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 the year 2015. India accounted for the highest number of suicides in the world in 2012, as per a report published by WHO in 2014. The report said […]


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 issues and the corresponding processing of services. With the advent of Digital India and the push by the government to move most healthcare systems to digital records, many […]


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 understand why health is often ignored in the national agenda of the country, with so many other issues taking precedence. One of the key features of the national […]


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 by government broadly through two categories – Medicare and Medicaid.  Medicare is funded through federal government for aged population who are age 65 or older. Medicaid is state-run government […]


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 more Indians alive year after year ? To answer some of these questions the WHO has started calculating Health Adjusted Life Expectancy (HALE), or healthy life expectancy,  to […]


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 ICHA and its mission. I have had the opportunity to work in and witness first hand, at close quarters, nearly all the systems and stakeholders in healthcare both […]


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 their work places, most of them ignore their routine health check-up, unless a situation warrants it. As a country we continue to turn to males in the family […]


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 clarion call for a total overhaul and paradigm shift. The chasm, between what exists and what is desired is too vast for piecemeal solutions to suffice. A critique […]


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 cloud. Healthcare and medical information is no exception. Today many scientific papers including medical reports are published daily. According to data from PubMed and Stanford, there are more […]


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 carried in 2011 but we see a renewed focus on the effort currently. Many schools in Bangalore are running a school inoculation program against Measles. Recently my daughter […]