It gives me immense pleasure to write the foreword for the Special Telemedicon’11 issue of India’s leading healthcare magazine eHealth!
India faces a ‘triple burden’ of a large population, high incidence of chronic and communicable diseases, and a highly fragmented healthcare system. It is the right time for the policy makers to ensure that technology is embedded in all the programs that the Government is planning to roll out for healthcare delivery. Also, mHealth and eHealth have tremendous potential to reduce cost, improve reach and access, make the healthcare system more outcome driven and more importantly, lead to an ‘empowered patient’.
To create awareness and increase the use of technology, The Telemedicine Society of India (TSI), organises the International Telemedicine Congress every year. TSI is competing ten years (2001-11), and to celebrate the same, it is organising a mega healthcare event, bringing together a galaxy of global healthcare leaders, to showcase the trends and developments in the field of mHealth and eHealth.
With more than 875 millions cell phones, healthcare in India will certainly converge to mHealth, and ultimately this is where all practitioners, payers and users will converge to!
We have decided to come out with a special edition of Telemedicon’11 pre-event report, and who better than eHealth to be our media partner! We are proud to be associated with ‘eHealth’ and I personally thank Dr Ravi Gupta and ehealth team for the painstaking efforts taken to come out with this special edition of eHealth.
I am sure that you will find it informative, and I look forward to seeing you at Mumbai from 11-13 November 2011, at Telemedicon’11.
Rajendra Pratap Gupta
Leading Healthcare Policy expert &
Chairman, OC, International Telemedicine Congress – Telemedicon’11