In-vitro diagnostics (IVD), one of the most crucial segments in the healthcare industry, has created much excitement in the Indian healthcare market, over the past few years. The current IVD market size is estimated to be around US $300-400 million with a phenomenal growth rate of around 15%, which is much higher than the CAGR of the global IVD market. Despite the current dynamics, IVD still remains an underrated segment, not receiving the due attention and credit of various stakeholders including government. However, the market is growing and will continue to grow at a high CAGR. Majority of this growth can be attributed to the rise in number of clinical laboratories, which are the main service providers in the diagnostic segment. Growing at a rate of 30-35%, the number of automated chemistry laboratories, have increased from 700 in 2004 to 1800 in 2010. Major laboratory chains such as SRL Ranbaxy, Dr Lal’s PathLabs, and Metropolis; stand-alone laboratories; hospital laboratories and independent laboratories, all form a part of this growth. The cover story in this issue highlights the various aspects of in-vitro diagnostics in India.
Going further, public health in India has evolved in a big way with many initiatives from the Central as well as State Governments. The Health and Family Welfare Department of the Government of Gujarat, has introduced a mother and child name-based tracking information management system called ‘e-Mamta’ in collaboration with the NIC, Gujarat. A first-of-its kind system, e-Mamta is a web-based software application accessed through www.e-mamta.guj.nic.in. The system covers the entire Gujarat with special emphasis on rural, urban slum and slum-like population.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ‘Reproductive Health’ project has also been actively involved in improving maternal health in five districts of the Sagar division of Madhya Pradesh, since September 2005. Strategically working in small scale, JICA has accumulated operational knowledge on several maternal health activities for safe motherhood.
We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of eHealth’s 50th issue in January 2011. Beginning with the 50th Special Issue in January, the year 2011 will mark a new beginning for eHealth magazine as it moves on to newer dimensions.