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“Achieving Operational Efficiencies in Healthcare Management,” was the name of the latest successful event organised by eHEALTH magazine. The event was held at Le Meridien, New Delhi, on August 23, 2012.

Organised in the format of a round table session, the event was focused on highlighting the use of ICTs in the public health domain and the benefits that they offer. The eminent speakers who participated in the lively discussion included:

• Anil Swarup, Director General – Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India;
• Dr BS Bedi, Advisor, C-DAC;
• Dr Rajiv Kumar Jain, Director – H&FW, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways;
• Dr Pradeep Saxena, Director, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, Dte. General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare;
• Dr SK Thirunavukkarasu, Deputy Director – HMIS, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project;
• Sunil Kumar, Sr Technical Director NIC
• Dr Tarun Seem, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi.

While dwelling on the subject of recent trends in Indian healthcare, Dr Pradeep Saxena said, “It is a question of willingness. If a new hospital is coming up or a leading hospital wants to use ICT Technology, they can use the dashboard. This can give minute by minute information of patients moving from emergency room to dressing room to  x-ray room and connect other related departments. In hospitals every minute is changing and you can’t ask nurse and doctor that what is happening at every moment.”

In a thought provoking speech, Anil Swarup, Director General – Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour &Employment,
Government of India, said, “The poor man does not die of kidney transplant or heart failure, he dies much before that.
He dies of typhoid and malaria. So this sophistication that came through technologies we are looking at today will
serve the purpose. We have to reach out to poor man and we have to see how technology can help bridge the healthcare divide. So my request to the technology provider is to first think to move beyond your city and don’t confine your area of application in emergency places like tsunami affected or earthquake affected locations.”

Dr Rajiv Kumar Jain, Director – H&FW, Railway Board, and Ministryof Railways, said, “If we talk about healthcare efficiency, then we will have to move away from healthcare centric prescriptions to non-healthcare sector discretions. India is a land of paradoxes and it shall remain a land of paradoxes. In India, if we  need to be successful in providing efficient healthcare facilities, only then we will be able to become either felicitators or providers.”

Dr BS Bedi, Advisor, C-DAC, opined, “ICT use in healthcare is not debatable; it’s only the use that should make a difference”.

Dr Tarun Seem, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, O/O Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi, took the discussion to a new level by his words. He said, “We have a saying that if you manufacture something for the masses, you will live in the classes. But if you define the product for the classes, you will remain in the masses; it’s true in every sector like education, health and every kind of public delivery. We have to look for better solutions, the EMR has to be at our scale and standard of living. The thing is that our scale is different, our possibilities are different.

Anil Swarup,Director General- Labour Welfare,Ministry of Labour & Employment,Government of India, said, “poor man does not die of kidney transplant or heart failure, he dies much before that. He dies of typhoid and malaria…”

Dr. Sunil Kumar, Senior Technical Director, NIC, expressed some lofty opinions for eradicating the myriad scars on Indian healthcare. He said, “I have only one point to make. By implementing e-Hospital, medical records can be transferred from one hospital to in any other hospital. So that in case of emergency we don’t have to sit down. It should be exported or it should be imported.”

The organiser of the Healthcare Leaders Forum, eHEALTH, is a premier print and online monthly publication focusing on the latest and most cutting-edge initiatives in healthcare ICTs and medical technologies. The magazine also takes out a weekly newsletter that delivers rich, relevant and up-to-date information to thousands of readers. The print edition of
the magazine enjoys immense popularity in the medical fraternity and in the corporate sector.

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