August 2011

Innovations for Change

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Ravi Gupta

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. 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.

Despite India’s recent ascendancy as the hub of the IT and IT enabled services industry powered by a vast pool of skilled manpower, it has lagged tremendously behind other countries in health IT adoption. A recent report says that large corporate hospitals in India spend under only one percent of their operating budget on IT, while in the western countries it is closer to 3 percent.

It is imperative to tackle the twin objectives of facilitating satisfying delivery of services to the beneficiaries and streamlining policy and issues that will facilitate better healthcare delivery in the country.

With this vision and mission, eHEALTH magazine is organising the eHealth World Forum 2011, a global conference on enterprise of healthcare.

Health being one of the most significant parameters of human development, requires utmost emphasis in terms of systems strengthening, enablement and efficiency gains through innovative solutions available through healthcare technologies and hence forms a key track under eWorld Forum 2011.

eHealth World 2011 Awards, a key component of the eHealth World Forum, have been instituted with the primary aim of felicitating and acknowledging unique and innovative initiatives in healthcare. In this edition, eHealth has captured the leading award nominations in the public and jury choice categories. These are innovative programmes and projects in India and worldwide that are changing healthcare scenario around us. It is, most tellingly, a reflection which is remembering. It can be a rainbow collection of projects that track the life of India growing fast.

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