With the beginning of the New Year 2011, eHEALTH achieves yet another landmark of completing 50 successful issues. The journey has been extremely exciting with the Indian healthcare sector achieving greater heights in the past decade. Healthcare has emerged as one of the most progressive and largest service sectors in India with an expected GDP spend of 8 percent by 2012 from 5.5 per cent in 2009. At present the sector is estimated to be around US$ 40 billion, in size, and will grow to US$ 78.6 billion by 2012. The Indian healthcare sector is expected to become a US$ 280 billion industry by 2020 with spending on health estimated to grow 14 percent annually.

The eHEALTH 50th issue is dedicated to innovations in the health industry; it covers actions and action heroes in healthcare sector during last decade. Encompassing the length and breadth of the industry, eHEALTH 50 spans across innovative landmarks in health IT, medical technology, government initiatives, healthcare delivery centres, life sciences, surgical procedures, people who have made all this possible, and more. Through this issue, eHEALTH aims to acknowledge, appreciate and salute the initiatives and innovations that have helped bring the much requisite transformation in the Indian healthcare industry.

Going further, 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. Dr Prathap C Reddy, in an exclusive interview, reflects upon his journey from a cardiologist to an entrepreneur to a leader in the vibrant Indian healthcare sector. Throwing light upon the applications of space technology in healthcare and the government’s initiative in this space, Dr K Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission, provides insight into the future of this industry in India. Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudyalaya talks about Yeshaswani, the micro health insurance scheme for the poor farmers, which is very close to his heart.

Once again, we express our deepest gratitude for every author, contributor, advertiser, 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 2011!.

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