In India, the healthcare sector has been a late adopter of IT. Most hospitals and healthcare organisations started their automation by installing disparate, in-house developed, small solutions and systems. Of late, the rising popularity of more sophisticated health IT solutions, however, has enabled the infusion of advanced information technologies and related developments in the healthcare domain. The change, though exciting, presents new challenges pertaining to affordability of technology, availability of IT skilled medical workforce, use of data standards and interoperability, and best regulatory framework (or the lack of it), among others. Overcoming these challenges and barriers will provide the necessary impetus for the advancement of ehealth in India. With several IT vendors indulging in development of ehealth solutions, and initiation of a number of government projects in this domain, the sector is poised for a consistent growth in future.
eHEALTH India 2009 (India’s largest annual event on healthcare IT and communication technologies, being held during August 25�27, 2009 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre) brings together the entire community of this opportune through three-days of active conferencing and a lively exhibition showcasing the latest in technology.
This annual event series primarily aim at bringing notable health IT experts, practitioners, technology vendors and stakeholders from the industry, and engage them through keynote addresses, paper presentations, panel discussions and exhibitions. The event acts as a platform for offering multiple opportunities of knowledge sharing among people from government, industry, academia and civil society organisations working in the domain of healthcare services and delivery.
In this issue, we bring you an exclusive collection of some of the best eHealth projects and case studies being presented in this conference and those being nominated for our annual awards.