Rs 650 crore. Investment bank JM Financial had set July 29 as the last day for submitting initial bids

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GE Healthcare to acquire PAA Laboratories

GE Healthcare to acquire PAA Laboratories | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: GE Healthcare on Tuesday said that it has reached an agreement to acquire PAA Laboratories that develops and supplies cell culture media for biomedical research.

 

"The acquisition of PAA Laboratories will allow GE Healthcare to expand its offering of products and services for cell biology research and for the discovery and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals including recombinant proteins, antibodies and vaccines. The strong strategic fit between the two businesses, combined with expanded capabilities in product development and marketing, will offer significant long-term customer benefits," GE Healthcare said in a statement issued here.

The firm however did not disclose the financial details of the deal but said it is expected to close the deal by the third quarter of 2011.

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Mylan Laboratories looks for partners to launch drugs - The Economic Times

Mylan Laboratories looks for partners to launch drugs - The Economic Times | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
Matrix Laboratories, which was acquired by Mylan , is exploring new partnerships in India to launch about 100 products. n the next 12 months - from anti-retroviral drugs to pain management and women's healthcare.

 

"We are open to small acquisitions as well. Our partner should have a brand and a sizeable portfolio of products but would be unable to fully leverage on it. The plan is still on the drawing board," said Rajiv Malik, Mylan's executive vice-president and chief operating officer. However, the launch of the products does not depend on the partnership, he said.

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Tests for Sex Determination in Womb and Implications in Indian Perspective ~ From A Clinician's Bioscope

Tests for Sex Determination in Womb and Implications in Indian Perspective ~ From A Clinician's Bioscope | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Indian government has banned sex determination of foetus in mother's womb; it came from the fact that many societies/communities and some parents do not want female child. They go for abortion of the foetus.

 

There is already a gender imbalance in India and severe in many states.


Law allows safe abortion within 12 weeks of gestation, if there is likelihood of possible congenital deformities in the baby and if, pregnancy might give rise some mental agony in mother; and several other clauses.

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e-Health info system initiated in Haryana - eHealth

e-Health info system initiated in Haryana - eHealth | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Haryana government has begun work on developing a Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) where all the records of government hospitals and dispensaries will be linked through a central database. The system likely to be operational from next year will help patients in the city to get medical treatment at any hospital even if they did not carry the past records of their treatment with them.

 

"Now patients will not be required to carry any medical card and slip. They will be allotted a unique identity number and they just need to tell that number while visiting any hospital or dispensary in the state," said a Health Department official.

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Health expo to unveil low-cost medical equipment - Bangalore - DNA

The Indian healthcare sector has emerged as one of the most progressive and largest service sectors in India. The public sector however is likely to contribute only around 15% to 20% of the required $ 86 billion investment.

 

"The corporate India is, therefore, leveraging on this business potential and various health care brands have started aggressive expansion in the country," said Dr EV Ramana Reddy, secretary to the department of Health and Family Welfare, at the inauguration of a three-day long exhibition, Healthex, on Friday.

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3G offers major hope in rural healthcare: expert

It's 3G that could be triggering a radical change in healthcare. Doctors are hoping that 3G technology will make telemedicine consultation much smoother, giving patients a clear picture of who they consult.

 

The clarity in voice and video can make a huge difference, feels Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals. Reddy was speaking at the conference on inclusive healthcare management for sustainable development organized by All India Management Association on Saturday. Gubbi village is one of the latest in Karnataka to be connected with telemedicine network.

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Pharmabiz :: Indian healthcare industry set to clock

The Indian healthcare industry is expected to register earnings of Rs.12,60,000 crore by 2020. The growth is at a much rapid pace than it was anticipated according to the Investment Commission of India (ICI).

 

The sector has experienced phenomenal growth of more than 12 per cent per annum in the last four years. The growth is expected to be driven by a number of factors which cover rising life expectancy, increasing income levels of Indian households, higher penetration of health insurance and growing incidence of lifestyle-related diseases in the country which has led to more spending on healthcare delivery, stated the ICI report.

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