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 connect the ecosystem by sharing information. A good example is how banks shared information with each other to ensure that willful repeat defaulters were given low scores and […]


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 was embarrassed and my younger brother (around 11 years old) was supremely alert and curious. Now with two daughters of my own and a doctor husband, we don’t […]


  In the ancient times India had family healers that were called upon to combat disease and improve the standards of care. These medicine men of the old not only had knowledge of fields like Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani but also had knowledge of family history that used to help in their diagnosis. After the […]


How often do you check the cover of packaged food items for their nutritional value? Most people usually toss it in the shopping cart without thinking twice about what they are about to consume. Given that Indian food is generally high on carbs and there is increasing preference for fatty junk foods, the nutritional value […]


  The internet has revolutionized consumer choices like never before. Traditional retail stores have discovered the potential of online shopping. Taxis are booked through apps and food is ordered over a click of a button. One can compare products, prices and the best stores in a blink. And in Bengaluru, services such as Medyog are […]


Happy New Year   It is a matter of intense pride that this blog has turned 5 this January. I started this blog with the intention of covering the healthcare sector in India with an emphasis on public health. Those who have been with us from the beginning would recall that the earlier name of […]


(Source : You Tube) I call it the “Gangnam Style” of healthcare. Whether on Facebook or on You Tube the one phenomenon you cant get away from is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also referred to as motor neurone disease (MND), Charcot disease, and, in the United States, Lou Gehrig‘s disease—is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes. It […]


Patient engagement and experience in India continues to be a back burner despite our progress in healthcare and medical facilities. If one looks at the US, Canada , Europe or Japan there are many patient engagement portals that provide information, build communities and enhance the experience of patients suffering from a certain disease as well […]


Did you know that almost 26 million babies are born in India every year. That’s like adding a new Venezuela to our population every year. As most of the population is based in the rural areas, almost 60-70 % of these babies and their mothers would not have access to proper care before birth. This […]