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Bid to make pvt hospitals keep cancer patients' count - The Times of India

Bid to make pvt hospitals keep cancer patients' count - The Times of India | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
Every hospital in India - private or public - may soon be bound to inform government on the number of cancer cases they treat.

 

The push is in the offing since the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended to the Union health ministry to make cancer a "notifiable disease".

 

At present, highly infectious diseases like plague, polio, H5N1 bird flu or the H1N1 swine flu figure in the list. Cancer will become the first non-communicable disease (NCD) to be bracketed in the same category.

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Global Conversations on Newborn Health in India: Empowerment Through Media

Global Conversations on Newborn Health in India: Empowerment Through Media | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
How can we use media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights, enabling people to build better lives?
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EMR'S: PROVIDING INDIAN DOCTORS WITH AN EDGE: VOL 1

EMR'S: PROVIDING INDIAN DOCTORS WITH AN EDGE: VOL 1 | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it

Typically, a patient's record is just a folder with his details and probably a photograph on the front cover, coupled with sheets and sheets of data recording his previous visits.

 

While some of this data, especially prescriptions may be recorded in a hospital, can you imagine the long hard search that one endures to locate them when required. Also, this search by no means guarantees a consolidated view of a patient's information which would equip the doctor with a complete overview of the patient's health history.

 

There is a serious need for a system in place which can ensure this Information be available Timely, Efficiently and Sensibly. All of a Patient’s information must be available at a single point of contact.

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Private Equity Investing in Healthcare — 13 Hot and 4 Cold Areas | Hospital Financial and Business News

Healthcare reform, the debt crisis and the continual regulatory changes that characterize the healthcare and life sciences industries have created certain shifts in the prospects of healthcare investments. This article briefly outlines 13 areas within healthcare in which private equity is still aggressively investing and several areas where things have slowed down.

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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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From No Doctor to E-Doctors in Rural India - Technology Review

From No Doctor to E-Doctors in Rural India - Technology Review | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
A telemedicine company brings $1 virtual checkups to poor countries.

 

There aren't too many doctors in the village of Hari Ke Kalan, in the Punjab region of northern India. But for $1, residents who bicycle to a new health clinic can get an appointment with a physician appearing on a large-screen television and beamed in over broadband Internet.

 

The clinic, built by a startup called Healthpoint Services, is one of a network of eight "e-health points" that the for-profit company has built in India as part of a growing effort by entrepreneurs to capitalize on the rapid expansion of cellular and broadband access in the poorest parts of the world. With successes such as text-message-based mobile payments taking off in some countries, many experts see medicine as the next major application of technology in poor nations.

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Max Bupa Puts India’s Health First | Cashcow.in

Max Bupa Puts India’s Health First | Cashcow.in | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
What percentage of India's population would you call healthy? How many take care of their most important asset?

 

According to the Bupa Health Pulse 2011 International Survey, the figure isn’t good.

Questioning over 12,000 people from 12 countries, the study found that 40% of Indians could be classified as unhealthy, with one in ten obese.

Surprisingly, the 25 to 34 age group – a section of the population who should be at their peak – lose more work productivity due to illness than any other group.

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Brain drain: 767 docs flew out till July 27

Brain drain: 767 docs flew out till July 27 | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
Brain drain continues to cripple India's medical sector. According to the Medical Council of India (MCI), till July 27, 2011, as many as 767 doctors may have left India for foreign shores.

 

These are all doctors who asked the MCI to issue them Good Standing Certificates (GSC) — a mandatory requirement for doctors going to work in hospitals abroad. The MCI issued 1,264 GSCs in 2010, 1,386 GSCs in 2009 and 1,002 in 2008.

 

Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "GSCs give us a rough estimate of the doctors migrating to other countries. However, it does not reflect the absolute number. No centralized data is maintained for doctors and nurses migrating to other countries."

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Technology For Doctors By Plus91 | C:\Healthcare\Technology\Plus91: Technoclinics- Upcoming scenario in India

Technology For Doctors By Plus91 | C:\Healthcare\Technology\Plus91: Technoclinics- Upcoming scenario in India | Healthcare in India | Scoop.it
Medical industry in India is proud to have adopted the latest medical equipments in every specialization and has achieved tremendous results in terms of rapid and effective treatment. The benefits that the Indian IT sector has made in the global village the past 15 years, are now being extended to the Indian Healthcare industry too!

 

 

Taking advantage of these some clinics are transforming into “technoclinics” by smartly using technology and software in their practice. Dr. Ankit Khanna (MDS) at Pune, who uses a Blackberry to track his online appointments says, “Advances in technology have definitely changed today’s scenario in the dental practice. Earlier for root canal treatments, X-rays taken were on a thin film which gave information only about pathology and cavity. But with the Digital X-ray, it is now possible to know the bone density, height, thickness along with the conventional pathological details and cavity of the teeth.

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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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