October 2008

NEWS REVIEW – INDIA

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No Cure Without Care 2008 successfully concluded

No Cure Without Care 2008 – Facing Challenge in Today’s Hospitals, second in it series, was successfully concluded on the 19th of July in Bangalore. The conference saw a participation of about 175 delegates and highlighted issues like Measuring, Analysing and Improving Patient Satisfaction, Communicating Effectively in Hospitals, Indian Medical Care, Work Motivation in Hospitals, Handling Insurance and Corporate patients in Hospitals, Impression Management in Hospitals, Effective Documentation Techniques in Hospitals and Challenges for Brand Building in Healthcare Delivery.

AMEN, a Healthcare Management Consultancy providing Recruitments, Event Management and Process-Reengineering solutions conducted this conference as a part of their ‘Events’ Initiative. “We are greatly motivated at the success of this conference and plan to have this in various other cities of the country once every 4 months. Our next NCWC conference is most likely to happen in Chennai in the month of November,” said Mr. Paniel, Chief Consultant and Head � Operations, AMEN.

The Indian healthcare industry is undergoing rapid expansion, and in order to survive the competition in the healthcare market and grow, hospitals today are training and continuously updating themselves on current issues, challenges and effective methods of Hospital Administration. However, most conferences and workshops conducted in the healthcare industry today focus on only medical issues and hospital administration. The people expected to attend programs on healthcare management include heads of healthcare organisations and others from the managerial level.

However, “It is equally important to make such programs available for different cadres of hospital personnel” said Mr. Paniel, a conference series, started with the intention of bringing to light various management issues not only for staff from the middle and top management of the hospitals, but also for various other hospital personnel from the lower levels of management.

Health camp reaches out to thousands of poor

Nearly 6500 people made it for OPD check up, besides 1000 people availing free specialised surgery facilities, as part of the 10-day long Annual Mega Health Camp organised by Smile Foundation in Shahpura, which started on September 7, 2008.

A team of 40 specialist doctors along with 120 paramedical staff are treating people free of cost. Initial two days of Mega Health Camp served the underserved population with surgeries in Hernia and Stones, eye treatments, Orthopaedic treatments, ENT treatments, Gynae checkups, Oral treatment, Sonography tests, ECG and X-rays besides other routine check ups. Approximately 9000 people benefited from the much-awaited Health Camp in ten days this year. Patients are served food, medicines, and lodging, daily usage items, all free of cost. Healthcare programmes of Smile Foundation include three strategies at the national level, namely ‘Smile on Wheels’ [mobile hospital programme in outreach], Multi-disciplinary Mega Health Camps, Integrated Education & Health Care Projects.

The Multi-disciplinary Health Camp strategy focuses on providing integrated multi-disciplinary health care services (preventive, curative and referral) including investigative and surgical interventions in a make-shift hospital environs in rural settings. Noteworthy among them is the Annual Multi-disciplinary Mega Health Camp being conducted in Bhilwara in Rajasthan since year 2002.

Hyundai Motor launches rural mobile health clinic

India’s second largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor India Ltd has initiated a satellite-linked mobile health clinic with telemedicine facility covering 20 villages near its Irrugattukottai plant near Chennai, a company statement said recently.

The company has also entered into an agreement with Sri Ramachandra University to operate the mobile clinic manned by a team consisting of a medical officer, pharmacist, nurse and an attendant.

Hyundai Motor has availed the services of the university, which in turn engaged Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to have the telemedicine connectivity via antenna, fixed on the mobile van, to enable interactive treatment involving both doctor and patient with the main centre at Sri Ramachandra Medical College.

The project cost, estimated to be around INR 1 million, is borne by Hyundai Motor as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, the statement said.

Indu Projects, CARE, Hopkins to jointly set up health city

A consortium of real estate developer Indu Projects, US-based healthcare major John Hopkins and Hyderabad-based CARE Hospital is setting up a 2,000-bed health city in Nagpur. The consortium will invest around INR 750 crore in the project through a combination of debt and equity.

The Maharashtra government is developing an International Cargo and Passenger Hub Airport at Nagpur, an aviation hub. The project includes a special economic zone (SEZ). The Maharashtra Airport Development Authority, which is developing the SEZ, will lease the 74-acre land to the consortium for 66 years.

The consortium, expects to get the regulatory nod in the next few months and the civil work will start by the end of the year or early next year. The health city envisions building 10 superspecialty hospitals and will primarily target overseas patients. In the first phase, the health city will have 750 beds and it will be operational in the next 36 months.

Indu projects will be responsible for the development and management of the project, while CARE Hospitals will operate the hospital. John Hopkins will be the knowledge partner but will also hold equity in the consortium. Indu Projects will fund majority of the investment and is expected to hold majority stake in the consortium, although details of the holding structure are being worked out.

The health city plans to have medical, para medical and other medical education centres. The consortium is also in talks with a Thailand-based group to set up a health and wellness village in the health city.

Karnataka partners EMRI for medical emergency project

The Karnataka government has signed a MoU with the Hyderabad-based Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) to roll out ‘Arogya Kavacha’, a scheme that provides free emergency services in the public private partnership (PPP) model in rural and urban areas.

EMRI is a non-profit organisation founded and funded by B Ramalinga Raju, chairman, Satyam Computers and his family. The institute, by partnering the state governments offer professional emergency service through a call centre or response centre.

The Karnataka state government has announced in this year’s Budget, the ‘Arogya Kavacha’ scheme – releasing INR 10 crore to operationalise the scheme. The public health and family welfare department is expected to provide 10 acres to EMRI for establishing a call centre, training facilities for drivers, train doctors, nurses and house a few offices associated with it.

The department is expected to bear the expenditure on the necessary equipment and material (software), equipped ambulances, running cost of the centre, human resources and for administrative expenditure.

Speaking to reporters after signing the MoU, Venkat Changavalli, chief executive officer, EMRI, said, “The institute is planning to cover the state in two phases. In phase I, they will set up a 24×7 call centre with 75 seats and 150 ambulances to cover a few districts. In phase II, all the 29 districts will be operationalised with 517 ambulances.” The response services (ERS) will be launched after integrating medical, police and fire services in the state from November 1. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, speaking at the MoU signing ceremony said, “This scheme is devised keeping in mind the 10,000 deaths every year in the state from accidents. ‘Arogya Kavacha’ programme aims to offer timely transport facility to shift the victims of accidents to the nearest hospital.”

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