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 […]


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 […]


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 India is to be found not in its several towns, however in its seven hundred thousand villages. The pediatric healthcare situation is equally bad.   While some diseases […]


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 […]


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 one of the key discussion points was how Digital India was helping healthcare. Most of the discussion at the panel was around three parameters, cost , accessibility and […]


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 20 ailments in India. To understand more Liver diseases and how is the current stage of Liver transplants Healthcare India spoke to  Dr Sumana Kolar Ramachandra, CHIEF OF LIVER […]


  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 of senior citizens (age 60 years and above) in the total population to rise from 6.9% in 2001 to 12.4% in 2026. With the golden years, comes the risk […]


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 true as one moves across the spectrum of primary to tertiary care with the latter being provided in large hospital facilities. A single patient in the being prepared […]


  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 check the spread of the infectious diseases but also to monitor communicable diseases. India has had a disease surveillance system in place since 2004 and systematically the disease […]


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 slowly but steadily also becoming the cause of death among many Indians each passing year. With 1300 people dying of cancer each day it is leading cause of […]