January 2012

New Year: Great Expectations

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Healthcare has emerged as one of the most progressive and largest service sectors in India with an expected GDP spend of 8 per cent by 2012 from 5.5 per cent in 2009. At present the sector is estimated to be around US$ 40 billion and will grow to US$ 78.6 billion by 2012. The Indian healthcare sector is expected to become a US$ 280 billion industry by 2020 with spending on health estimated to grow 14 per cent annually.

In this issue, we are putting the spotlight on the main leaders in the healthcare sector. A profound determination, spirit of working together, backed by the enthusiasm of a “can-do” spirit, is a sure recipe for success. There are some personalities in the field of healthcare who have made the impossible possible through their vision and spirit. There are so many stalwarts who have proved themselves by carving for themselves a substantial niche in the industry. A number of new entrants have ventured in the recent past, striving to make their mark with innovative ideas, services and business models.

Perhaps we can conceive of 2011 as a year of landmark technological and administrative advancements in healthcare. This is the year when the idea of using IT for bringing cutting edge healthcare facilities to the masses really took root. In the current issue we are featuring a year 2011 round up on innovation and achievements in healthcare.

As the healthcare industry matures in terms of infrastructure and innovative technologies, the next goal of care delivery demands clinical excellence through evidence based medicine tools and benchmarks. Evidence based medicine is already being promoted globally and has been proved to be beneficial for all the stakeholders- clinical teams, hospital management, as well as the patients. The right amalgamation of modern infrastructure, innovative technologies and clinical skills guided by evidence based tools will go a long way in bridging the gap in the Indian healthcare industry.

Last month, we organised the seventh edition of eHealth India,which was held in conjunction with the eINDIA 2011, in Ahmedabad. The event drew participants and visitors from across the country and worldwide. A plethora of activities ranging from keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and technology showcase made for an  invigorating intellectual experience. eHealth India also recognised some of the best projects, initiatives and practitioners of healthcare through the medium of eHealth India 2011 Awards. The final encore to the event came in the form of the best healthcare technologies getting showcased at the eHealth India Expo.

Hope you will find this issue informative!

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