Editorial

40 Issues Young!

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With the successful completion of 40th issue, eHEALTH magazine has reached one more milestone in its journey of propagating knowledge in the domain of healthcare IT and medical technologies.

Since inception in November ’06 and till date, we have relentlessly tried to provide the latest and most relevant information on all aspects of healthcare technologies to our readers spanning across doctors, clinicians, hospital managers, healthcare administrators, technologists, policy makers and various other stakeholders in healthcare fraternity.

It is needless to say, that knowledge that stagnates gets limited in scope and serves little purpose. Hence, it is imperative that there are additions in form of newer inventions. The existing knowledge should be capable of assimilating changes with time to progress. Healthcare is one such field that needs constant expansion in its knowledge base to assert its suitability with the changing situations – afterall it is the question of human survival. As always, we promise to remain steadfast, through all our future editions, on our commitment to take forward the use and adoption of technology in healthcare.

The cover story of this issue (‘Capturing the Beat’, pg. 12) is focusing on devices and techniques for treating cardiovascular diseases and conditions. It is important to note that there are two segments of such devices – cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices and cardiovascular monitoring and diagnostic devices. The issue has tried to address the radical changes of medical device industry that is playing a crucial role in transforming healthcare delivery system. With more and more innovations coming our way, technologies that would have existed in fiction have become a  reality and we wish goodluck to all the players; both small and large in this domain.

Internet has been adopted as the latest tool in enhancing healthcare delivery and reach to the masses. Health information is now available at the mere click of a button. There are hundreds of healthcare providers and health portals that are offering services to people. The number of internet users is increasing by leaps and bounds. The success of this measure will mark a marvellous achievement in the history of healthcare delivery in India, vis-a-vis across the world. Catch up with this emerging trend in our special story – ‘Health-just a click away’, pg. 28.

A classic example of government’s growing efforts in using IT for public health transformation is that of Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s initiative in connecting its hospitals through a common IT network. A rapid integration of is taking place in these hospitals in form of online registration of births and deaths (under the scheme OLIR), maintaining electronic records, computerisation of hospital information system (HIS) and installation of dedicated LAN. There is an urgent need of replicating the example of MCD in government  hospitals across India as IT is the only facilitator that can bring about a total reformation in health services. Know more about this project in an exclusive interview with Dr R C Patnaik, Chief Medical Officer, MCD, pg. 8.

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