The healthcare industry in India has grown by leaps and bounds over the pastÂ few decades and is now worth an estimated INR 2 lakh crores. With a blend ofÂ public and private facilities, healthcare in India is seeing a surge of world-classÂ technologies making it one of the best healthcare industries in the world.
In this special feature, eHEALTH provides a glimpse of the jouneys of theÂ stalwarts, who through their contributions have taken Indian healthcare toÂ greater heights. The feature shares experiences and visions of these leadersÂ and how they have inspired others to achieve the best for the Indian healthcareÂ industry.
A Vijay Simha
Chief Operating Offi cer and Vice President
BPL Health Management Solutions Division
A Vijay Simha joined BPL in 2006 after completing hisÂ assignment with Unisantis SA, head quartered at Geneva,Â Switzerland, as the CEO of Europe and North America.Â He was involved in the development of a very specialised
optical component used in focussing X-rays which hadÂ applications in the characterisation of materials and itsÂ performance.
A family of products was also developed using theÂ technology to perform non-destructive testing ofÂ aerostructures and civil structures, in the process controlÂ of materials, elemental analysis of materials as well asÂ low dose medical imaging.
At BPL, the effort, the Health Management SolutionsÂ Division has focussed on are technologies and servicesÂ that address the needs of the frontline and primaryÂ healthcare practitioners, point of care diagnostic devicesÂ and specifi c customised solutions for primary care. ItsÂ association with Welch Allyn USA complemented its rangeÂ of specifi c diagnostic tools that enhance the effectivenessÂ of diagnosis and treatment at the point of care.
As a company, BPL strongly advocates the need toÂ implement effective screening of the population in orderÂ to reduce the morbidity and mortality which contributesÂ to a much better quality of life. The spin off is also reducedÂ cost of treatment and higher productivity of the nation.Â This can be achieved if the masses were provided withÂ accessibility of these screening services, penetration ofÂ the primary healthcare infrastructure into the interiorsÂ and compliance to therapy, apart from awareness andÂ education.
Being a stakeholder within this space, the businessesÂ should be committed to providing a dependable supportÂ system to both the public health system and privateÂ practitioners so that they could carry on their missionÂ without interruption as this costs lives, increasedÂ suffering and wasted money.
Ajay G Piramal
Chairman,Â Piramal Group
âAjay G Piramal is the key personÂ behind Piramalâs success in theÂ healthcare space in India.â
Ajay G Piramal, the Chairman of Piramal Group,Â holds a Master in Management Studies from JamnalalÂ Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, University ofÂ Bombay and has done Advanced Management ProgrammeÂ from the Harvard Business School in 1992.
Mr Piramalâs vision is to make his group theÂ most admired one, in the eyes of all its stakeholdersÂ including the customers, shareholders, employees,Â and the society.
Piramal Healthcare, a leading healthcare company,Â has had a growth record of 29 percent CAGR sinceÂ 1988. Pharma Solutions, a division of Piramal Healthcare, isÂ one of the worldâs leading pharmaceutical manufacturingÂ companies offering a unique full life cycle partnershipÂ and drug development services to small/virtual andÂ big pharma companies. Piramal has also forayed intoÂ the life sciences segment recently and Piramal LifeÂ Sciences has a state-of-the-art R&D laboratory in MumbaiÂ with over 300 scientists engaged in various drug discoveryÂ processes. The Piramal Group has a strong presenceÂ in the diagnostics market as well and owns IndiaâsÂ largest chain of clinical diagnostic centres.
Ajay G Piramal, one of Indiaâs most dynamicÂ business visionaries, has spearheaded the growth ofÂ this group and been the key person behindÂ Piramalâs success in the healthcare spaceÂ in India.
âAjayâs experience makes himÂ believe that India has aÂ phenomenal potential to be aÂ global base for medicalÂ device innovations.â
Ajay Pitre, the Managing Director of Sushrut-AdlerÂ Group, has played an instrumental role in the growthÂ and development of the indigenous medical equipmentÂ industry for over two decades now. Sushrut Group has aÂ presence throughout India with a network of more thanÂ 140 distributors. Apart from India, the Group operates inÂ 28 other countries.
Ajayâs experience in the Indian medical deviceÂ market makes him believe that India has a phenomenalÂ potential to be a global base for medical deviceÂ innovations. Acknowledging his contribution to theÂ Indian orthopaedic industry, he was honoured with theÂ âCertifi cate of Excellenceâ by the Indian orthopaedicÂ association in 2003.
Ajay is a member of the FICCI Medical Device ForumÂ and Vice President of the CII MLED. He is also a memberÂ of the core committee advising the government on theÂ formation and implementation of the Medical DevicesÂ Regulation standards in India
Ajayâs expertise and dedication are probably theÂ most important reasons for the leadership position theÂ Sushrut-Adler group enjoys in the Indian market today,Â a fact that has been confi rmed externally through aÂ survey by Datamonitor (a Reuters Group Company), anÂ international rating agency in 2002. All this has beenÂ possible under the able leadership of Mr. Pitre.
Founder & Chairman
Max India Ltd.
âAnaljit Singh has spearheadedÂ the sustained growth and successÂ of the Max India Groupâ
Analjit Singh has spearheaded the sustained growthÂ and success of the Max India Group that includesÂ Max Healthcare Institute Ltdâone of the leadingÂ chain of hospitals in India. Max Healhcare comprisesÂ of over 800 beds and 8 hospitals in Delhi,Â 1500 physicians and 3000 support staff. With state-of-the artÂ infrastructure and 225 ICU beds Max ranks among theÂ best hospitals in the country.
Anajitâs dream to bring service excellence to theÂ country made him plunge into the hospitals and lifeÂ insurance industries and he has excelled in these fi elds.Â An alumnus of Doon School, Dehradun;Â Shriram College of Commerce, University of Delhi; SchoolÂ of Management and the Graduate School of Management,Â Boston University, Boston, USA, Analjit is a self-madeÂ entrepreneur and one of Indiaâs leading business persons.Â In addition to the Max Hospitals, Max Group includesÂ Max Bupa, a health insurance company and MaxÂ Neeman, a clinical research organisation; in theÂ healthcare space.
Under the dynamic leadership of Analjit, MaxÂ Healthcare envisions to deliver world-class healthcareÂ with a service focus by creating an institution committedÂ to the highest standards of medical & service excellence,Â patient care, scientific knowledge and medicalÂ education. The company aims to create unparalleledÂ standards of medical and service outcome.
Senior Director & Business Head â Indian Sub Continent
âAnjan through his expertise hasÂ brought the latest and bestÂ medical technologies toÂ the country. â
An Electronics and Electrical Communication EngineerÂ from Indian Institute of Technology, Anjan Bose beganÂ his career as a Service Engineer at Philips Medical almostÂ three decades back.
Throughout his journey, he has been actively involvedÂ in shaping Philips Healthcareâs stand in the Indian subÂ continent and has been involved in several importantÂ functions within the healthcare industry.
During his career with Philips, Anjan has alsoÂ worked in Europe as a Regional Manager and at PhilipsÂ Headquarters in Holland. Apart from Philips, Anjan hasÂ also worked with Hewlett Packard Medical in South AsiaÂ and Emerging Markets in Asia.
A Council Member of the European Business Group,Â Anjan, in the past, has also been the Chairman of theÂ Medical Equipment Forum of Federation of IndianÂ Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and theÂ Co-Chairman of its Health Services Committee.
As a part of one of the leading medical equipmentÂ vendors in the world, Anjan through his expertise hasÂ brought the latest and best medical technologies to theÂ country. He has played a key role in shaping the medicalÂ technology of the Indian healthcare industry.
Anjan Bose has the overall responsibility for leadingÂ the entire operations in this region and to ensure theÂ market leadership, signifi cant growth and customerÂ delight for all the Medical Systems businesses.
Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur
Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur, the pioneer of teleradiologyÂ in India, completed his medical education at IndiaâsÂ premier medical school AIIMS, New Delhi followed byÂ postgraduation in Diagnostic Radiology leading to theÂ MD degree, also at the AIIMS. In 1992, Dr KalyanpurÂ moved to the US where he obtained fellowship trainingÂ in Body Imaging at the Cornell University Medical CenterÂ in New York and in Neuroradiology at the Yale UniversityÂ School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut and alsoÂ became certifi ed by the American Board of Radiology.Â Dr Kalyanpur then worked on the Clinical Faculty of YaleÂ University before returning to India in 1999.
In 2002, he set up Teleradiology Solutions, a one-ofits-kind health care IT company that today providesÂ teleradiologic interpretations to over 100 hospitals inÂ the US, Singapore, Europe and now in remote areasÂ of India. Teleradiology Solutions (US) is accreditedÂ by the US Joint Commission for Accreditation ofÂ Healthcare Organizations. It is also the fi rst organizationÂ outside Singapore to be accredited by the Ministry ofÂ Health, Singapore. Through its Telerad Foundation itÂ provides high quality telediagnostics to remote partsÂ of India. Through its teaching website www.radguru.Â net, it provides a valuable online teaching resource toÂ radiologists globally. A state-of-the-art training center,Â Radgurukul has been created to deliver regular updates toÂ radiologists and technologists in the form of conferences,Â with international videopresence. Its technology division,Â Teleradtech has developed a cutting edge radiologyÂ workfl ow platform RadSPA. This has been made possibleÂ in part by the drive and initiative of Teleradiologyâs CEO,Â Dr Kalyanpur. Dr Kalyanpur has been featured several Â years in succession in Whoâs Â ho in the World and WhoâsÂ Who in Medicine. He has also been featured on, amongÂ other places, ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and theÂ New England Journal of Medicine as the path breakingÂ pioneer of teleradiology services in Asia.
Brig. (Hony. ) Dr. Arvind Lal
Chairman and Managing Director
Dr. Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd.
Brig. (Hony.) Dr. Arvind LalÂ is the Chairman andÂ Managing Director of Dr. Lal PathLabs, which is oneÂ of the best pathology laboratory chains in India. TakingÂ over Dr. Lal PathLabs in 1977, Dr. Arvind Lal broughtÂ about complete modernisation of the laboratoriesÂ keeping in mind the emerging global trends inÂ laboratory medicine. He is recognised as a pioneer inÂ bringing laboratory services in India at par with theÂ western world.
In July 2009, Dr Lal was accorded with the honoraryÂ rank of Brigadier in the Armed Forces Medical ServicesÂ by the Honâble President of India. In the same year,Â Dr. Arvind Lal was also conferred with the prestigiousÂ âPadma Shriâ award recognising his excellent work inÂ bringing up laboratory medicine in the Indian healthcareÂ sector. In addition, Dr. Lal has won several awards andÂ honours including the âDelhi Ratnaâ award; âIndiraÂ Gandhi Solidarityâ award; and âInternational BusinessÂ Councilâ award, among others. In 2001, Dr Arvind Lal wasÂ appointed as the Honorary Physician to the President ofÂ India.
Dr. Arvind Lal has taken Dr. Lal PathLabs to greaterÂ heights making it one of the most reputed laboratoriesÂ in Asia with the highest number of accreditations (eight)Â from the National Accreditation Board for TestingÂ and Calibration Laboratories. The laboratory is alsoÂ internationally recognised in the form of accreditationÂ from the College of American Pathologists (CAP – USA).Â The lab currently tests more than 12,000 patients a day inÂ its 60 labs all over India.
Dr. Lal is credited with introducing several news tests,Â instruments and technologies, and ICT implementationÂ in laboratory medicine. The R&D unit under Dr. LalÂ PathLabs is recognised by the Department of ScienceÂ and Technology and thus provides highly specializedÂ tests at low cost to the weaker sections of the society.
Dr. Ashok Kumar
Dy. Director General
Central Health Services (CHS), Govt. of India
Dr. Ashok Kumar has been a part of several programmes/Â initiatives including Global Smallpox Eradication; ICMRâsÂ research on Cholera; preventive and social medicineÂ teaching at Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi andÂ MAMC, New Delhi; research and teaching on Leprosy andÂ its eradication, directing National Leprosy EradicationÂ Programme; research and teaching on LymphaticÂ Filariasis and Intestinal Parasitic Infections; eradicationÂ of Guinea Worm disease; National TB Control and MentalÂ Health; MCH/Reproductive & Child Health; Malaria and
Other Vector borne diseases control; health promotion &Â education; Public Health (Prevention of Food AdulterationÂ Act); and Health Intelligence and Family of InternationalÂ Classification (FIC – ICD, ICF & ICHI) related activitiesÂ and consultancies at national & international levels sinceÂ January 2004.
He has won several awards that recognise hisÂ work in the health sector including WHO and GOIÂ Meritorious Service Certifi cate for Global SmallÂ Pox Eradication; WHO Fellowship; Technical FocalÂ Point for SAARC TB Control in India; Led HighÂ Level Indian Delegation to the First World CongressÂ on Maternal Mortality, Marakesh, Morroco; TheÂ President Carter (USA) Award for Guinea WormÂ Disease Eradication from India; Indian Association ofÂ Epidemiologists Honour Certifi cate for Guinea WormÂ Disease Eradication from India, by Honâble MinisterÂ of Health & FW, Govt. Of India; Meritorious Service AwardÂ 2002 for contributions towards leprosy eliminationÂ by Honâble Lt. Governor of Delhi; Dr B C Das GuptaÂ Oration Award, Indian Public Health Association;Â and Golden Jubilee Award, Indian Public HealthÂ Association (IPHA).
He has more than 120 publications in various national/international journals and has contributed in more thanÂ 300 conferences/seminars/symposia and workshops atÂ national and international levels.
Dr. Ashok Seth
Chairman â Cardiac Sciences
Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre
Dr. Ashok Seth, an internationally renowned cardiologist,Â has contributed extensively to the growth, developmentÂ and scientifi c progress of Cardiology especiallyÂ Interventional Cardiology in India and across the world.Â Over the past 20 years he has pioneered numerousÂ angioplasty techniques for India and Asia Pacifi c region.Â His pioneering efforts in angioplasty have won himÂ respect and accolades all across the world.
His efforts have created a unique respect for IndiaÂ on the international sphere especially in the West. ForÂ his unique achievements and contributions he wasÂ honoured by the National award of âPADMA SHRIâ by theÂ President of India in 2003. Dr. Seth has performed one ofÂ the higest number of angiographies and angioplasties inÂ the world â which is acknowledged by the âLIMCAâ BookÂ of Records. Â Dr. Seth has the unique honor to be invited toÂ demonstrate and teach complex angioplasty techniquesÂ via the satellite transmission from New Delhi to theÂ âTranscatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics in 2003 &Â 2007â Meeting in Washington DC (USA) and to EuroPCRÂ in Paris in 2006 (from Bangkok) & in 2003 (from Chennai),Â which are the most important and biggest meetings ofÂ Interventional Cardiologists across the World.
Dr. Seth has had the unique distinction to be electedÂ on the Board of Governors of Society of CardiacÂ Angiographies and Intervention (USA). This is a fi rstÂ for any cardiologist from Asia. Dr. Seth is setting up aÂ Foundation in association with patients of heart diseaseÂ (Prem Lata Foundation – Dil Se Dil) to further the causeÂ of those suffering from heart disease. This foundationÂ aims to prevention in of heart disease, patient education,Â activities to raise fund for poor patients and forumsÂ and activities to decrease the cost of heart care in thisÂ country. It also targets burning issues like âawareness ofÂ heart disease in womenâ as well as âvalve disease in poorÂ patients in villagesâ.
Chief utive Offi cer, Aarogyasri Health Care Trust
Under Mr Babu Aâs leadership the unique healthÂ insurance scheme âRajiv Aarogyasri Community HealthÂ Insurance Schemeâ, transformed the health care scenarioÂ in AndhraPradesh. He has established an online processÂ fl ow for tracking patients from the point of screening inÂ the villages, reporting to hospitals, treatment, discharge,Â follow-up and fund management thus making the schemeÂ work on a paperless platform with accountability. TheÂ other salient features of the scheme include universalÂ coverage, identifi ed packages, cashless diagnosticsÂ and treatment, health camps, Aarogyamithras (PatientÂ facilitators), etc. The scheme is being run under aÂ Public-Private-Partnership that includes a private insurer,Â public and private hospitals, womenâs self-help groupsÂ and the state government. There are strict protocolsÂ on the treatment, with 942 medical and surgicalÂ packages listed and the costs fi xed by the trustâs panelÂ of doctors. Since inception of the scheme 17,338 medicalÂ camps were held by the network hospitals in rural areasÂ and 30.28 lakh patients were screened in these healthÂ camps. So far 9.36 lakh patients were treated as outpatientsÂ and 6.68 lakh patients treated as in-patients in 350Â network hospitals under the scheme. 5.76 lakh patientsÂ underwent surgery / therapy and the amountÂ preauthorized for the same is Rs 1704.29 crores.
Babu A completed MSc (Agriculture) from IndianÂ Agricultural Research Institute with specialization inÂ Agricultural Extension and BSc (Agriculture) from CollegeÂ of Agriculture, Vellayani, Trivandrum, Kerala AgriculturalÂ University. He has a vast experience, which includesÂ being the Manager, National Bank for Agriculture &Â Rural Development, Bhopal; Indian Revenue Service;Â Assistant Commissioner (Customs & Central Excise);Â Assistant Collector, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh; IndianÂ Administrative Service; and Sub Collector, Madanapally,Â Chittoor, AP.