The past decade has witnessed the gradual shift and proliferation from single specialty hospitals to multispecialty hospitals. The transformation was a welcome change, after all, the human body is replete with parts that are interrelated and interdependent. Depending upon individual needs, it was an ardous task to shuttle the patient from one specialty hospital to another. The solution was obvious – let the patient stay put at one place and allow the specialties come to him under one roof.
The current issue of eHealth focuses on landmarks that have emerged as super specialty hospitals. We talk to the respective stakeholders to access and ascertain their views on delivery of premium healthcare.
Today super multi specialty hospitals in India have come of age and are quite capable of delivering medical treatments that are at par with the best in the world. Now Indians are not going abroad for treatment but patients from overseas are pouring in as they have accepted and acknowledged Indian hospitals as viable option and alternative by way of quality and money.
Considering rapid growth, potential and opportunity, large business houses continue to invest money in super specialty hospitals. This has resulted in state-of- the-art hospitals fused with cutting edge healthcare. Single specialty hospitals are winding up or paving way to incorporate the multi specialty.
The assurance of quality comes from National Accreditation Board that enforces creation and maintenance of ‘Quality of Care’ across all departments, both clinical and non clinical. Out of 28,000 registered hospitals in the country, only 163 are accredited by NABH. Most of the hospital have optimised their IT infrastructure and are fast catching up with digital technology.
The cover story on blood bank reflects the concern for quality, communication and delivery. Now with the blood shelf life coming down to three weeks, it acquires greater significance. We discuss the issues with the regulators and the blood banks.