Thought Leaders

jitendar-sharmaDr Jitendar Sharma
Director-WHO Collaborating Center for Priority Medical Devices & Health Technology Policy, NHSRC, MoHFW, New Delhi


The world is a mix of workers, planners and decision makers. Decision makers feel very much empowered looking at information because it tells them about administration, and how to handle things in a better way. We can make huge innovations if technology is transformed into knowledge technology.

We always go after the number of patients handled or we lay emphasis on providing free diagnostic services with an older technology. It is important for us that we should now adopt predictive analysis that can alert us in advance on epidemic outbreaks. This is what transforming information technology into knowledge technology is.


gayatri-vDr Gayatri V Mahindroo
Director, National Accreditation Boards for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

For ensuring proper healthcare services, it is important to emphasise on its quality. IT or the PPP model has an important role to play in this regard. IT can handle many issues like medication errors and it can prevent them as well There is still room for errors. Integration of technology can bring down the number of errors.


priyaDr Priya Balasubramaniam (Balu) Kakkar
Senior Public Health Specialist and Scientist / Director- PHFI-Royal Norwegian Embassy Universal Health Care Initiative

We were instituted to build capacity in public health in the country and focus on couple of areas. We conduct public health research which involves epidemiology, infectious diseases, etc. We assist state governments by providing them with more evident information that helps them in making decisions for many programmes.


padmaM V Padma Srivastava
Professor, Department of Neurology, AIIMS, New Delhi

India has a distinction in staggering number of strokes. According to ICMR, in 2010, India recorded 1.65 million strokes and its second most cause of death in the country. Strokes are also the first common cause of disability in India. Strokes are now happening more amongst the young populace. We have youngsters with heart attacks, diabetes and strokes. According to various publications, almost 30 per cent of all strokes are happening in young Indians. So, strokes among young people are extremely important societal concern. The ground reality is different despite having all advancements in healthcare. The first basic requirement to deal with strokes is time because every minute which lapses after a blood vessel is clogged is crucial for survival.


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