July 2017

India Gearing up for Affordable, Inclusive Healthcare

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Dr Ravi Gupta

Public health service in India is undergoing a major transformation. Driving this change are the fresh policy initiatives by the government and technological innovations that are touching every aspect of our lives. There is an urgent need to bolster our efforts to make healthcare more affordable and inclusive by strengthening the existing infrastructure and bridging the boundaries to enable smooth flow of information.

Our cover story — ‘The Evolution of Public Healthcare in India’ — delves into the impact of policy change and technology on the healthcare sector, while it also tries to find solutions to some very pertinent challenges that have been pestering the healthcare sector in India for long.

Our feature on Healthcare Innovations, ‘e-Hospital: Infusing Efficiency in Public Health System’, highlights how the country’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh has taken a big leap by adopting Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to infuse a new vitality into the government hospital network. It underscores the immense potential of the e-Hospital project in transforming the healthcare delivery in the State which has to grapple with a multitude of problems, owing to its sheer size and diversity of population.

This Healthcare Leaders Forum (HLF) special issue of eHealth magazine contains interviews of policy makers like Dr K Rajeswara Rao, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General (Health Services), Directorate General of Health Services; Dr DC Katoch, Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India; and leading industry captains to help our readers get first-hand information on various issues, challenges as well as innovations that are pushing the Indian healthcare sector to reach new heights.

A special focus area of HLF, now in its seventh edition, is to deliberate on the scope of New Healthcare Policy-2017. Eminent speakers at HLF-2017 will delve deeply into the nitty-gritty of how this policy with private sector as strategic partners seeks to enable universal health coverage and deliver quality healthcare services to all at affordable cost.

Looking forward to our readers’ invaluable feedback.

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