‘We plan to invest USD 50 million in Indian healthcare’

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We plan to include value added services and free treatments for the extreme bottom of the pyramid patients with the help of IT innovation, cutting edge technology, says Dr Akil Khan, Vice Chairman, Enso Care. In Conversation with Rachita Jha, ENN

What made Enso Care venture into healthcare in India?
We decided to enter into a PPP to create a meaningful impact on overall Indian society. We have chalked out plans of investments of USD 50 million with an appetite for more projects with various other state governments too. Currently we have won tenders for Maharashtra and Punjab Governments for diagnostics facilities in 43 civil hospitals, 22 in Maharashtra and 21 in Punjab. GE is a renowned Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and we are proud of our association with them. We plan to include value added services and free treatments for the extreme bottom of the pyramid patients with the help of IT innovation, cutting edge technology and well-trained medical staff. We are currently investing time in building our management bandwidth and operational capabilities to ute the job at hand as quickly as possible.

Tell us more about the PPP with Government of Maharashtra?
Currently, 38 district and other large hospitals under Government of Maharashtra cater to about 100 million people. It is estimated that in a year, these 38 hospitals would be referring over 100,000 CT scans, 50,000 MRIs, 300,000 Color Doppler studies, 900,000 x-rays and 40,000 mammography examinations required for early detection and treatment of diseases. However, in the absence of quality diagnostic imaging infrastructure, these studies are quite often referred to private centres which substantially increases the cost of treatment.

The PPP agreement with Government of Maharashtra is the largest in terms of scale. Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra has signed this ` 150 Crores PPP project to advance healthcare in the State of Maharashtra. The package includes installation of four units of 64 slice CT scanners, 13 units of advance 16 slice CT scanners, eight units of cutting edge 1.5T MRI with 16 channels, 22 high end digital radiography systems, 39 Color Dopplers and 39 analog x-ray units. Womens health is given a special boost with the inclusion of 20 screening mammography units for early breast cancer detection. The financial investment of 150 crore as part of the consortium with leading healthcare companies and will together set up advanced diagnostic facilities at 22 government district and women hospitals, run operations on 24*7 hour basis and provide services at government recommended rate cards for the benefit of larger population.

What are the advantages of PPP model in healthcare for government?
This unique opportunity as provided by this PPP will change the dynamics of healthcare in India, with the largely divided middle class and the underprivileged getting diagnostic services to begin with, at zero cost or at heavily subsidised costs and also getting global standards both in equipment quality on Wipro, GE equipments and international delivery with Enso Care. I congratulate the mammoth efforts of Maharashtra Government and their efforts will surely make a difference to 100 million hearts in the state. Plans for any other states apart from Maharashtra are Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh. Apart from diagnostics, we also are looking out for partnerships in fields of pathology, tele-model and general practitioner model in India.

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