Editorial

A new destination ..and just as new a beginning

As we bid adieu to another successful year for healthcare, we have much to look forward to in the new year 2010. The year gone by saw the healthcare industry undergoing major transitions. While, countries all across were plagued with the swine flu pandemic, there was a major thrust in research activities to control its spread.

The good news is that despite the economic meltdown, the healthcare industry continued to grow and evolve in 2009, and it is expected to follow the same trend in 2010 as well. Governments across the globe have put healthcare on top of their charts and are making enormous efforts to incorporate latest technologies with the hope of a healthy future for all. Taking charge of the US Government, President Obama is committed to bring healthcare reforms for the country, especially through large scale adoption of ehealth.

Talking specifically about ehealth market in India, things are looking bigger and brighter than ever before. With a market projections shooting by the day, health IT vendors have all the reasons to make merry. The year gone by witnessed the beginning of one of the biggest government sector ehealth projects in India – that of US$ 300 million (Rs. 1182 crore) worth of ESIC’s ‘Project Panchdeep’ (awarded to Wipro) and two of the biggest private sector health IT projects – namely, Max Healthcare’s 10 year long US$ 90 million IT outsourcing program (with Dell Perot Systems) and Fortis Healthcare’s US$ 15 million IT initiative (with HCL).

In line with our commitment to offer you the latest in ICT applications in healthcare and medical technologies, this issue is a comprehensive compilation of perspectives and experiences of stalwarts of the healthcare industry, including senior government officials, policy makers, health IT experts and global thought leaders in ehealth. The issue also includes a few case studies focussing on successful implementation of some of the best health IT solutions offered by leading vendors.

This new year, we celebrate innovations in healthcare technology by bringing you eHEALTH’s Fourth Anniversary Special Issue. On this occasion, we feel exceedingly proud for having completed four successful years of publication and being the leading monthly print and online magazine on healthcare ICTs and technologies, not only in India, but across the whole of Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to all the authors and contributors of this magazine, our special thanks for all the advertisers from the industry, and our deepest gratitude for every reader and subscriber of this publication who have time and again reposed their faith and belief in our purpose, by being our biggest supporters and advisors.
We wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2010!

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