January 2019

Patients views may be the key to reducing medical errors says new study

By |January 7th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Patients’ views are not often included in records of diagnostic errors, but new data released on November 5 suggest that patient and family narratives may contain key [...]

Apollo Hospitals and Aravind Eye Hospital win big at the 6th Asia Pacific HIMSS Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2018

By |January 7th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

The results of the 6th Asia Pacific HIMSSElsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2018 have been announced. This award recognizes outstanding achievements and innovations globally in the implementation and [...]

October 2018

Three Indian Hospitals in the finals of the Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2018

By |October 25th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, and HIMSS Asia Pacific have announced the finalists of the sixth Asia Pacific HIMSSElsevier Digital Healthcare Award [...]

August 2018

Management and Treatment of PostPartum Hemorrhage

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Postpartum Hemorrhage or PPH is a serious concern and the main cause of maternal mortality and morbidity across the world. PPH is the excessive bleeding after childbirth. [...]

Is healthcare ready to take the quantum leap ?

By |August 18th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

In early August, I had the opportunity to lead a panel of doctors and technologists on an interesting topic; “New Technologies shaping the world: Will healthcare take [...]

Your healthcare data could be in better hands as per the new draft privacy bill.

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

The recent announcement of the draft data privacy bill by Justice Sri Krisha Panel has generated a lot of interest in India. Though its too early to comment as [...]

July 2018

Emerging technologies on showcase at the next Philips Digital Health Conclave

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

The promise of emerging technologies and its implications on healthcare have been a topic of discussion lately. I strongly believe that if designed properly, a health platform [...]

June 2018

Philips launches global start-up acceleration program for AI in healthcare

By |June 30th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Following its successful health technology start-up acceleration programs in Bangalore last year, Philips has opened applications for its global start-up acceleration program. The theme for this global [...]

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

Clean Drinking Water lessons from China and how the use of technology can help prevent water borne diseases

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology, Public Health|Tags: , |

A recent article in the BBC talked about a list of 10 cities that would run out of water soon. Second on that list is the garden [...]

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Sentiment Analysis conference in Bangalore

By |February 5th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

  Artificial Intelligence is deemed to be the main driver of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Investment in AI has grown at a phenomenal rate with companies investing [...]

January 2018

Philips Healthcare launches Innovative low cost diagnosis with Access CT at AOCR 2018

By |January 26th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

According to a recent report by Pharmaion, medical imaging equipment market in India is to cross US$ 1.6 billion by 2021. Majority of this growth is tipped [...]

Max Hospital license cancellation: A hasty step?

By |January 4th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

The incident that lead to the license cancellation of the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh is a typical case of medical errors that are found across the [...]

Innovation key to boost availability of safe-drinking water for India

By |January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

For decades, people in India, are being deprived of clean and safe drinking water and this perennial problem has been increasing exponentially both in urban as well [...]

December 2017

Oxygen concentrators can help manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

By |December 20th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Prabhakaran is a 53 years old retired blue collar worker. He used to work in an electrical factory. During the course of his work, he developed a [...]

The challenge of Diabetes in India and how to manage the condition: A detailed analysis

By |December 18th, 2017|Categories: Medical Education, Public Health|Tags: , , |

India has been rightly called as the “Diabetes Capital of the World” in recent times. Truly, with more than 50-60 million people suffering from Type-2 diabetes, it [...]

The second annual India social media dental report coming soon

By |December 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Last year we had surveyed more than 100 dentists in India, mostly from the metros. Based on the responses we had released a report, that was published [...]

Healthcare industry in India may need an accessibility check

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , |

Disability activists urge the healthcare industry to take a note of the rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 before it is too late. The healthcare industry in [...]

November 2017

Philips Healthcare to launch DreamMapper solution to manage Sleep Apnea

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Sleep apnea is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders. It is most often caused by an obstruction in the respiratory tract, preventing air from entering the [...]

Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare in India

By |November 6th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Recently we came to know about an interesting incident at a corporate wellness camp. The health workers recording the vital statistics of the participants were making key [...]

October 2017

How to take charge of your health for increasing quality of life

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

We have made tremendous progress in our understanding of healthcare patterns in India. This understanding has been employed in improving certain key parameters. A good example is [...]

Search for the Indian Healthcare Unicorn

By |October 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Start ups, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

There are more than 20,000 registered startups in India. While Fintech and e-commerce dominate the space, there is an increasing number of startups emerging in the healthcare [...]

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre launches ‘Precision Diabetes’

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Diabetes is the clear and present danger for Indian patients. According to reports, almost 50 Million people in India have Diabetes today and the number is actually [...]

Philips Healthworks Breakthrough Day in Bangalore

By |October 10th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Healthcare startups continue to develop in the Indian ecosystem, looking to build solutions can would improve care outcomes in the country. Many of these startups are incubated [...]

September 2017

6 points to remember while buying a health insurance plan

By |September 26th, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , , |

Health Insurance is an emerging sector in India. Though the growth is encouraging but a study in 2014 found out that, more than 80% of Indians are not covered [...]

How you can save the life of a patient in cardiac arrest

By |September 26th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

By 2030 India alone will account for 60 percent of the world’s cardiac patients, nearly four times its share of the world’s population. The major reason for [...]

Clinical Trials and Blockchain

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology, Life Sciences|Tags: , , |

A properly designed clinical trial forms a necessary part of successful drug development. To design and execute an efficient trial necessitates understanding collaboration and esteem of a [...]

Healthcare data security in the new healthcare ecosystem in India

By |September 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

As Indian healthcare system embraces digital and other advanced technologies, there is increasing concern among security experts on the patient data privacy and data security. There are [...]

Artificial Intelligence and detection and management of Autism

By |September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has shown tremendous promise in healthcare. Already care providers are using AI to detect cancer and improve care outcomes. Now AI has another use [...]

August 2017

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Healthcare

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Digital is transforming healthcare. It is creating new channels for improving patient experience, creating better clinical processes and engaging doctors and other para-clinical staff like never before. [...]

Columbia Asia Hospital’s Dr Nanda Kumar Jairam awarded “Healthcare Personality of The Year” by FICCI

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , |

Indian healthcare is growing at a tremendous pace today, owing to its strengthening expansion and services by both public and private players in the sector. Several healthcare [...]

Columbia Clinic launched at Embassy TechVillage in Bangalore

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Over the last two decades there has been an alarming rise in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and respiratory diseases and cancers in India, especially among the [...]

Healthcare in India lags in Digital adoption in the front office

By |August 7th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

India has some amazing digital transformation stories. If we look at the leading banks in India, their adoption of digital is comparable to the best in the [...]

More than 50% Indians resort to self medication says study

By |August 4th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Public Health|Tags: , , , |

A few days ago I was speaking to a friend over phone. Her voice was quivering and I could make out that she was unwell. On further [...]

The budget on fuel subsidies can fund our public health budget says European study

By |August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

According to research from European non profit Health and Environment Alliance, if India removes its fuel subsidies it can fund almost 24 % of the healthcare needs [...]

Data driven approach at hospitals is changing patient engagement in India

By |August 1st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

I have always felt that we always had the data. Now what has changed is that there are tools that can use this data to develop insights. [...]

July 2017

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centres holds the fourth edition of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Update

By |July 31st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centres recently, inaugurated its fourth edition of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Update 2017 at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Guindy, Chennai.  This three day science [...]

Think win-win is the key to transformation of the healthcare industry

By |July 29th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I had a great time at the Philips Digital Health Conclave 2017. I have been associated with the event for the last 3 years. This year [...]

Thoughts to combat Hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Viral Hepatitis is a major public health problem in the South-East Asia Region. Each year viral hepatitis infects millions of people across the region, causing the death [...]

The nursing system is India is disintegrating and needs to revamped immediately

By |July 27th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , |

A few days ago we published an interview with Lt Col Binu Sharma, VP Nursing Services at Columbia Asia. As a doctor, this was the first time [...]

Telemedicine penetration in India is low but is growing very fast says Dr Harsha Rajaram, Columbia Asia Hospitals

By |July 26th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

  Healthcare ecosystem in India is still evolving. Considering the diverse landscape in India, various technologies have been considered for increasing access and improving the care outcomes. [...]

Why Connected health is the key to reducing waste and increasing efficiency

By |July 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

A connected health ecosystem is not only good for the patient but also good for the healthcare providers. In other industries there have been many attempts to [...]

Did you know more adolescents In India die of Non-Communicable Diseases, Injuries, and Self-Harm than Infections

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

A study has revealed that more adolescents in India are now dying of non-communicable diseases (NCD) than communicable diseases. The research has also shown that NCDs and [...]

Announcing the Philips Digital Health Conclave 2017

By |July 20th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

Philips Innovation Campus will be hosting its annual Digital health Conclave 2017 at the La Shangrila Hotel in Bangalore on 28th July. The theme of the conclave is [...]

Why Indian healthcare system needs to increase its efficiency

By |July 12th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

Recently I was greatly distressed to read the experiences of Dr Bhagwan D Aggarwal with the state of scientific research in the country. Dr Aggarwal is a [...]

Connected care set to improve mother and child health in India

By |July 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Mother and childcare is an area which is of key importance to measure the health parameters of a country. Lancet recently released a ranking of the healthcare [...]

Apollo Munich Health Insurance ranked as top ‘Great place to Work’ in Indian Insurance Sector

By |July 8th, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , |

Leading  health insurer, Apollo Munich Health Insurance has been ranked as ‘India’s Best Insurance Company to Work For’. Apollo Munich has also featured in the list of [...]

Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialty Center, a pioneer in technology led Diabetes research

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Diabetes is a major concern for India. Not only does it affect the individuals directly, but also accelerates the degeneration of nerves, blood vessels and tissues. Is [...]

Right nutrition is the key to the health of senior citizens in India

By |July 4th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , , , |

As the years roll by, life seems to go full circle, and we find ourselves taking care of and worrying about those parents and elderly relatives who [...]

June 2017

Why levying GST on products for assisting persons with disabilities is a step in the wrong direction

By |June 29th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

“People with physical or mental disability are not only among the most deprived human beings in the world, they are also, frequently enough, the most neglected” Prof [...]

Why Hypertension the silent killer and how you can manage your blood pressure

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Prakash (Name Changed) was driving to work on a Wednesday morning. A senior executive in an Ad agency Prakash was not new to stress and deadlines.  He [...]

Health benefits of Yoga, thoughts on International Day for Yoga

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , |

On the international day for Yoga, we want to take the opportunity to reiterate the benefits of the practice of Yoga. Our ancestors have been practicing Yoga [...]

Dengue, a disease of modern times, treatment and management in India

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , , |

Five decades ago, the dengue fever was known to just about a handful of nations. Today it is a deadly endemic that has enveloped more than 120 [...]

Blood donation in India, challenges and way ahead

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

Almost everyone working in corporate India would have seen at least once in their tenure. Most CSR activities or corporate wellness activities, seem to incorporate at least [...]

Is Indian Healthcare heading in the right direction?

By |June 13th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , , |

A few days ago I met a consultant who also happened to be my neighbor. After exchanging a few pleasantries he surprised me by asking me a [...]

Coming soon the Philips Digital Health Conclave 2017

By |June 9th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , |

Philips Healthcare has been on the forefront of innovation in the healthcare space in India. The Philips Innovation Campus in Bangalore has been hosting healthcare conclaves with [...]

Healthcare in Rural India – Opportunities & Challenges

By |June 6th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , |

As we all know, India is always in limelight for various discussions around healthcare. Most common topics are related to the skewed doctor-patient ratio, less than optimal [...]

Caution: Zika virus is in India, take these steps to prevent infection

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus to be a Public Health Emergency of International concern, last year. Sometime ago we had covered how the US [...]

May 2017

Nursing services in India are at the cusp of change

By |May 29th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , , |

Florence Nightingale was a key figure in the transformation of the Nursing profession. Before her hospitals were essentially run by religious institutions where people were cared for [...]

India ranks 154th on health index published by Lancet

By |May 25th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

India continues to fare poorly on most health parameters. Not surprisingly it was ranked 154th among 195 countries by medical publication Lancet. No surprises that high growth and [...]

3 points to consider while buying Nebulizers for Asthma and other breathing conditions

By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

If do you suffer from asthma, bronchitis or other problems related to difficulty in breathing? In that case, your doctor will first analyse your medical condition and [...]

The growing cases of sleep disorders in India

By |May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake” Rabindranath Tagore  When Nobel winner [...]

Is there a solution to India’s traffic noise pollution problem

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , |

The number of vehicles that ply on the roads of Bangalore are increasing by the day, and so is the vehicular noise pollution. 26th April is celebrated as [...]

April 2017

Philips Healthcare adds new features to Ultasound machines

By |April 24th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

The use of ultrasound systems for medical imaging is widespread since decades for a variety of medical applications. These imaging solutions are of perennial importance for achieving [...]

5 steps to take care of your Liver on World Liver Day

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

According to a report released by World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2014, deaths due to liver diseases in India has reached 2.44% of total deaths. NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steato-Hepatitis) [...]

Read Dr Vikram’s perspective on #IoT in #Healthcare on the #PhilipsChat

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

During the #PhilipsChat, on the 10th April 2017, experts were asked about what they thought about the current trends and focus areas that the IT Industry, Medical Device [...]

Join the #Philipschat on Twitter #IoT in #Healthcare on Monday 10th April 2017, 3 PM

By |April 9th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , |

IoT or the Internet of Things continues to drive transformation in the healthcare industry. Some might argue that IoT is not new, maybe the patenting of the passive [...]

Indian govt passes the Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, but a lot more needs to be done

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

According to a study conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) over five crore Indians suffered from depression and over three crore others suffered from anxiety disorders in [...]

Rural health key to success of National Health Policy 2017

By |April 5th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

Now, the corner stone of the new National Healthcare Policy is the role being played by rural primary healthcare centers and district hospitals. Most programs under the [...]

March 2017

Health Information System (HIS) implementations in India and its challenges

By |March 28th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Hospital Information System (HIS) is a comprehensive, integrated information system designed to manage all the aspects of a hospital’s operation, such as medical, administrative, financial and legal [...]

Clinical trials demonstrate benefits of instant wave-free ratio (iFR) from Philips as compared to fractional flow reserve (FFR) for the assessment of coronary artery disease

By |March 24th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|

Philips Healthcare recently announced that the results from two large clinical trials comparing patient outcomes using instant wave-free ratio (iFR) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) in the [...]

Landmark Group Organises a State Level Workshop on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

By |March 21st, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , |

The pendulum has swung in the country with respect to tackling non communicable diseases. This is evident from the key initiatives under the new National Health Policy [...]

India releases National Health Policy, focus on primary care, district hospitals and non communicable diseases

By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , |

The Indian government today released the national health policy with focus on primary care and wellness. The last healthcare policy came out in 2002 and one can [...]

Understanding basics and challenges of U.S. Health Insurance and lessons India can learn from them

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , , |

United States has predominantly two types of insurance – Private and Public.  Private health insurance is often offered through employers or other organizations. Public insurance is funded [...]

India has lower bad health years since year 2000: an infographic

By |March 14th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

Life expectancy has gone up in India. But are people able to live fully functional lives ? Is the quality of life improving as medical technology keeps [...]

Is Health Insurance the answer to India’s healthcare woes ?

By |March 12th, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , , , |

Well thats the question I have been asking myself all these years. Now seriously, the only country that spends 17 % of its GDP on healthcare and [...]

Columbia Pacific acquires Serene Senior Care

By |March 10th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Serene Senior Care, a leading senior housing operator in India, is being purchased by Seattle-based Columbia Pacific, owner of Columbia Asia Hospital Group, one of the largest [...]

Trysts with Professionalism and Ethics in the journey of ICHA

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Last week I wrote about the importance of co-existence of regulations and accreditation in the healthcare system. This week I want to talk a little bit about [...]

Women in India continue to ignore their health says new study

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , |

Women are the backbone of the family as homemakers, as well as, employees in the workforce. Since they are often engaged in taking care of home and [...]

How Basic Life Support Training can help you save lives

By |March 6th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

You too can save a life. And for this you don’t need a medical degree. Simple knowledge about ‘Basic Life Support’ (BLS) techniques can go a long [...]

Patient safety awareness in Infusion Therapy can reduce the rate of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI)

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

Hyderabad City is among the first cities to have adopted a safer infusion therapy system for patients to avoid any infections acquired in hospitals, especially in ICUs. This [...]

Introducing Azurion: The new-generation image guided therapy platform by Philips Healthcare

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Technology has been impacting medical diagnosis over the last few decades. The medical devices industry has been developing computer-assisted interventions and robotic systems which are aimed to [...]

Co-existence of regulation and accreditation key for excellent in healthcare delivery

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , |

Unprecedented levels of discontent among all stakeholders in healthcare have overshadowed the achievements and leapfrogging technological progress in this arena. The crying need for succor is a [...]

February 2017

Philips Healthcare India launches to increase access to medical information

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

There is tons of information that is available on the internet. Digital transformation has ensured that now it is available anywhere, anytime leveraging channels like mobile and [...]

Apollo Munich Health Insurance wins Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management 2017

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , , |

Leading standalone health insurer, Apollo Munich Health Insurance has been awarded the Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (GPARM), instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD) and [...]

Why is there imbalance in the Indian healthcare system ?

By |February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

India has the most inequitable health care scenario possible. Most the services provided thereon were preventive and very few curative health care services were supplied. The real [...]

What does the Union budget for FY 17-18 holds for the healthcare sector in India

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

In India, the average growth in expenditure on total healthcare is lower than the average GDP growth rate. The GDP spend percentage is lower than most low [...]

India launches Measles- Rubella eradication campaign

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

After success with Polio, the government has renewed its efforts on eradicating Measles. Though program was announced some time ago, for details please read this piece we [...]

Lack of collaboration and communication, reason for the mess in the healthcare system in India

By |February 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , |

It was revealed that India has only 938,861 registered allopathy doctors or just seven doctors per 1,000 people, per a report released by health minister J.P. Nadda. So not surprisingly most [...]

Digital India is helping improve standards of care in India

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Last year I had the opportunity to lead a panel at the Philips Digital Health Conclave in Bangalore. We discussed in depth all things Digital health and [...]

January 2017

PDMD ties-up with Columbia Asia Hospitals for Telemedicine services in Cameroon

By |January 30th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Digital has transformed health care and made geographic boundaries hazy. As part of the E-health initiative, the Telemedicine program at Columbia Asia Hospitals, extends expertise of its renowned [...]

Study in Delhi shows most women unaware of methods of contraception

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.21 billion people, sustaining 16.9 percent of the world population. India was the first country in [...]

Healthcare India recognized as one of the top 100 global healthcare blogs in the world

By |January 14th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

In the evening of 14th March 2000,I was doing some research on the impact of weather on health outcomes. I did find some credible information from sites [...]

Genetic profiling tests may hold the key for beating Cancer

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Life Sciences|Tags: , , , , |

It is vital for oncologists to get clinically actionable and timely results to decide on treatment options for patients. Keeping this in mind, StrandAdvantage, a tumor genomic profiling [...]

Open Heart Surgery Types and Techniques

By |January 6th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

The surgical approach to heart surgery depends on the heart problem and requirements of the patient, their general health, their medical history and other factors. This article [...]

Liver transplants key to improving quality of life for patients with Liver diseases

By |January 1st, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , |

In India we see a rise in the cases of liver diseases over the last 20 years. In 2011, WHO placed it as one of the top [...]

December 2016

Senior citizens need empowerment to manage their health

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  India's success in increasing life expectancy has led to a larger number of the elderly in the country. The Registrar General of India forecasts the share [...]

Home Healthcare Services: The next big thing in Indian healthcare industry

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

A resident of Bengaluru, India who has spent all her lifetime building the future of her kids is suffering from extreme pain in her knees joints for [...]

Playing tennis can help you live longer

By |December 13th, 2016|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , , |

Finally some validation for us Tennis players. Playing tennis can help you live longer according to a study by Oxford and some researchers in Finland and Australia. [...]

Tele-ICU key to providing critical care to millions in India

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

Healthcare in India is at an exciting phase in its evolution. On one side we have government policy that has ensured that standards have been set for [...]

Role of Tele-medicine in home care in India

By |December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Healthcare  has evolved from a simple physician-patient equation to a highly complex process wherein the entire setup is managed by a team. This becomes all the more [...]

November 2016

Things You Need to Know Before and After Getting a Hip Replacement

By |November 30th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Many people today suffer back pain problems. Thanks to our desk jobs that keeps us glued to our desks for good numbers of hours, making the back [...]

Disease surveillance system in India and how it can help combat diseases

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology, Public Health|Tags: , , , |

  Disease Surveillance is an important tool today with the advent of new and fast spreading diseases. In some healthcare systems, it is used not only to [...]

Digital Health is more than old wine in a new bottle says Rajesh Batra, CIO and VP Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital

By |November 24th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Last year I had the opportunity of listening to a senior Healthcare technology executive on his vision for the growth of digital health in India. Since then [...]

Cancer and types of treatment available

By |November 20th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cancer is no longer just a zodiac sign! It has become the name of a dangerous and life threatening disease which could happen to anyone. It is [...]

Announcing the Philips Digital Health Conclave 2016

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Philips Healthcare has been on the forefront of healthcare in India. They have been thought leaders in this space, bringing together solutions like the remote ICU, Artificial Defibrillator [...]

Digital can enable Smart Healthcare

By |November 16th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

The healthcare thought leaders in India would converge at the Smart Tech Health Conference in Bangalore on the 24th and 25th of November. In the run up [...]

Digital enables increase access to Healthcare

By |November 14th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Start ups|Tags: , , , , |

Healthcare in India today is a great opportunity for both policy makers and healthcare leaders to create a new care model, and to increase access to care [...]

The new age hospitals key to improved healthcare in India says Dr Harish Pillai, CEO Aster Medcity

By |November 11th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

The healthcare thought leaders in India would converge at the Smart Tech Health Conference in Bangalore on the 24th and 25th of November. In the run up [...]

Machine Learning and Big Data for improved Healthcare in India

By |November 6th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|

Machine Learning and Big Data are certainly the two pivots around which Healthcare would be delivered in the future, Things are going to be no different in India. [...]

HER2 Breast Cancer and how to handle the diagnosis and treatment

By |November 4th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women, but did you know that there are various types of breast cancers. One such type is [...]

October 2016

Aerial spraying to curb Zika and why we should consider it to combat Chikungunya and Dengue

By |October 31st, 2016|Categories: Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US finally resorted to what it knows best, control an epidemic. This time they used a bazooka to hunt [...]

Smart connected devices to monitor and improve health: Smart Lenses, Smart Water Bottles and more

By |October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Wearable and smart devices continue to enter into mainstream healthcare and are moving beyond just fancy gadgets to devices that will really help us improve health parameters. [...]

Smart tech Healthcare Summit 2016 : Insights

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a tremendous pace with a statistical report projecting a growth of US$ 160 billion by 2017 and US$ 280 billion [...]

Portronics Yogg fitness band – An entry level no-frills healthcare fitness tracker that is best suited for beginners

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |

About 10 days ago I was given a sleek case (resembling the iPod packaging in white and transparent plastic). Intrigued, I opened it to discover a very [...]

September 2016

How digital disease surveillance systems could have prevented the Delhi dengue outbreak

By |September 28th, 2016|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

India is perhaps the only country in the world (of its size) where addressing preventable diseases continues to drain public resources. The Delhi dengue outbreak is a [...]

Genomic Risk Score to provide early detection of Heart Disease

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Coronary Heart Disease is a lethal condition which affects 30 million people in India. Last year there were almost 2,00,000 heart surgeries performed in the country. Traditionally [...]

GE Healthcare launches five.eight accelerator for Healthcare startups

By |September 24th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Start ups, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |

GE Healthcare continues to build on the work that it has done in India. If you would recall, we had covered the launch of the portable CT [...]

GE Predix could transform the future of healthcare with Healthcare Cloud

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

I had the opportunity to witness the first ever GE Predix conference in India, Predix the Future, at the Jack Welch Technology Center in Bengaluru today. GE [...]

Digital Health at GE’s Predix the Future

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

This Thursday, 22nd September would see GE South Asia’s  first ever Predix meet called “Predix the Future”. Predix is GE's platform for the Industrial Internet. It is purpose-built platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for [...]

Coming soon The Smart Tech Healthcare Conference in Bengaluru

By |September 18th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

Digital is a key driver of transformation in Healthcare. We have been closely watching the space, and Digital would be the key for increasing the access to [...]

Healthcare analytics driving the next level of transformation for healthcare in India

By |September 13th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

Analytics is driving the next level of transformation for healthcare in India. With increase in digital adoption, organizations now have the option of using the data to [...]

Cognitive Computing: Cancer Cure for India?

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

A utopia, in which all the published data (new and existing) related to medical field is assimilated, understood and provides insights, could be a reality very soon. [...]

New study shows that your weight could determine your job

By |September 10th, 2016|Categories: Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If you feel you are stuck in the wrong job then you can blame you weight. A report titled "Subtle Increases in BMI within a Healthy Weight [...]

Indian healthcare wearable fitness tracker market set to explode

By |September 9th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Wearable fitness device adoption in India is on the rise. I have used some of them in the past including the Jawbone Up 24 and the Get [...]

Sri Lanka eliminates Malaria, so what lessons for India ?

By |September 6th, 2016|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday, Sri Lanka was officially declared Malaria free by WHO. It is a great achievement for our Island neighbor, being only the second country in the tropics [...]

Digital health may reduce cost in the west but in India its the only way

By |September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Start ups, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , |

I was reading an article from McKinsey where the authors, Thomas London and Penelope Dash, emphasize on the need for developed economies to adopt digital to reduce [...]

Making not so ‘Shy’ health decisions

By |September 1st, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Start ups, Public Health, Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , |

About 18 years ago when P&G launched Whisper with Wings through a TV Ad, there was an awkward moment in our house. My mother was angry, I [...]

August 2016

India’s spend on preventive health is 9% of healthcare expenditure

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Public Health|Tags: , , , |

India needs a new healthcare model. Now this model has to be based on preventive care and on detecting and treating conditions way before they occur. The [...]

Why using Alum after a shave is good for your skin

By |August 28th, 2016|Categories: Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

Most people use after shave lotions after shaving. But those in earlier generation did not have aftershave. I remember my grand father applying a translucent block to his [...]

India needs a new hyperlocal healthcare model

By |August 27th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , |

Recently my views on a new healthcare model for India were published in the consultant review magazine’s July 2016 edition which has a focus in the state [...]

3 technology hacks that can help you at work and go easy on your eyes

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology, Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

Some days ago Dr Vikram Venkateswaran, the founder of healthcare in India, had developed an allergy in his eyes, which made him extremely sensitive to bright light. [...]

Can India’s new Maternity Benefit Bill get more women to return to work? I am not sure

By |August 25th, 2016|Categories: Public Health, Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

Before you call me a pessimist and an ungrateful woman, let me state that I am proud India has passed this Bill. It is a positive move [...]

Do we have the awareness and access to adequate health insurance in India

By |August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health Insurance|Tags: , , , |

India does not have adequate health insurance cover. Today around 20 % of the population is covered by some kind of health insurance. This includes the insurance [...]

July 2016

Alert your Doctor might not have a degree!

By |July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Public Health, Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |

While watching the Jurassic Park in 1993, the message I left the theater with was that no matter how scientific we get about controlling nature, it will find a way. In the case of the movie, the dinosaurs found a way to reproduce and proliferate. We are no different.

5 common dental treatments in India

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , |

Smile, as the world has plenty of reasons for it. However, a poor dental condition can stop you from sharing bright lovely smiles.Exchanging short smiles to hide [...]

Introducing Dental Photography by Dr Mayur Davda

By |July 17th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , |

Dental Photography is an emerging area of art and science. As of today Dental Photography has more than 50 different applications. Some of them include documentation, marketing, shade selection, scientific presentations, sharing cases with your peers, medico legal, forensics etc. just to name a few. This is the exact reason why every dentist MUST embrace dental photography into the daily practice.

Why sensitivity to light could mean trouble for your eyes

By |July 15th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , |

A few days ago a very peculiar problem started troubling me. My eyes turned very sensitive to bright light. It started all of a sudden when my [...]

How herbal products are shaping a new consumer demographic in India

By |July 8th, 2016|Categories: Public Health, Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

In my previous post I had written about the need to look at natural/herbal cosmetics. I feel the younger generation is going to insist on cosmetics and [...]

Seeking herbal alternatives for better health in India

By |July 5th, 2016|Categories: Public Health, Wellness|Tags: , , , |

It is no surprise that herbal products are safer for human consumption. But, it is a wonder how little of herbal items occupy our cupboards, bathrooms and [...]

Why it is important for children in India to catch up on lost growth ?

By |July 4th, 2016|Categories: Wellness|Tags: , , , |

India continues to grapple with the problem of inadequate nutrition. The problem is more acute with children across stratum of society in this nation. On one hand [...]

June 2016

Why there is opportunity for creating a new healthcare model in India?

By |June 28th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , |

Healthcare continues to see great opportunities  for new ventures in India. It is once in a lifetime opportunity to create new care model that would cover almost [...]

3 steps for an effective patient education program

By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Public Health|Tags: , , , |

Recently, my mother-in-law underwent bypass surgery. While the doctor treating her told her about how her diet should limit fried foods and spicy items for at least [...]

Infant Mortality Rate in India- Falling but not fast enough

By |June 26th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Public Health|Tags: , , |

As India continues to grapple with the challenge of providing healthcare to a Bullion plus people, it continues to struggle with some basic indicators of good health. [...]

Does India need better patient education ?

By |June 24th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Motherhood is perhaps the most challenging phase in a woman’s life – not just because of the of physical changes she experiences, but also due to the [...]

The Digital opportunity for healthcare in India

By |June 18th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Start ups, Healthcare Technology, Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

India has a unique opportunity to create a healthcare model that serves the 1.3 citizens. This has to be an integration of primary, secondary, tertiary care with [...]

5 tips to manage constipation due to breast cancer chemotherapy

By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Public Health|Tags: , , , , |

Chemotherapy is one of the treatment options that offer hope to many women with breast cancer. But it can also cause some unwanted side effects ranging from [...]

Health benefits of infrared saunas

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Public Health, Wellness|Tags: , , , , |

Infrared saunas are all the rage right now. This growing health craze has many proven health benefits, including detoxification, pain relief, lowered blood pressure, and improved blood [...]

Why Internet of Things (IoT) makes sense for Healthcare

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Technology, Public Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Internet of things dominated my world this week as I participated in Liveworx16. Liveworx is the signature event of Thingworx a PTC company. PTC Chairman and CEO [...]

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Decentralizing Healthcare in Digital India

By |October 9th, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Delivery|Tags: , , , |

Confronted with a population that’s overwhelming and highly diverse (1.2 billion), India is faced with a constant need to find enterprising and innovative ways to leverage its [...]

September 2015

How Digital is reshaping healthcare in India

By |September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Start ups, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , , |

I’ve always been enthusiastic about the healthcare sector in India. I think we have come a long way and with digital adoption increasing,   I think is beneficial [...]

August 2015

Philips Innovation center launches Healthsuite Digital Platform

By |August 6th, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Technology|Tags: , , , |

It’s interesting to see the constant innovation in the field of healthcare. From apps for sorting out your health records to platforms for finding the right doctor, [...]

July 2015