Editorial

Its yet another new year …and a new beginning indeed !

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For certain, it is much more than getting used to the number 2008. For all of us at eHEALTH there is one more reason to celebrate as we complete one year, while at the same time entering third year of our publication (starting with our first issue in November 2006 !).

To mark this occasion, we present you a fresh look edition in this new year month – the ‘Annual Special Issue’.

To make this issue a truly collector’s edition, we brought together some senior professionals, entrepreneurs, industry analysts and technology innovators across healthcare and IT industry.

An array of expert articles and  insight interviews covered in this issue, brings out some of the industry best practices, business challenges and innovative solutions that are set to transform this industry forever.

Dig into the pages to know what’s in store for you…

The year gone past had surely been quite eventful and exciting for the healthcare industry. With a plethora of state-art-of-art hospitals being launched all over the country; handful of mergers and acquisitions that happened all around and a free-flow of investments pouring into the sector healthcare is surely on a high.

However, the most promising segment for this year seems to be – ‘medical technology’. Leveraging on a few strategic (although long awaited) policy decisions from the government and bearing the fruits of a long-drawn persistent effort by a few good domestic and multinational enterprises, India is surely to emerge as a hub of medical equipment manufacturing. While companies like Trivitron is starting up with its own medical technology park near Chennai (with a 1000 crore turnover target in 3 years), the Central Government on the other hand has announced SEZ-style manufacturing hub for corporates looking to start up production in the country.

Of late, there have been some exciting news of collaboration between healthcare, IT and medical technology companies, both in private and public domain. GE Healthcare’s recent partnership with Government of Madhya Pradesh for providing low-cost, high-quality diagnostic services is a landmark move by the multinational giant in bringing benefits to the masses. On similar lines, Intel and World Ahead Program Alliance Members recently launched a telehealth project in the old city of Chandni Chowk in Delhi third of its kind after the successful pilots in Baramati (Maharashtra) and Tindivanam (Tamilnadu). Among B2B collaborations, some of the most noteworthy have been Apollo Hospitals-IBM NHDN initiative, the Fortis-Microsoft technology partnership, Philips-Artemis diagnostic device research initiative, and a host of similar such ventures.

Wishing all of you a very Happy and Prosperous Year 2008 !

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