In early June, the government think tank Niti Aayog unveiled its discussion paper on national strategy on Artifical Intelligence (AI) which aims to guide research and development in new and emerging technologies. While the paper per se focuses on five sectors for India — healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and infrastructure and transportation, this post will […]Read More India looks to Artificial Intelligence to solve Health Infra Problems
People talk a lot about “freedom” these days. Be it freedom from colonial rule or the freedom of expression, the freedom of the Internet, the freedom to watch porn, to have consensual sex in beach-side resorts or the freedom to marry irrespective of faith. At the root of each of these passionate beliefs is the […]Read More Health and the freedom of choice
India’s economy is performing poorly, at least compared to its relative dynamism just a few years ago. With a general election to be concluded by the end of May 2014, many are looking to the country’s next government to break India out of its economic doldrums. Pre-poll surveys (whether you like them or not) have […]Read More What can the pharmaceutical industry expect from the new government?
A few days ago, the Union Health Ministry accepted the Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Expert Committee report on approval of new medicines, clinical trials & banning of medicines. One of the points in the Action Taken Report was that the Ministry decided to admit data from Phase I and Phase II trials done overseas for […]Read More Clinical Trials and Judgmental Errors
A few days ago, the Vice President of the Indian National Congress party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that his party would implement the free medicines scheme for the poor across India. Since the tweet coincided with Mr. Gandhi’s visit to Rajasthan, it can only be assumed that he was touting a relatively successful scheme […]Read More Free Medicines or Better Health?
Health care policy in most developing countries has emphasized the development of government-owned health services, largely financed by tax revenues. Following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), many countries established systems consisting of peripheral clinics and health workers, integrated community health centers and a tiered system of public hospitals. As such systems became […]Read More HEALTH AND WEALTH – THE INDIA PARADOX
Despite knowing that spending on health has a multiplier effect on its GDP, it is only over the last two years that the UPA-2 government spared a thought for the health of its population. Goaded on by the National Advisory Council (NAC), the government made grandiose announcements to provide relief to the common man’s health […]Read More India’s Flawed Health Policy
India’s health policy confuses the lay person as much as the investor. What does the government really want to do? Does it want to provide health for all its residents (not citizens) under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) scheme? Will it distribute medicines free to everyone? Is it seeking Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) actively in […]Read More Why are health reforms difficult in India?
The directive from the Drug Controller General of India’s (DCGI) office to all State Drug Controllers to issue trademarks for generic names instead of brands – even if it was just to resolve trademark issues – is yet another display of confounding decision making by the Union Government that has been plaguing the country in […]Read More India’s Health Policy: Flip Flops or Opaque Policy Shifts?