Dr. Yatin Mehta, Chairman, Institute of Critical care and Anaesthesiology, Medanta- The Medicity
Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD)
Naveen Jain, Mission Director (NHM), Secretary to Government, Medical, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Rajasthan
In the last few years, IT in the health sector has been a major focus of the healthcare industry and is bound to continue as the industry strives to automate medical records, improve electronic reporting, simplify daily work flows, and increase cost savings by streamlining work efforts. Therefore, IT is a promising tool in healthcare that can provide new ways to healthcare providers to collect, store, retrieve, and transfer information electronically. In this regard, National Health Mission (NHM) in Rajasthan has taken up few e-initiatives and implemented them successfully.
There is always a growing need to make affordable health services for the masses and in Rajasthan, the population at large hugely depends upon the government sector for getting free or subsidized health services. Rajasthan is the largest state from the geographical area point of view and providing quality health services to the people becomes a huge challenge. Normally, use of IT and concept of e-Governance is taken as a fancy item as far as government is concerned but in view of geographical diversity and huge population use of IT becomes a necessity for us. Rajasthan has used IT at its best for making available the limited health services to the population at large spread over a huge area.
Pregnancy and child tracking is the biggest requirement to manage MMR and IMR in the state and Rajasthan has evolved PCTS software where data is fed into this across the whole state in order to get important information and to make informed decisions. PCTS has huge data containing progress on many RCH activities like ante natal checkups, institutional deliveries, immunization, and family welfare activities. With this, there is a Health Management Information System (HMIS), which is the portal to capture various statistical reports to give out analytical statistics. This is useful for many policy decisions. PCTS and HMIS are commonly used terms in the state now.
Rajasthan was the second state in the country to initiate a free medicine scheme and through e-Aushodhi software, transparency and optimum utilization of funds was ensured. e-Aushodhi, a web-based application has been freely customized for use in more than 16,000 drug distribution centers. As a result, incidents of stock outs and expired drugs have been controlled greatly.
Rajasthan was infamous for female foeticide but in recent years implementation of the PC PNDT Act has attracted the attention of the entire country. Here, also Integrated System for Monitoring of PCPNDT Act (IMPACT) software has facilitated an online surveillance system over registered sonography centers and it also provides a mechanism for keeping a watch on probability of sex determination through sonography tests. Another tool, ASHA–Soft, has been one of the biggest success of recent years where more than 45,000 ASHAs are getting their payments through DBT online into their bank accounts. Rajasthan has also attempted online payments to mothers on birth of their child in a government facility. Although it was a huge task looking at 17 lac births per year but Rajasthan came out with flying colors in this gigantic task.
This is not the end of the story as many national programs like RBSK and Bio-Medical Management and Maintenance System have been connected to a robust IT system in order to make use of the data to make services accessible to the real beneficiaries. e-Upkaran, an IT intervention program has been developed for making available a platform where complaints can be registered regarding malfunctioning or non-functioning of bio-medical equipment. The vendor company takes the complaints and within 4 days complaints are redressed.
There is one another interesting use of IT in the form of Aarogya Online. It is an e-Health initiative implemented in all the district hospitals and around 200 CHCs. It provides streamlined work flow operation and creates a platform for information exchange. Due to this quality of patient care is enhanced and there is an optimum utilization of limited resources available. By using Aarogya Online, we can say data of OPD and IPD registers, tests done, and also diagnostic reports of all patients are made available at certain institutions.
IT no doubt provides benefits of limited resources to many and the Medical and Health Department of Rajasthan through NHM has proved this point beyond doubt.
Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Chhattisgarh
Kaustav Banerjee, Member CEO, Medical Technology Association of India (MTaI)
Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD)
Jon Coleman, President of Worldwide Sales, Professional Services, and Medical Affairs, Masimo
Himanshu Baid, Chairman, CII Medical Technology Division
K Ganapathy, President, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, Director, Apollo Tele Health Services, Past President, Telemedicine Society of India,Former Secretary, Past President, Neurological Society of India, Emeritus Professor, Dr MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu
Atul Modak, Vice President, Kohinoor Hospital
Dr Ajit Gupta, Founder and Chairman, Park Hospital
Harshad Bhanushali, Product Manager Instruments, DiaSys Diagnostics India Pvt. Ltd.
R. Kailasnath, Managing Director, CPC Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.
Kamal Nandi, Business Head & EVP, Godrej Appliances
Dr. Tom O'Callaghan, CEO and Founder of iheed and
Dr Harpreet Singh, CEO, Oxyent
K. Ganapathy , President,Apollo ,Telemedicine Networking Foundation,Director,Apollo Tele Health Services
Dr Shakti Kumar Gupta , Medical Superintendent , All India Institute of Medical Sciences , Dr. R P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences , New Delhi
Dr K. K. Kalra, CEO - IMA Accreditation and Academic Council, Formerly CEO NABH, QCI
Dr T.B.S. Buxi , Chairman CT & MRI Departments , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital , New Delhi
Shyam Sunder Bulandi , Section Technical Coordinator , HLA & Molecular Biology, SRL Diagnostics , Gurgaon
Dr Girish Gaur , Head , Molecular Diagnostics , Diagno Labs Pvt. Ltd. , Gurgaon
Dr Sanjeev Singh , Medical Superintendent , Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
Chandershekhar Sibal , Executive Vice President , Medical Division , Fujifilm India Private Limited
Bhavdeep Singh , CEO , Fortis Healthcare Limited
Dr Sushil Shah , Founder , Metropolis Healthcare
Kennedy Clark , Senior Director-Market Development , Innovation, & Technology , West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Pushpa Vijayraghavan , Director,Sathguru Management Consultants and Hansini Mutte , Consultant , Sathguru Management Consultants
Dr Ajay Sankhe , Director and Founder Doctor , Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute , Mumbai
Satyaki Banerjee , President , Kiran Medical Systems , a Division of Trivitron Healthcare
Dr Tarang Gianchandani , CEO , Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre , Mumbai
Dr Shrihari Dhorepatil , Founder President , Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society of India , Managing Director , Shree Hospital & Diagnostic Centre Pvt. Ltd. , Pune
Huzaifa Shehabi, COO, Saifee Hospital, Mumbai
Dr Prachi Chivate, Psychiatrist, Masina Hospital
Kalyan Pothina, Procurement Head, Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited
Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC
Vinod Giri, Founder & CEO, DialDent
Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
Vikram Nair, Co-founder and CEO, PurpleHealth.com
Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD
Dr Lata Kini, Lead Clinical Pathologist, CORE Diagnostics
Dr. Mohan, Chief Medical Officer, Red Cross Blood Bank, Vijayawada
Chandra Ganjoo, Executive Director, Group CPO & Head Corporate Communications, Trivitron Healthcare Group of Companies
Kalyan Pothina, Head of Procurement, Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited
Dr Kanchan Gulati, Lab Head, SRL Limited, Faridabad
Dr Mumtaz Azeez, Chief Pathologist, Indian Red Cross Society Blood Bank, Kurnool
Dr Supriya Dutta, HOD, Pathology & Blood Bank, Jupiter Hospital, Thane
Anand K, CEO, Anand Diagnostic Laboratory, Bengaluru
Niranjan K Ramakrishnan, Chief Information Officer, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
Dr Deepak Agrawal, Professor-Neurosurgery and Chairman-Computerization, AIIMS, New Delhi