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This section displays press releases and NATHEALTH leaders’ perspectives on key sectorial and industry developments and latest stories where NATHEALTH is featured.
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Dialysis delivery in India: Demand, challenges, and way forward
Initiatives like mandatory quality protocols related to service delivery along with stringent periodic audits by independent authorities will ensure execution and compliance to set standards across different models.
January 18, 2024
ICMR invites suggestions to revise essential diagnostics list, over 4 years after its first release
National Essential Diagnostics List was first released in 2019 following World Health Organization recommendation. Industry has welcomed move to revise list as step towards ensuring better access.
January 17, 2024
Budget 2024: Boost healthcare spending, reform iGST and address embedded tax issues, industry leaders urge
Interim Budget 2024: NATHEALTH has urged the government to embark on transformative measures that prioritise bolstering healthcare infrastructure and making strategic investments to overcome supply-side constraints.
January 10, 2024
India’s lifesciences industry leaders share their expectations from Budget 2024
The industry leaders of the Indian healthcare and pharma sector sharing the wishlist for the upcoming Union Budget 2024- 2025, urge the union government to increase healthcare spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP and the rationalisation of the GST framework.
January 10, 2024
Patient empowerment and data protection: The role of education in Indian healthcare
Continued investment in education will prove to be highly effective in increasing patient empowerment while at the same time raising awareness regarding data protection and respective practices in the healthcare system of India.
December 3, 2023
NABH partners with NATHEALTH to enhance patient safety
Jointly develop a white paper/ awareness module on patient safety outlining the best practices around consumer safety measures and conduct a series of expert sessions to disseminate this across healthcare caregivers and broader health system
November 23, 2023
Mounting trouble. Two roads in healthcare, one in dire need of attention
As PE firms pour money into the sector from one side, the challenge of qualified staff continues on the other.
October 15, 2023
Investment Climate in Health care with a special focus on hospitals
This article will detail the differences among the various healthcare industries and which metrics investors should follow before making an investment.
September 24, 2023
Pioneering sewage tracing and IoT sensors in pandemic management
Dr Sanjib Pal, Founder and President, RAD365 talks about sewage tracing, the pivotal role of IoT sensors, and their collective influence in reshaping virus detection and the management of pandemics
September 21, 2023
NABH and NATHEALTH collaborate to improve healthcare quality
A website “Choose Safer Healthcare” launched serving as a comprehensive resource hub for patients and citizens.
September 18, 2023
NABH and NATHEALTH collaborates to create dialogue and bring patient safety and quality at the forefront of the Indian healthcare ecosystem
In a momentous move to promote and enhance patient safety and improving the healthcare quality, NATHEALTH, Healthcare Federation of India on the occasion of World Patient Safety Day signed a MoU with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, a constituent Board of Quality Council of India, an autonomous body under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
September 18, 2023
NATHEALTH, NABH sign MoU towards reinforcing patient safety, quality healthcare across nation
This article will detail the differences among the various healthcare industries and which metrics investors should follow before making an investment.
September 18, 2023
Hospital safety: our goal needs to be zero harm
It is the practice of healthcare, while becoming more accurate and effective, has become extensively more complex. Just like in any other high-pressure, high-risk environment, safety checklists before procedures or surgeries go a long way in making sure that the right patient has the right diagnosis and gets the right treatment as it is prescribed and intended.
September 9, 2023
Climate-conscious investments in health
By implementing sustainable strategies within the healthcare sector, the industry has the chance to make a lasting impact on good health and climate protection. These new investments are essential and have the potential to create a positive feedback loop, promoting a healthier planet and a more resilient healthcare sector for generations to come.
September 3, 2023
Enhancing Healthcare: Skill Development Initiatives Add to India’s Economic Growth
The country’s healthcare sector is diverse and covers various domains, including clinical care, diagnostics, administration, and support services. The challenges faced by the sector are complex, ranging from inadequate infrastructure to a shortage of trained professionals.
August 28, 2023
Universal health coverage in Asian perspective
Prashant Sharma, Managing Director, Charnock Hospital highlights the benefits of UHC, current challenges and road ahead.
August 23, 2023
Healthy India | Patient safety — here’s why Indian healthcare should prioritise this urgent need
As Indians become more health-savvy, the demand for quality healthcare is growing at a rapid pace. Therefore, each and every person working in a healthcare facility has a part to play in keeping patients safe. And patients must be equally invested in asking for the best quality of patient care from healthcare providers, writes Dr. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Managing Director and CEO at Fortis Healthcare.
July 25, 2023
Tough pill to swallow for e-pharmacies as govt’s draft bill proposes curbs on online sale of drugs
Likely to be presented to Cabinet before being tabled in Parliament, latest version of draft bill aims to regulate, restrict or ban online sale of prescription drugs.
July 23, 2023
The Role Of Technology In Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections
Hand hygiene alone, if implemented correctly, would prevent up to 60% of Hospital Acquired Infections.
July 22, 2023
Punjab health minister invites corporate hospitals to collab with govt to provide quality treatment at affordable prices
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh on Friday extended an invitation to the corporate hospitals to collaborate with the government to provide quality healthcare services to people at subsidised and affordable prices.
July 21, 2023
Punjab health minister invites corporate hospitals to collaborate with govt
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh on Friday extended an invitation to the corporate hospitals to collaborate with the government to provide quality healthcare services to people at subsidised and affordable prices.
July 21, 2023
Punjab minister invites corporate hospitals to collaborate with govt to provide affordable services
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh on Friday extended an invitation to the corporate hospitals to collaborate with the government to provide quality healthcare services to people at subsidised and affordable prices.
July 21, 2023
Punjab minister invites corporate hospitals to collaborate with govt to provide affordable services
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh on Friday extended an invitation to the corporate hospitals to collaborate with the government to provide quality healthcare services to people at subsidised and affordable prices.
July 21, 2023
India’s DPDP Bill: Pioneering data privacy safeguarding with empowered individuals and responsible fiduciaries
The DPDP Bill signifies a pivotal shift in data processing practices, making it crucial for organisations to comprehend its provisions and ensure compliance.
July 14, 2023
What would diagnostic labs of the future look like?
Strong technology backbone, paving the way for smart labs that can handle the increasing demands at greater speed and lower cost should characterise the future of diagnostic labs.
July 12, 2023
Patients Deserve to Have Their Privacy Protected
Healthcare leaders have a responsibility to do everything they can to keep patient data safe.
June 21, 2023
Transforming healthcare: Moving from reactive to preventive care
With the rising burden of chronic diseases and the need for advanced diagnostics, moving from reactive to preventive care may help.
June 7, 2023
Why ensuring patient safety in laboratory diagnostics is important
India has now recognised the importance of patient safety and is in the process of adopting a patient safety culture and numerous initiatives are being taken to address this issue.
June 5, 2023
Stretchers in corridors, scores of injured rushed in: Odisha hospital resembles a war zone
With corridors filled with wounded passengers on stretchers, beds hastily added to accommodate patients rushed in, the Balasore district hospital resembles a war zone. Many of the injured have also been rushed to hospitals in Soro, Bhadrak, Jajpur and the SCB Medical College in Cuttack.
June 3, 2023
Govt’s New Medical Device Policy & How Will It Impact Industry: All You Need To Know
The six strategies of the National Medical Device Policy 2023, propose to augment the growth story of the medical devices industry in India and entail focus areas such as streamlining regulation, enabling infrastructure, facilitating R&D and innovation, inviting investments, facilitating skilled manpower and promoting the industry for exports
April 28, 2023
Medical device makers give a thumbs up to National Medical Devices Policy
The policy push comes over and above the performance linked incentive schemes that are already underway in the sector
April 27, 2023
Union Cabinet approves Medical Devices Policy; here’s what industry leaders say
Dr. GSK Velu, Chairman, and MD of Trivitron Healthcare said that this policy will drive accelerated growth, promote innovation, and create new jobs in the sector.
April 27, 2023
Digital Pathology, Eyesight to AI sight – Transforming lab workflows digitally through artificial intelligence
India is also grappling with a shortage of pathologists and microbiologists. It takes immense effort to diagnose samples without the aid of technology which underlines the need to use the latest technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to speed up diagnosis and increase its scale. India has about 3 lakh medical testing laboratories but only 5,500 qualified MD pathologists.
April 21, 2023
Ringing in the Right to Health, a signal for other States to follow
Clear rules needed now for Rajasthan’s landmark bill, even as activists hope more States follow suit
April 16, 2023
Price of package services unchanged, rendering CGHS revision ‘too little, too lata’: NATHEALTH PRESIDENT
While lauding the government for taking a step forward in the revision of CGHS rates, Dr Raghuvanshi, however, has called the revision "too little, too late." He said: "One of the major elements of the CGHS rate revision—the pricing of package services—remains unchanged, rendering the revision too little, too late."
April 14, 2023
Central Government Health Scheme: Why private healthcare players are demanding revised charges for diagnostics, surgical services
Dissatisfied with the revision of rates for services provided by private healthcare outlets to CGHS beneficiaries‚ industry players are asking the government to go the whole hog
April 14, 2023
Amidst CGHS Package Rate Hike, Pricing Of Diagnostics, Surgical Packages Unchanged
The decision will result in an increase in spending for the government from Rs 240 crore to Rs 300 crore
April 14, 2023
Consolidation is in the offing for diagnostics industry: SRL’s Anand K
‘Diagnostic test prices have largely remained unchanged over five years, despite inflation’
April 13, 2023
Heating up. Facing cost pressure, diagnostic players in catch-22 situation on price revision
Costly imports due to dollar appreciation and heating-up competition leave less room for price revision
April 12, 2023
Is Rajasthan’s RTH Bill the right template for India?
While a perfect RTH/UHC Bill might be a Utopia, all stakeholders should learn from Rajasthan’s experience
April 7, 2023
Pvt healthcare providers want Rajasthan’s ‘Right to Health’ law to be kept in abeyance
The healthcare industry body also expressed fears of increased legal and criminal cases that could be lodged against doctors as a result of the new law.
April 3, 2023
Why Rajasthan doctors are refusing Gehlot’s Right to Health bill
Right to Health Bill passed by Ashok Gehlot says neither government nor private hospitals and clinics can refuse a person seeking emergency treatment, adding that the state government will bear the cost of the treatment provided by the hospital. The doctors however, have asked the government to define the term ‘emergency’ properly. The doctors working...
March 31, 2023
Put RTH Bill In Abeyance Till Consensus Is Achieved: NATHEALTH Prez
On Wednesday, healthcare providers body NATHEALTH's President, Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi in a statement spoke on the ongoing tussle between Rajasthan's government and the state's private doctors.
March 30, 2023
Roll back Rajasthan’s ‘Right to Health Bill’ until consensus is achieved: NATHEALTH PRESIDENT
The bill raises significant questions that weigh in on private providers around operational viability, financial sustainability, patient privacy and the increased legal and criminal cases that will be lodged against doctors who are already victims of physical violence: Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi.
March 29, 2023
Health tech start-ups: New stars of India’s healthcare ecosystem
Health tech start-ups are revolutionizing the healthcare sector by designing and creating innovative medical technologies that are optimizing patient care outcomes, healthcare delivery systems, and reducing costs. The number of ventures in this sector has grown exponentially, from 452 in 2016 to nearly 90,000 in India today. There are over 8,000 health tech start-ups in India valued at around $2 billion and growing at a rate of almost 40%.
March 27, 2023
Dr. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi elected as new President of NATHEALTH
He takes charge from Dr. Shravan Subramanyam, erstwhile President of NATHEALTH during FY 2022-23. This was announced in the AGM post the 9th NATHEALTH Annual Summit 2023.
March 27, 2023
Here’s why digital adoption remains low in private health providers despite benefits
The report, Pathways to Scale Adoption of Digital Health in India, which was produced in association with consulting firm Arthur D Little, is based on a survey on 30 private healthcare providers. The report said that 93 per cent of the respondents agreed that digitalisation is beneficial for the healthcare ecosystem and 80 per cent recorded using digital tools for the most common use case, i.e., to register customer data (demographic and clinical).
March 25, 2023
Rural PPP hospitals: Private operators want govt help with operational costs, permission to fix fee
The summit brought healthcare industry leaders and the government together to discuss, deliberate and find ways to improve the country's healthcare system.
March 23, 2023
NATHEALTH 9th Annual Summit: Healthcare leaders call for Addressing current barriers and unlocking pathways to achieving universal health coverage
The summit brought healthcare industry leaders and the government together to discuss, deliberate and find ways to improve the country's healthcare system.
March 23, 2023
NATHEALTH 9th Annual Summit: Healthcare leaders call for Addressing current barriers and unlocking pathways to achieving universal health coverage
The summit brought healthcare industry leaders and the government together to discuss, deliberate and find ways to improve the country's healthcare system.
March 23, 2023
NATHEALTH 9th Annual Summit 2023: Healthcare Leaders Call for Addressing Current Barriers and Unlocking Critical Pathways to Achieving Universal Health Coverage
The summit brought healthcare industry leaders and the government together to discuss, deliberate and find ways to improve the country's healthcare system.
March 23, 2023
Communication in healthcare
Communication is a means of exchange of information, as also a method of sharing ideas. However, in health care, poor communication is a bane. Let's see how.
March 19, 2023
Healthcare financing needs attention
The country needs new healthcare models to ensure that medical treatment payouts are made for the right approaches and layouts.
March 18, 2023
Pharmaceutical industry hails Budget; says proposal will promote research, innovation
The pharmaceutical industry on Wednesday hailed the Budget terming it a step in the right direction to promote research and innovation in the sector.
February 7, 2023
Private healthcare organisations welcome Budget 2023, call for incentives to charitable hospitals, funding for telemedicine
Private healthcare institutes raised concerns such as the government not increasing healthcare spending to 2.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) concern and streamlining embedded indirect taxes like Goods and Service Taxes (GST) in the sector.
February 2, 2023
Union Budget 2023-24: Budget not as per expectations
Healthcare stakeholders are dismayed that there was no increase in the budget allocation, no revision/reduction in GST, no tax exemption and missing out on the crucial aspect of universal health coverage.
February 1, 2023
Union Budget 2023: Key takeaways for health sector
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget 2023-2024 today.
February 1, 2023
Budget 2023: A new vision for India’s healthcare is needed; will the govt rise to the occasion?
The healthcare sector, particularly the public sector, still faces barriers, despite being one of the world's best. The Budget is an apt time to fix the loopholes.
February 1, 2023
Pharma, healthcare industry seeks eased regulations, R&D-based incentives
Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) Secretary General Sudarshan Jain outlined the sector's wish list for the 2018 Union Budget, noting that the domestic pharmaceutical industry is currently worth about $50 billion and hopes to increase to about $130 billion by 2030 and $450 billion by 2047.
February 1, 2023
Budget 2023: Healthcare industry experts urge govt to focus on preventive care, increased investment & GST reform
Ideally, India should be spending at least 2.5- 3 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product on the healthcare system. Sadly, it does not. The healthcare sector and bodies affiliated with it have once again big expectations from the upcoming Union Budget.
January 11, 2023
How Genomics will ensure a risk-free and beneficial treatment for good health and well-being
By Amol Naikawadi. Although genetic testing is still a relatively new development in drug treatment, but this field is rapidly expanding considering the value proposition it provides.
December 29, 2022
Indian pharma sector set for ‘volume to value leadership’ journey in 2023
Reinvention and innovation will be the key mantra for the Indian pharma industry in the New Year as the 'pharmacy of the world' looks to move from volume to value leadership, amid emerging challenges of inflation and pricing pressures in the global markets.
December 22, 2022
Budget 2023: NATHEALTH seeks rationalisation of GST for healthcare sector
In its submission to the finance ministry on Wednesday , the industry body said that the healthcare sector has not been able to derive the benefits of the GST transition in comparison to other sectors. In fact, the embedded taxes in the sector have increased in the post-GST regime compared to pre-GST period, it noted.
December 14, 2022
Enhance Healthcare Infrastructure, Achieve Universal Health Coverage, $5 Trillion Economy: NATHEALTH
The recommendations cover strengthening healthcare infrastructure across tier 2 and 3 geographies, investing in emergency healthcare delivery services and expanding testing infrastructure in the hinterland by accelerating capex spends, as per the statement it issued.
December 14, 2022
Creating a pool of medical specialists
Reinvent and innovate will be the key mantra for the Indian pharma industry in the New Year as the 'pharmacy of the world' looks to move from volume to value leadership, amid emerging challenges of inflation and pricing pressures in the global markets.
December 12, 2022
Call for one-time Budget allocation to pay Govt dues to healthcare providers
Nathealth claims the reimbursements for completed treatments are not made on time, and in most cases, remain unpaid even for 2-3 years
December 8, 2022
Driving innovation through partnerships to address India’s healthcare barriers: Mansi Wadhwa
There is growing awareness of the contribution healthcare technology companies can make, toward curtailing hospital costs and improving the quality of care. The winning combination of technology companies and hospital care providers can potentially expedite expansion of healthcare capacity and adoption of new technologies.
December 8, 2022
NatHealth calls for rationalisation of GST in upcoming Budget
Healthcare industry body NATHEALTH on Wednesday sought rationalisation of GST and enhanced insurance coverage especially in smaller cities and towns in the upcoming Budget.
December 7, 2022
Nathealth Demands Rationalization Of Gst In The Upcoming Budget
Healthcare industry body NATHEALTH on Wednesday sought rationalisation of GST and enhanced insurance coverage especially in smaller cities and towns in the upcoming Budget.
December 7, 2022
NATHEALTH key budget recommendations focus on transforming India into a 5 trillion USD economy on a healthy foundation
Short-term and long-term recommendations highlight the need for ease of doing business, uniform adoption of digital health, capacity building of healthcare workers and expanding insurance cover.
December 7, 2022
Exponential growth of Superbugs: Strong multi-sectorial steps needed to stem growing threat of AMR
According to Lancet, AMR was linked to 1·27 million deaths in 2019. In 2016, the Review on AMR commissioned by the British government estimated that by 2050, AMR could claim 10 million lives or one life every three seconds globally.
December 6, 2022
Budget FY24: NATHEALTH seeks rationalisation of GST for healthcare sector
Healthcare industry body NATHEALTH on Wednesday sought rationalisation of GST and enhanced insurance coverage especially in smaller cities and towns in the upcoming Budget.
December 4, 2022
NATHEALTH submits private health sector recommendations for Union Budget 2022
In the short-term recommendations submitted to the government, NATHEALTH has highlighted the need of enhancing the role of the private sector in increasing the capacities of our healthcare professionals to address the shortage of healthcare professionals.
December 4, 2022
Nathealth recommends enhancing healthcare infrastructure, universal health coverage as part of budget recommendations
Nathealth - Healthcare Federation of India has submitted a comprehensive set of recommendations to the government for the Union Budget 2023-24 to address the current barriers for the private healthcare sector.
December 3, 2022
Despite challenges, medical device industry in India has potential for high growth
According to government data, there are 750–800 domestic medical device manufacturers in India, with an average investment of $2.3–2.7 million and an average turnover of $6.2-6.9 million.
November 29, 2022
Not a single taker for Rs 50,000 crore scheme to set up hospitals in non-metro areas
Under the scheme, scheduled commercial banks were allowed to provide credit with interest rate, capped at 7.95 per cent per annum, for projects in the healthcare sector. A maximum of Rs 100 crore per project was to be disbursed.
November 1, 2022
Private hospitals concerned over removal of payment clause in revised CGHS empanelment pact
Large private hospitals have expressed serious reservations over the removal of payment terms in a proposed agreement for empanelment with the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), saying this and other clauses will have a major impact on their ability to deliver seamless services.
September 27, 2022
NMC proposes relaxing norm for universities to start medical colleges
In a move that should make setting up medical colleges easier, the apex medical regulator has proposed doing away with the requirement of such institutions having a full-fledged hospital that has been functional for a minimum of two years.
September 22, 2022
Full accreditation of hospitals sluggish but demand high for entry-level certification
Only an estimated 2 percent of India’s hospitals with over 50 beds each have been fully accredited in the 17 years since the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers was set up.
September 22, 2022
India@2047 – From Heal in India to Heal by India
As India celebrates 75 years of independence and the beginnings of Amrutkaal, its healthcare system, enriched by a 5000-year legacy has much to offer to the world.
September 21, 2022
Top industry leaders to adopt 10 pc of TB patients enrolled under Ni -Kashay 2.0
The aim is to ensure quality care, nutrition, medical services, technology and diagnostic support and mitigate the high burden of costs borne by patients and their families, NATHEALTH President Dr Shravan Subramanyam said.
September 16, 2022
How better business models can bring affordable healthcare to Bharat
The year 2018 ushered in a new era for universal healthcare in India with the announcement of the world’s largest health insurance scheme, The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana—giving financial assistance for hospital care for the most vulnerable population.
September 9, 2022
Genome sequencing: The future of preventive healthcare is now
We were often told that “Prevention is better than cure”. Yet, in matters of health, it is a human tendency to seek medical help only after detecting clinical symptoms. The trend is now changing as many more people have realised the benefits of prevention on quality of life and longevity.
September 7, 2022
As Centre readies ‘Heal in India’ portal, hospital chains suggest a slew of measures on medical tourism
As the government readies a ‘Heal in India’ portal to monitor the end-to-end journey of foreign patients arriving in the country for treatment, large private hospital chains looking to increase their medical tourism business have shared a number of suggestions with the Centre.
September 5, 2022
Replicating India’s emergency medical care model in emerging countries
By Prabhdeep Singh. Developing and emerging countries in Asia and Africa, with similar healthcare and related issues, can take a leaf out of India’s book to solve their healthcare woes.
August 28, 2022
NATHEALTH and CKD launches “Win with Vaccines” campaign
The objective of the campaign is to engage with key stakeholders, join hands with district authorities, and run a comprehensive public education program that addresses awareness gaps in understanding the benefits of vaccination
August 5, 2022
Home care: The changing face of care delivery in India
By Meena Ganesh And Vivek Srivastava.
India’s elderly population projected to triple in the next three decades.
June 28, 2022
Technology Adoption is the key to solving India’s challenge of access to a more equitable healthcare System
By Siddhartha Bhattacharya & Barnik Chitran Maitra Technological advances, digitally enabled care and public-private partnerships can transform healthcare in India
June 27, 2022
Understanding the role of private healthcare providers in India’s march toward Universal Health Coverage
There continues to be a perception that private hospitals are against public interest and operate only for profit. Therefore, it is important to examine a few aspects of overall hospital operational issues and challenges to decode these misconceptions
May 5, 2022
Breaching the digital frontier for Indian healthcare
Digital is the future in all sectors of the economy and society and healthcare is no exception. Digital delivery will become integral to healthcare provision, and something that people have embraced after being driven indoors by the pandemic.
March 26, 2022
Potential of MedTech to bridge the rural-urban gap
Rural communities have long struggled to maintain access to quality healthcare services. Rural healthcare in India is characterised by a huge gap between supply and demand.
April 7, 2021
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