The first eHealth World Forum was held from 1st -3rd August 2011 to create a platform for dignitaries from all over the world and discuss emerging issues in depth in the areas of IT and technology in the healthcare services sector
eHealth World Forum, held in conjugation with the eWorld Forum, aimed at providing a unique platform for knowledge sharing in different domains of ICT in healthcare Conceived and produced by CSDMS and Elets Technomedia, the event was coorganised by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The forum was followed by eHealth World 2011 Awards, which were instituted with the primary aim of felicitating and acknowledging unique and innovative initiatives in healthcare. Health IT is undergoing a paradigm shift inviting greater initiatives from the industry and such events encourages converging and planning recommendations for reforming policies in the sector.
Government and private sector Initiatives in Development and growth of healthcare sector
The first session of day one of eHealth track started with a vision address delivered by Anju Sharma, Mission Director, NRHM on Government Initiatives in healthcare.
She deliberated that, “Gujarat has been an enthusiastic state to bring quality healthcare to the citizens with a long range of programmes such as Chiranjeevi & Balsakha Yojana (PPP), 108 EmergencyTransport and e-Mamta Mother & Child tracking (IT application). We have district quality accreditation boards Quality Assurance Group (QAG), Quality Improvement Programme (QIP), NABH.”
She added, “Gujarat is the first state which has accredited PHCs in tribal areas by NABH, blood banks, food and drug laboratory and of course the hospitals to involve quality consciousness into the system. The most talked about programme initiated by Gujarat in the year 2006 is the Chiranjeevi Yojna which is a unique PPP initiative to partner with private sector facilities for BPL and tribal mothers. There is an evident reduction in number of maternal deaths and we could infer to have saved approximately 893 mothers.”
Talking further she said, “The Bal Sakha scheme provides expert care to newborns up to one month by private pediatricians / trust hospitals free of cost. The emergency ambulance 108 was initiated in the year 2007, which answers 99 percent calls and so far has attended total emergencies to be around 15, 51,718.”
Illustrating Gujarat's healthcare IT initiatives she said, “e-Mamta mother and child tracking web based application is uniquely designed management tool being executed. It is credible tracking system that would enable health workers to reach above mentioned goals.”
She concluded that in healthcare delivery innovation is important because there are facing challenges in healthcare delivery of access, availability, affordability and quality.
Dr Pervez Ahmed , CEO and MD, Max Healthcare elucidated on the scope of PPP modalities and their challenges in the Indian healthcare scenario. He said, “It is important to know who the enablers of healthcare are. Private sector and public sector need to understand the societal need by involving private sector and increasing GDP for health budget.”
He further added, “Delhi has 38,000 private hospital beds and 3500-4000 beds are contributed by the major private players like Max, Apollo and Escorts and the rest of them are contributed by the 15-25 beds nursing homes. The problem lies in the unregulated