[Ip-health] PharmaBiz: ICTPH's work on Primary Healthcare

Prabhu Ram prabhuram at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 00:58:25 PDT 2011


  ICTPH works with field partner in Thanjavur to test concepts of primary
healthcare and its integration Nandita Vijay, Bangalore
Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH), a non-governmental
organization(NGO), is working with a field based partner in Thanjavur in
Tamil Nadu to field-test its concepts on provision of primary care and
integration of care across higher levels.

The changes that would be necessary in the overall health systems design if
we are to succeed in providing high quality health care requires four
complementary dimensions covering  human resources,  infrastructure,
interventions  and  financing, stated Dr Nachiket Mor, director,  IKP Centre
for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) and head, Sughavazhvu Healthcare
in Thanjavur.

“Over time we hope to expand the number of engagement partners.  On the
research and training front, we have partnered with the University of
Pennsylvania School of Nursing, University of Washington’s Brown School of
Social Work and Public Health, Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, and L. V.
Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.  These initiatives will allow us to move
closer to a vision of universal and high quality healthcare for all within
the financial and human resources available, stated Dr Mor, who was in
Bangalore recently for the  TB Diagnostics in India Conference held at St.
John’s Research Institute.

India needs an Essential Health System and Design Innovation. The country
has a  low supply of physicians that are qualified in allopathic medicine
and the few that are qualified are unwilling to serve in remote and
challenging locations.  The  disease burden continues to have a high
proportion of infectious diseases like  tuberculosis and other  chronic
diseases, said Dr. Mor.

As a member of the Union government’s High Level Expert Committee on
Universal Health Care, Dr Mor is of the view that India could have access to
affordable and quality healthcare only if  radical changes are made in the
manner in which this sector  is financed.

Primary healthcare must be available close to where people live. In
addition, higher levels of care, while easily available and accessible to
citizens, must be closely integrated with primary care and focused on the
whole individual . The  financing, risk sharing and referral mechanisms must
act in work to ensure that this happens.  Spain in the developed world and
Thailand in the developing world are health systems models which India
should emulate in healthcare.

The research work being carried out at ICTPH is dedicated to developing
viable models for making this vision a reality in the Indian context. While
viable solutions do exist they need to be found with multiple components of
design working closely together.  India has done a relatively good job of
addressing challenges at the secondary and tertiary care level, as evidenced
by the growing medical tourism industry, on the twin dimensions of provision
of Primary care and integration of care across higher levels.

The focus of ICTPH’s will be on  human resources strategies, advanced point
of care diagnostics, health management information systems, and expert
architectural designs. These components  have the potential to dramatically
transform the provision of primary healthcare and the integration of care
across levels, she stated.

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