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The incidents provided in this article highlight a major lacuna in our healthcare system about chronic diseases, and what we could do at the policy level to bring about a drastic change in the healthcare delivery for chronic disease management and make it more outcome driven.
To accelerate the hospital infrastructure development, it calls for expertise in various disciplines, but most crucial agent focussed to drive the project successfully up to delivery is Project Management Services (PMS). With emergence of strong and reliable players specialised in providing customised services in both PMS and Integrated Facility Management (IFMS), the industry can now afford to rely and be supported to accelerate growth plans.
The Indian healthcare system is undergoing a paradigm shift with many reforms taking place simultaneously; be it universal coverage, rural health, expanding Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY), mother and child health, chronic diseases or telemedicine. Under such a scenario, ideally there should be ‘rolling priorities’. That means that set up one priority, address it and then move on to the next one…and the first priority should be transforming the primary care system.
On February 1, 2013, Keshav Desiraju took over as the nation’s Health Secretary. Over the past few years, he has worked in the Union Ministry of Health & Family welfare on various senior positions, like Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Special Secretary. Known for his friendly attitude and realistic thinking, expectations are high from him. India is likely to see more action at the Ministry in the next two years. As the nation’s top official who has to look after the policies and programmes for 1.21 billion people, what could be the right priorities ? Is it mother & child health, chronic diseases , rural health… and the list goes on…
Hospitals live with potential threats which may cause the organisation various types of damages such as financial, cultural, social image and/or legal. The losses and exposure occur when a hospital fails to implement a programme adequately. Hospital’s exposure can be even greater if the injured party is a patient. Hospitals have a special duty of care toward patients, especially a patient who, because of his/her illness or condition, is particularly vulnerable to violence, abuse, theft and other acts.