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Private hospitals in Maharashtra redefining healthcare delivery

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With good healthcare delivery becoming a desire of every other person in the light of huge possibilities in modern world, the private sector has emerged as a big ray of hope. In Maharashtra, a number of private hospitals are redefining the healthcare delivery with their special approach to cater top-class services and innovative solutions, observes Mukul Kumar Mishra of Elets News Network (ENN).

It’s a fact that the Indian healthcare system’s horizon is widening like never before, with private hospital chains playing a vital role in strengthening this sector and making it one of the largest sectors in terms of revenue and employment generation.

In Maharashtra, leading from the front are some of the finest hospitals which have become ‘top brands’, illustrating the meaning of care and high-class service in the modern times.

Driven by a steadily growing demand for quality, accessible and cost-efficient medical facilities from all quarters, the healthcare providers are vying to cater to people the best possible services.

Complimenting this endeavour to enhance patient care, hospitals, start-ups are coming up with latest technology and innovative solutions.

At a time when the Central Government is aiming for universal health coverage and coming up with series of healthcare initiatives including Ayushman Bharat to streamline healthcare delivery process, the State Governments are also trying to align themselves by becoming a part of the healthcare bandwagon.

The State Governments are encouraging start-ups to come up with latest healthcare solutions to provide cost efficient yet top-class medical facilities.

Maharashtra Government – Key Player in Healthcare Delivery

Maharashtra Government has always placed healthcare as top priority and taken many pro-people initiatives to strengthen healthcare delivery process.

To provide insurance coverage to people belonging to vulnerable section of the society, the State Government started Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana in 2012. The scheme has been renamed recently as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, covers 22.3 million ration card holders. Under the scheme , the Maharashtra Government provides an assured sum up to Rs 1,50,000.

The State Government is trying to integrate the scheme with recently announced National Health Protection scheme to provide maximum health benefits to people.

The State has also proposed to upgrade a total of 1,270 sub-centres run by the public health department into health and wellness centres. Under “Maharashtra State Innovation and Start-Up Policy”, an investment of Rs 5,000 crore was recently announced for start-ups.

Apart from above, the State Government also adopts digital health technologies to reach out to patients in the remote areas. Various incentives have been announced to improve health indicators, including maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) to cater rural population.

The Government of Maharashtra and Johnson & Johnson India recently entered into a collaboration stating both will work together to address pressing public health issues such as tuberculosis (TB), maternal and child health, infection prevention, diabetes, obesity and menstrual hygiene. They will support healthcare professionals and nurses in the state to further develop their skills in these areas.

With the strategy to reduce its dependency on other countries for supply of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and faulty medical devices, the State Government is working on to formulate an exclusive policy on developing bulk drug parks and medical device parks.  Eight major pharmaceutical companies are in talks with the Government to develop bulk drugs park in Nagpur.

In addition, the State Government is aiming for numero-uno position in healthcare tourism through its state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, well-trained medical professionals, low cost of delivery and zero waiting time.

A medical tourism policy is being worked upon to provide the best services to the patients and their families. The policy, which aims to make medical tourism sector transparent and accountable, will bring stakeholders including healthcare facilities, hospitality, logistic service providers etc together in an efficient and transparent manner that skips middle-men and unneeded fees.

To provide necessary information about treatments and costs to foreign patients, the Government is toying with the idea to establish a web portal. It will list NABH hospitals in the State with varied treatments they offer and hospitality and logistic service providers. A single window platform will cater foreign patients with clear-cut information on hospitals and their treatment programmes, transport, hospitality and logistic service providers.

Around 50,000 patients from abroad visit Maharashtra annually to get treated for various ailments including heart, orthopaedic and cancer.

Both public and private hospitals are making big strides to cater people in the best possible manner.

 In a bid to push healthcare delivery in Maharashtra region to the next level, some of the most reputed private hospitals including Kokilaben, Hinduja, Lilavati, Breach Candy, Seven Hills, L H Hiranandani hospital and Wadia Hospitals, have today earned a distinct reputation.

 Some of the leading hospitals of Maharashtra

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute

Started in 2009, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute is India’s most advanced tertiary care facility. With the confluence of top-notch talent, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art infrastructure, it is providing people best service.

Some unique features of this hospital include largest dialysis centre in Mumbai with 42 machines, 300 paramedics, 180 critical care beds, 22 operating theatres and full time specialists system.

The cutting edge technologies include da Vinci Surgical System (Robotic Surgery), Orthopaedic, ENT and Neuro Navigation Systems, Armeo Spring, a Computer-enhanced rehabilitation Device to improve hand and arm impairments for patients suffering from strokes, brain injuries or neurological disorders, Lokomat Pro, a Robotic-driven Gait Orthosis and Computer-enhanced Rehabilitation device to improve walking in neurologically impaired patients, Radiation Oncology Linac Suites equipped with Trilogy for radiotherapy and Novalis Tx for precise and pain-free radiosurgeries and EDGETM – the most powerful Stereotactic Radiosurgery tool for cancer treatment.

The hospital started centre for robotic surgery in 2012 and has done more than 1,800 surgeries till date. It is a breakthrough surgical technique which is an effective, minimally-invasive alternative to both open and laparoscopic surgery. It was developed to overcome both the limitations of MIS (Minimally invasive surgery) and enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery. The main benefits to the patient include shorter hospital stay, lesser pain, lower risk of infection and faster recovery.

 Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital

Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, said, “We introduced NABH to Mumbai in the year 2007.  This was the first time that quality centric healthcare was brought in Mumbai.  The hospital went on to focus on quality, brought internal and external audits and secured NABL, NABH for Blood Bank and NABH accreditation for excellence in nursing. The thrust to Primary Angioplasty in Myocardial Infarction (PAMI) was given by this hospital and arguably has the largest series in this city for such procedures today.”

“The hospital started clinical pathways which have given excellent quality of results for patients in the hospital.  The doctors have national and international recognition and render second opinions to even institution in this city which helps quality of healthcare rendered to people in Mumbai. The hospital has a broad spectrum of specialties to give succor to all,” he further added.

Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre

Started in 1997 with 10 beds and 22 doctors, Lilavati hospital has come a long way and established its reputation among Maharashtra’s leading healthcare brands.

Today, it boasts of 323 beds with one of the largest Intensive Care Units (ICUs), most advanced 12 operation theaters and more than 300 consultants. The hospital with its state of art facilities, attends to around 300 in-patients and out-patients on daily basis.

From interventional radiology to interventional neuroradiology, the hospital provides a range of services to provide quality healthcare. The hospital has also centers of excellence under which best services in cardiology and different kinds of surgery are provided.  The department of cardiology is one of the leading departments of the hospital and one of the foremost in the country.

 P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre

Joy Chakraborty, Chief  Operating  Officer, P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre says, quality of Care” rather guides the hospital.

“We were the first hospital in India to install a Gamma Knife, one of the few institutions to have a PET CT, Linear Accelerator with Multileaf Collimeter (MLC) and Micro MLC. The hospital also boasts of the Radial Lounge, the first of its kind in India to carry out Coronary Angiography from hand in a sitting position; NAT Blood Testing, state-of-the-art Guided Air Flow OT’s, a fully equipped Bone Marrow Transplant unit and an integrated Robotic system, said Chakraborty.

 “This state probably has the most number of branded hospitals in the country inside one single city which could be one of the reasons for so many healthcare start-ups to set shop here,” he further stated.

Breach Candy Hospital

Known for its medical expertise, excellent nursing care and quality diagnostics, the Breach Candy Hospital has been a beacon of light for the suffering for over 50 years. Many procedures in routine use including Coronary Angioplasty, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Critical Care ICU and Hysteroscopy were first performed here. The hospital has earned national recognition as a leader in interventional cardiology.

Wadia Hospital

 Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO , Wadia Hospitals, said, “BaiJerbai Wadia Hospital for Children is India’s first, one of the largest and best-known hospital for Paediatric care in India. The Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital specialises in offering affordable Obstetric and Gynaecological services to women across all sections of society, catering to their changing needs through different stages of their lives.”

Conclusively saying, our country biggest state of Maharashtra holds a huge scope for improvising the existing system in terms of an affordable and accessible healthcare for all. The existence of leading top hospitals should inspire the rest, not just in private but the government sector as well.

A good system prevailing in a set of top class hospitals must be looked upon as a medium to learn and adapt best practices so that the excellence of a few administrations could benefit the hospitals at large.

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