As we usher in 2018, it is significant to revisit at the milestones the Indian healthcare industry achieved in the bygone year 2017 to consolidate our gains and move ahead with renewed confidence on solid grounds, prepared and nurtured through years of constant efforts by the industry and the government.
Our cover story, ‘2017: A Trailblazing Year for Healthcare’, is an attempt by the eHEALTH team to analyse the important events of 2017 that helped the healthcare industry to continue the process of transformation unabated with stress of affordability, accessibility and quality.
With ICT being a great enabler to help us achieve these goals, the industry looks forward to more innovations to gain new heights and take healthcare to the last mile.
This issue of eHEALTH magazine also carries interviews of Dr Pallavi Darade, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration and Food Safety, Government of Maharashtra; Dr Sumant Gupta, Head, Oncology, Sarvodaya Hospital and Research Centre; and Rahul Darda, Chairman and Managing Director, Brinton Pharmaceuticals to help our readers gain better insight into the advancements and vision driving the change in the healthcare domain.
Our special story on Madhya Pradesh’s perspective on healthcare explores an innovative model the State National Health Mission has implemented to make difference in the lives of thousands of childless couples through Mahila Swasthya Shivirs, or women health camps. The model is unique as it helps women, including those from the Below Poverty Line category, to receive quality treatment sponsored by National Health Mission, Madhya Pradesh, through the State Illness Assistant Fund to fight infertility which is still considered a taboo subject in the rural areas of the State.
The magazine carries a comprehensive conference report on the 3rd edition of Healthcare Summit Rajasthan 2017, which successfully highlighted the State National Health Mission’s campaign against female foeticide, aptly called ‘Daughters are Precious’.
Besides gathering some of the brightest minds of the healthcare industry and other stakeholders under one roof to deliberate on the issues pertaining to the industry, the conference forcefully delivered the message of MD NHM, Rajasthan, which has taken upon itself to take the campaign against female foeticide to every corner of the country.
I wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year while looking forward to their invaluable feedback.