Quality Wave in Healthcare – is it real or is it a mirage

July 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Healthcare, Healthcare Quality, Hospital, NABH 

IS THERE REALLY A QUALITY WAVE IN THE COUNTRY IN THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR?

Author: D.Satishkumar, Principal Consultant Value Added Corporate Services P Ltd

The healthcare sector in the country has witnessed a lot of changes over the past few years. One of the changes to have happened is in the area of quality of healthcare delivery and the necessity to introduce accreditation / certification systems to evaluate and monitor the same.

NABH Accreditation assumes larger significance in this context. Accreditation relies in establishing the technical competence of an organisation to deliver services adhering to specific standards.

The hospital accreditation program (NABH) was launched in the year 2006 in the country. Initially NABH came up with 2 set of standards, one for hospitals with more than 50 beds which was called as NABH Accreditation and another standard for hospitals between 20 & 50 beds called NABH SHCO (Small Healthcare Organistions)

Initially there were a very few takers as Quality and Accreditation were something which were alien to the healthcare sector. The first wave to go for accreditation started gaining momentum when in the year 2008 / 2009 CGHS made accreditation standards mandatory for hospitals which needed empanelment with them. Hospitals which had empanelment with CGHS and which wanted to empanel with CGHS went for accreditation but after that there was a downtrend and the numbers started stagnating. Most of the smaller facilities faced difficulties in complying to the requirements laid down by the accreditation body. NABH felt that a smaller version needs to be introduced with reduced requirements so that the small and mid-sized facilities would also start going for accreditation, there by ensure atleast some basic quality of care to patients.

This article discusses whether introduction of Entry Level Accreditation has really increased the number of organisations seeking quality.    Read More

CII Health, TN & Star Health Initiative on Health Insurance Awareness Campaign at Chennai on Feb 24th 2017

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Announcements, Health Insurance, Healthcare, Hospital 

CII, Tamil Nadu has formed a Tamil Nadu Healthcare Panel under the convenorship of Dr. S. Prakash, Senior Executive Director, Star Health along with Dr Rohini Sridhar, COO, Apollo Hospitals Limited as co-convener.

Panel has decided to organise forum meetings across Tamil Nadu. The forum shall address issues with the major players in the Healthcare Industry, namely, Hospitals, Customers, TPAs, Pharmaceutical companies and Insurers.

We have used this panel as a platform to address the growing trust deficit in the healthcare system and have successfully conducted 3 programs so far.

The 4th forum meeting is scheduled to happen on the 24th February 2017 on promoting Best Practices in Health Insurance to Hospital front desk personnel.

This session is part of Health Insurance Education Series to Hospital Front Office Desks, Insurance Desk Teams.

Interested Teams from Hospitals can send formal confirmation mail to the contact person’s details mentioned in the poster….There is no participation fee.

CII Star Health Insurance Mailer

Medical Electronics Manufacturing in India – Seminar/Roadshow by #AMTZ – Andhra MedTech Zone @Chennai on January 6,2017- Hotel GRT Grand Days, T Nagar

According to an industry report, in India, the medical devices industry is small, with a disproportionate reliance on imports and a complex regulatory environment. The global medical devices and technology market is expected to grow to USD 520 billion by 2020 from an estimated USD 3.7 billion in 2014. The Indian market is among the top 20 in the world by market size, and fourth in Asia after Japan, China and South Korea. It is significantly behind developed economies like the United States (US) (USD 340). This current under penetration of Medical devices in India represents the sizeable growth opportunity.

Medical devices play a role not only in screening, diagnosing and treating patients, but also in restoring patients to normal lives and in regularly monitoring health indicators to prevent diseases.

The inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in medical devices was USD 90 million between December 2014 and August 2015; post the government permitting 100 per cent FDI under the automatic route. Several MNCs have been increasing their manufacturing footprint and locating research centres in India to serve both the Indian and global markets. Increased funding and investments have also reflected in other supply-side changes in healthcare delivery in India.

AMTZ (Andhra MedTech Zone) aims to make India a self-sufficient and in fact an exporter of good quality and cost-effective medical technology. The AMTZ would include the following facilities:

  • Plug-n- Play Infrastructure
  • Regulators’ office
  • Component testing centre
  • Electromagnetic interference laboratory
  • Medical-grade low vacuum molding, cabinet molding and injection molding centres
  • 3D designing and printing for medical grade products
  • Sterilisation & toxicity testing centre
  • Radiation testing centre
  • Warehousing
  • Other facilities commonly required in the manufacturing of medical devices

Against this backdrop PHD Chamber in association with AMTZ (Andhra MedTech Zone) is organizing the above captioned Seminar on ‘Medical Electronics International collaborations & Financing for Manufacturing’ in India on Friday, 6th January 2017, 10:0 am at Chennai.

Venue – Hotel GRT Grand Days, T Nagar – Marigold Hall in the convention center – Annex Building

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Registration form – 6th Jan 2017

The objective of the Seminar would be to familiarize the Industry on this opportunity which exists in fulfilling this gap which is likely to only widen as the healthcare services reach out to semi-urban and rural areas.

The seminar will also throw up opportunities for foreign collaborations for technology transfers and financing for setting up units.

We believe that for medical electronics to create a meaningful impact on the healthcare system, collaboration between key stakeholders including government, industry, healthcare providers, and health insurance companies will be important in order to come up with the right success strategy and improve overall health care access and delivery in the country.

This will also create an outlook towards the future and shaping the interventions required for a self-reliant and efficient healthcare system for India through technology solutions for the larger good.

We look forward to having you with us for the discussion on this important aspect of Medical Electronics.

Please note that there is no delegate registration fee. Since event participation is limited to few members, prior registration is a must.

Regards,

 

Vivek Seigell

Director

PHD House, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area

August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110016, India

Tel: +91.11.26863801-04

+91.11.49545451 Ext: 275

Fax:+91.11.26855450

+91.11.49545451

Value Added Training Program on Method Validation on 18th June @ Chennai

 

Team Value Added is conducting a Training program on ”Method Validation” at Chennai on 18th   June 2016 Saturday between 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

 

Program Details are given below

 

Topic Method Validation
Trainer Dr.V.K.Ramadesikan, M.B.B.S, M.D ( Biochemistry)
Date & Time 18th June 2016  Saturday,  9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Location Chennai
Venue Will be informed Later
Course Fee Rs.2875 (inclusive of all taxes)
Contact Ms. Sivasankari / Ms.Padma / Mr.Satishkumar
Email training@valueadded.in  / padma@valueadded.in / satish@valueadded.in
Contact Phone 9952075280 / +914424462337/38  / 9840842530

 

 

Click here for the Brochure.  Kindly ensure early registration.

Click here for the Registration form

Training Program on Method Validation on 17th July 2015 at Bangalore

 

Team Value Added is conducting a program on “Practical Approach to Method Validation” (MV) at Bangalore on 17th July 2015 Friday between 10am to 4pm.

Program Details are given below

Topic                          A Practical Approach to Method Validation ( MV)
Trainer                       Dr.V.K.Ramadesikan, M.B.B.S, M.D ( Biochemistry)
Date & Time              17th July 2015  Friday,  10.00 am to 4 pm
Location                    Bengaluru
Venue                         Hotel Bangalore International, Crescent Road, Near Race Course , Bengaluru – 560001
Course Fee                Rs.3000
Contact                       Mr.Chithambaranathan / Ms.Padma / Mr.Satishkumar
Email                           nathan@valueadded.in  / padma@valueadded.in
satish@valueadded.in
Contact Phone         9994646978 / +914424462337/38  / 9840842530

Click here for the Brochure.  Kindly ensure early registration.
Click here for the Registration form

National Conference on “Occupational Health & Safety for Nurses @Chennai on March 14th & 15th 2015

Vijaya Group of Hospitals, Chennai invites you for the National Conference on “Occupational Health & Safety for Nurses at Shri. B. Nagi Reddi Hall, Vadapalani, Chennai on 14th & 15th March, 2015.

Hospital has applied to The Tamilnadu Nurses & Midwives Council, Chennai for CNE credit hours for this session.

You can also visit  Vijaya Hospital website for more information -  www.vijayahospital.org

Please click here for Brochure - Vijaya Hospital – National Conference – Brochure

Workshop on Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP)

YRG Care is organising a Workshop on Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) at Chennai on 12 – 14th March 2015.

GCLP out line the principles and procedures to be followed by medical laboratories involved in Patient care and/ or clinical research so as to provide consistent, reproducible, auditable, and reliable laboratory results; which contribute to good patient care and promote a positive attitude toward testing from a patient’s perspective. This workshop is designed to offer comprehensive guidance for those who are implementing GCLP in their laboratories.
The faculties are from National and International Institutions / Universities. For more details about GCLP workshop, log on to www.yrgcare.org/GCLP

Program details are given below

Date 12 – 14 the March 2015
Venue TICEL Bio Park Ltd
CSIR Road, Taramani
Chennai – 600 113
Registration Rs.3500 ( Indian participants)
in the form of DD /Cheque drawn in favor of “YRG CARE” payable at Chennai.
( In case of outstation cheques, please include Rs.100 extra towards clearing charges)
Registration fee includes Registration, Workshop materials, refreshments, breakfast and lunch provided during the workshop
No. of seats Restricted to 60 and participants will be registered on “first come- first served basis”.
Registration form along with payment to be sent to GCLP Work shop Coordinator
YRG CARE, Voluntary Health Services ( VHS)
Taramani , Chennai – 600113
Cancellation Policy No refund will be given, but the registration can be transferred to substitute participants without penalty

Click here for the GCLP workshop brochure Kindly ensure early registration.

Acute shortage of healthcare professionals in hospitals: Study

November 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Healthcare, Hospital 

Source: www.business-standard.com

Ninety nine percent of Indian hospitals are dealing with acute shortage of healthcare professionals and severe challenges in acquiring the right talent, a study revealed here Saturday.

The study, Healthcare Talent Issues, conducted to map the talent crunch in the healthcare delivery industry, stated that in 70 percent of the hospitals surveyed the positions of doctors have remained vacant for at least 2-6 months.

Over 88 percent of the hospitals in India take 2-8 months to fill senior positions and at least 15 days to 3 months to fill junior level positions.

“Hospitals have a tough time when it comes to recruiting topline experts. It’s not just talent crunch which is the major problem but reaching out to the right talent. I believe the insights from the study will help in streamlining efforts stakeholders are putting in to meet the challenge of talent crunch in the healthcare sector,” said M.C. Misra, director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, who released the report here.

According to the report, apart from the lack of doctors in the country, the medical practitioners are interested in running their own clinics. Migration to foreign countries is another reason for the dearth of talent in the medical arena.

As per WHO 2013 statistics, there are less than 6 doctors per ten thousand people in India which is a far more disproportionate ratio when compared to the global average of 15 doctors per 10,000 people.

Arvind Pandit, co-founder and CEO of VIA Health Resources, said: “This is not a problem we can solve overnight, however, we could try and attack this issue at multiple levels. We could take some steps towards a creation of a central database which allows for speedy identification of relevant talent.”

“The process followed could possibly move from being ad-hoc, as it is currently, to a more rigorous and efficient process. Finally developing a sound yet flexible compensation system that balances the financial impact of delayed recruitment with business results could go a long way towards addressing the problem,” he said.

 

PF Authorities targeting Healthcare Establishments

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has recently in a cirucular dated 1st August 2014 has proposed to increasea the limit of Coverage for PF from the existing Rs.6500/- Limit to Rs.15000/-. The circular has notified the area enforcement officers to list out visible establishments like Hospitals, Diagnostic Centres, Maternity Centres, Hotels, Restaurants, Schools, Workshops, Showrooms of Branded Companies etc., and submit a report to the Regional Provident Fund Commissioners.

In view of the notification, Companies operating in these domains have to be ready and carry out preparatory activities to bring employees under above mentioned ceiling to be covered under Provident Fund.

For More Details download the Notification Here - PF Notification

Accreditation must for hospitals in State Insurance Scheme

Source: The Hindu

In an attempt to establish standards of care for patients and safety in healthcare institutions in Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) is contemplating making accreditation mandatory for hospitals seeking empanelment as part of the scheme.

A couple of protocols, pre-accreditation entry-level standards for hospitals and the other for smaller healthcare organisations have already been readied and issued as a circular, besides being hosted on the CMCHIS website.

“The idea is that even if the patients are not paying for the treatment, the government is. It is not charity that the hospitals are doing, and patients need to get the best,” a Health Department official said.

This is seen as the first move to bring both private and public healthcare institutions within the ambit of quality regulation, something that is achieved merely by self-motivation currently.

The standards have been evolved in consultation with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH), and are in fact inspired by their entry-level accreditation standards that make it easier for hospitals to imbibe quality control culture.

“Earlier, hospitals which could not afford the process of quality control would just stay away. But, we are now offering them a foot in the door,” K.K. Kalra, CEO, NABH, had told The Hindu earlier.

The CMCHIS staff will first seek to orient hospitals on these standards before beginning the process of pre-accreditation, according to officials.

It is expected that at a certain point, accreditation for a hospital will become a pre-condition for empanelment in the government insurance scheme.

Existing hospitals that do not have accreditation will also be eased into the process, officials said.

United India Insurance, the insurance partner for the State government in this venture, seems equally enthused by this move.

Asha Nair, director and general manager, United India Insurance, said, “I would be very happy if this can be implemented. It means we are ensuring a minimum quality of service for all healthcare consumers across the board.”

The ideal would be to make it qualifying criteria for new hospitals that apply for empanelment.

Hospitals that have already been empanelled can be given time and a deadline to get accreditation, she said.

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