Februaury 2009

NEWS REVIEW – INDIA

TCG Lifesciences conferred excellence award by Inst of Economic Studies

TCG Lifesciences Limited has been conferred with ‘Excellence Award’ and its Managing Director, Swapan Bhattacharya with ‘Udyog Rattan’, by one of India’s premier research institutes ‘Institute of Economic Studies’ (IES) for outstanding achievements in the field of life sciences and contribution in India’s industrial development. The awards were presented by HE B. P. Singh, Governor of Sikkim in the presence of Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh, former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Dr. G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, former Election Commissioner of India at the award ceremony in New Delhi.

TCG Lifesciences Limited (formerly Chembiotek Research International) is a leading research services and informatics company with operations in India, Europe, Japan and the United States.

TCGL offers cutting edge drug discovery and development platform whereby the R&D process is seamlessly transitioned from ‘bench to bedside and back’, and laboratory data easily accessed and managed across the product development lifecycle. Its relationships with the customers and collaborators span from specific solutions and sourcing services to integrated projects across multiple domains to complete translational research programs.

Maharashtra’s govt hospitals to be connected

All the 14 government-run medical colleges and 19 affiliates of Maharashtra will be linked through integrated software. The move is expected to bring with it transparency in accounts as well as an increase in administrative accountability.  Each patient visiting the hospital will be given a unique health identity number and will have access to his medical history at any hospital across the state. This Hospital Management and Information System (HMIS) project was flagged off by the state government’s Medical Education and Drugs Department (MEDD) in 2007.

The HMIS project will cost approximately USD 56 million and seven years to complete. The work of laying underground cable and installing computers has started at the Sassoon hospital and the hospital will formally come under the HMIS project in the next two months. The remaining hospitals and medical colleges in the state will get electronically inter-connected with an electronic medical records (EMR) facility in the next two years.

GCS to pump in INR 722 cr to upgrade Cancer Hospital

The utive board and general board of Gujarat Cancer Society (GCS), has recently approved an ambitious plan to convert the hospital into a super speciality cancer care and research institute that will provide treatment at par with international standards by pumping in INR 722 crore, which will be available through public private partnership. The number of beds in the cancer hospital will be increased from current 650 to 1000.

Health minister Jaynarayan Vyas, who is also a member of the board, said that the Society has also decided to establish a state-of-the-art general hospital and a self-finance medical college at the cost of INR 396 crore. The state government has already allocated land at the New Swadshi Mill compound to GCS, which is valued at INR 200 crore. Talking about another major decision by the GCS board, Vyas said that INR 10 crore has been allocated for screening and early detection of cancer in the rural areas of the state. Using mobile medical units, which will be going to different villages across the state for screening of cancer patients. A network of satellite cancer treatment centres will be set up across the state so that even below poverty line (BPL) families can use the facility.

Indian army to modernise its medical services

Recent terror strikes in the country’s financial capital, Mumbai have forced action in India’s Armed Forces to modernise their medical services so as to minimise the reaction time during emergency situation.

Commenting on this, Lt Gen Yogendra Singh, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) said, “We are streamlining the disaster management system in all the major hospitals to minimise the response time from two hours to one hour.”

Speaking on the occasion of Army Medical Corps anniversary, Lt Singh said that the decision to compress the response time to ease medical services to the injured at the earliest has been taken following the Mumbai carnage.He also pointed out that the earlier concept was a reaction time of six hours that has now been cut down to two hours and now armed forces are working out to respond it within an hour. He further added that as per the modernisation plan, army hospitals have been provided with the latest medical equipment such as MRI, Lasik Laser machine, oxygen generation plants.

Hospitals in Chandigarh to be snychronised

Jolting the health department in Chandigarh out of its slumber, the recent case in PGI where a patient died after being admitted to ICU allegedly due to bed shortage, has once again raked up the issue of synchorinsing all hospitals. We will ensure that all hospitals share information. The private hospitals having required facilities will also be empanelled to provide the same service at agreed rates.

The available services with rates will be circulated in the government hospitals where the patients can take their relatives.

People who come from far flung areas to PGI are unaware of the facilities in the Tricity’s private hospitals. In order to take care of service deficiencies in the healthcare system and avoid disruption of treatment, the Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh, will send the list of the empanelled hospitals with the facilities to all government hospitals. Chandigarh unit IMA president Zora Singh said, “There are 25 private hospitals in the city. But we have to include those centres, which agree to the rates we want. We are working on that and will take another two weeks.”

Asclepius Clinic- new software for consulting doctors & physicians

DesignTech Systems Ltd, a leading solutions provider in healthcare and Product Lifecycle Management has introduced a range of healthcare solutions for small to large hospitals. They have launched a new affordable workhorse especially for consulting doctors and medical practioners.

Coming at a price tag of less than a high end mobile phone, this ‘Asclepius Clinic’ handles a host of tasks for the doctors like managing queues, patient data base, billing, tracking the treatment for each patient and many more.

Mr. Vikas Khanvelkar, MD, DesignTech Systems Ltd. Said, “For consultants and doctors today, the availability of patient’s full data at a click of a mouse and the ability to archive the data and manage the queues will be really useful. It will also save valuable time they spend on keeping records year after year.” Further, Asclepius Clinic will enable doctors to meet the critical ensuing IRDA regulations he added. With growing demand for this product, DesignTech is increasing the reach by appointing dealers / stockist’s for distributing it all over Maharashtra and Gujarat. Product will be rolled out all over India and abroad by first quarter of 2009.

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