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Health Matters is the quarterly newsletter of Max Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM) and curates the latest healthcare-related research and events at ISB.
In this edition of Health Matters, we bring you stories of how our alumni have been leading the fight against the pandemic through some of their pioneering startups and initiatives. We feature the transformational stories of six alumni doctors who we spoke to on Doctor's Day. We also cover the impact of research with stories on the development of a flexible cost-effective vaccination model, tech-driven impact in small and mid-sized hospitals, financial incentives-based disease management in urbanising areas, upcoming events, and more. Happy reading!
image Cost-efficient COVID-19 testing in India
We determined the unit cost of various COVID-19 testing technologies being used in India and estimated the average cost of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests to be ₹643 and ₹578, respectively, in November 2020. Based on the cost drivers, we assess that further reduction in unit costs can be achieved through consolidated procurement and pooled testing. Further reduction can happen through efficient sample collection and lab network optimisation. The whitepaper was published as a book chapter in the Rockefeller Foundation’s recent report 'The Road Ahead for Smart COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in India'.
image An adaptive, cost-effectiveness model for COVID-19 vaccination in states
MIHM in partnership with Center for Global Development Europe developed a flexible model to calculate the incremental unit costs and resources required for COVID-19 vaccination. We estimate the incremental cost per dose at ₹31-34 to vaccinate 18+ population. Approximately, 95% of the incremental cost is incurred due to HR. Our model estimates detailed resource requirement and can be used to estimate the same for a target vaccination rate, or to estimate the maximum vaccination rate that can be achieved for the given resources.
image Incentives for healthy dietary intake in peri-urban areas
Fruits and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. Less intake is linked to poor health and increased risk of non-communicable diseases. MIHM, with The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has developed a financial incentives programme and is evaluating its feasibility in the peri-urban areas. We are mapping the supply systems, understanding the economic considerations for the suppliers and consumers, noting preferences for incentives, and will create a business model and a delivery mechanism for the incentive scheme.
image Digital tech driving transformation in small and mid-sized hospitals
We interviewed 21 owners and top-management administrators in small and medium sized NABH-accredited hospitals across seven cities to examine their state of healthtech capability. Our findings indicate that while 97% of small and medium-sized hospitals were healthtech savvy, with 73% having high sensing capability. 90% of these also scored high on transformation capability. Our survey instrument, a systematic healthtech capability assessment tool, can be used by small and medium-sized hospitals to measure their current state towards developing a technology strategy.
Investment in hypertension care can reduce overall healthcare expenditure
The paper published in Global Heart shows that scaling up hypertension treatment coverage to 70% can reduce hypertension-related deaths by 5% and save India’s overall healthcare expenditure. Such a scale-up would require an annual investment of 4% of India’s current health budget.
Technology decision-making in a semi-urban ICU: An intensivist's dilemma
A case describing the critical challenges afflicting the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital and how it overcame those by leveraging tele-ICU solutions, published and distributed through Harvard Business Publishing.
How to make Covid tests more accessible, affordable  |  Indian Express
Making the case for Lean Six Sigma in the healthcare sector  |  Business Times
Augment testing capacity  |  The Hindu Business Line
Phase 3 of our vaccination drive pushed for too much too soon  |  Mint
Improving testing availability alone not enough; mitigating uptake barriers equally crucial  |  Forbes India
Let’s aim for affordable and sustainable corona testing  |  Mint
Lean Six Sigma for healthcare
Professor Vijay Sunder M, Assistant Professor (Practice), Operations Management, ISB in an interview with Sowmya Shashidhara, Associate Director, Max Institute of Healthcare Management, ISB discussed why is process improvement important in healthcare, the concepts of Lean Six Sigma, how it can be applied in healthcare/digital healthcare, and shares his top three tips for new-age technology-driven professionals.
A PPP model for public healthcare
In a Business & Policy Dialogue organised on Doctor’s Day, Professor Sarang Deo, Executive Director, MIHM & Professor, Operations Management, ISB discuss how the private sector can substantially support the government's tertiary care and primary healthcare efforts through a PPP model with Smt. Arti Ahuja, IAS, Additional Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
Watch the tribute video where we celebrate doctors from ISB and beyond. You can also read six inspiring stories about alumni doctors who have transformed their careers to management, entrepreneurship and more.
Dr. Ramya Gujjula
PGP Co 2014
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Dr. Mahesh Joshi
PGPMAX Founding Class
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Dr. Sujata Das
AMPH Founding Class
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Dr. Sayed Moulana
AMPH Founding Class
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Dr. Meinal Chaudhry
AMPH Co 2019
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Dr. Avinash Nanivadekar
AMPH Co 2020
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Leading the fight against COVID-19: Alumni initiatives
Doctor on Wheels
A collaborative initiative
founded by AMPH Co 2020's Dr.
Neelam Mohan that provides
free consultations and
medicines to Covid+ patients in
rural Uttar Pradesh
A free-of-cost sharing
model for oxygen
concentrators by ISB alumni
Pawan Kumar Dasaraju,
PGP Co 2014 and Gurpreet
Walia, PGP Co 2007
and Recognition
AMPH Founding Class’s
Dr. Sujata Das awarded
the K R Dutta Award 2021
for her contribution to
community eye banking.
Read her story.
A 24*7 counselling service for
women who lost their spouse
during COVID-19 and are sole
breadwinners of family by
AMPBA Co 2019's Yudhvir Mor
A website that lets you sign
up for email alerts when
vaccination slots open up in
your districtby ISB alumni Shyam
Sunder and Azhar Hussain
Dr. Sateesh Kumar
Thammiraju, AMPH Co 2020
cofounded EMedSavers for
tele-ICU monitoring for
COVID-19 patients at home
Dr. Marur Sujeer Basha,
AMPH Co 2020 founded
Aryam Healthcare that offers
traditional home healthcare
services across Hyderabad
Dr. Ramesh Maturi, AMPH Co 2020 cofounded Cancer Care India Consortium that works for cervical cancer screening in public health domain
COVID-19: Hyderabad had positive rate of 0.78% last week, 47% PCR tests  |  The Times of India
The emergence of new variants can undo the progress made by vaccination: Professor Sarang Deo  |  Economic Times
Is India testing enough in the second Covid wave?  |  The Quint
COVID-19 will be with us for a long time, countries need billions of doses: Rockefeller Foundation's Rajiv Shah  |  CNBC TV-18
Coronavirus India update: Centre's slow response mechanism responsible for acute vaccine shortage?  |  India Ahead News
Country to face vaccine shortages till July: ISB study  |  The Times of India
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