India took a giant leap in medical devices and equipment sector recently when the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified Medical Devices Rules, 2017 on January 31. The new rules have been framed not only to provide a framework for the industry to conform to the best international practices, but also seek to remove regulatory bottlenecks to make in India, facilitate ease of doing business while ensuring availability of better medical devices for patient care and safety.
The cover story, ‘Exploring a New Horizon of Growth’, in eHealth March issue, is an attempt to provide a comprehensive look at the policy push offered by the government that is aimed at reducing India’s dependency on imports of high-end medical devices. The move also seeks to promote the highest degree of professionalism in the sector, a culture of selfcompliance by manufacturers and fostering India specific innovations to improve accessibility and affordability of medical devices across the world.
Our special story ‘Karnataka Hails CSR in Healthcare’ underscores the state government’s attempt to live up to its motto of ‘Health for all and Health Everywhere’ through quality healthcare services under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. It offers our readers a sneak peek into the public health programmes of the Karnataka government and its vision behind taking quality healthcare delivery to the door steps of the vulnerable sections of the population in remote, unreached and poorly accessible under-served areas of Karnataka.
In the story, ‘Fostering Medtech Innovations in India,’ Dr Suchita Markan, Assistant General Manager at BCIL, examines the growth trajectory of the medtech industry as she highlights how the sector is charged with new energy in the conducive environment that has been created to provide a robust and enabling ecosystem for domestic manufacturers and service providers.
This edition of the eHealth magazine carries interviews of industry experts from the government as well as private sector, expressing their views on how new policies, regulations, infrastructure and technology collaborations are gradually, yet surely, changing the face of health delivery system in India.
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