Category — Healthcare

Henry Ford Health System Debuts in India

Michigan-based Henry Ford Health System signed a 20-year technology licensing arrangement with Pearl Human Care Pvt. Ltd., that is putting up a super-specialty hospital in Vellore, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The company is also looking at India for similar tie-ups with green and brown field hospital projects.

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“We are looking at licensing our technologies to existing hospitals in India. We are also in talks with others in India for licensing tie-ups,” said Marck Coticchia, vice president and Chief Information Officer at Henry Ford health System, who added that the focus will be on bringing high quality healthcare at affordable costs, reports the Economic Times.




October 17, 2016   No Comments

Global Device Makers Form India Group

Some leading research-based medical technology companies, who have made remarkable investments in India, formed an association called Medical Technology Association of India (MTaI) to propel growth in the medical devices sector.

Founding members include Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Smith & Nephew, C R Bard, Terumo, Boston Scientific and Vygon. Other members have also joined the association since its inception. Medical Device

MTaI aims to partner with government of India in setting guidelines for growth of the medical devices sector by bringing in even bigger investments. It will support the ‘Make in India’ initiative through technology upgradation and dissemination in the provider space, reports



October 16, 2016   No Comments

India’s Bharat Biotech To Start Phase-1 Trials of Zika Vaccine

After completing pre-clinical studies on its new Zika vaccine candidate Zikavac, Hyderabad, India-based Bharat Biotech announced that the company is now seeking the approval of the government to begin Phase-1 trials where the inactivated vaccine candidate will be tested on 100 people, reports BioSpectrum. Bharat Biotech Research Lab
India has no known cases of the virus so far, but it is widely prevalent in Southeast Asian countries. The company said it’s in touch with the World Health Organization with whom it shares details about the vaccine’s development.

October 16, 2016   No Comments

Aetna to Invest $16 Million in India

Hartford, CT-based diversified healthcare benefits firm Aetna International will invest $16 million in its wholly-owned arm, Indian Health Organization India, to offer new health and wellness solutions.

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The company offers a ‘Classic Family Consultation’ annual membership for a fee of $87 (Rs. 5880) for a family of four. Benefits of this membership include unlimited tele-consultations with doctors, ten free doctor consultation vouchers which can be utilized at leading hospitals in India, guidance on nutrition and diet, diagnostics, treatment and pharmacy. The wellness card has been launched in metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Going forward, Aetna through its subsidiary, plans to target 25 cities, reports Forbes.

Commenting on the development, Aetna International president Richard di Benedetto said, “India is a key market in our future growth strategy. The country has tremendous scope for growth in the healthcare sector. Affordability and accessibility are key challenges and our products and services are designed to help with this.”

October 16, 2016   No Comments

John Hopkins Alumni Create Telemedicine App for Rural India

Intelehealth started as a four-person team project at a Master’s Program at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. The students involved created an app that lets health workers in rural communities where doctors are not available, to act as a proxy for them.

CNN Money reports that when a patient arrives at a clinic, a health worker uses Intelehealth to create a record with demographic and personal data, the issues a patient is having, along with photos.  CEO Neha Goel says that the company has built data collection protocols for 80% of conditions that are prevalent in rural communities.


The patient summary is then sent to an offsite Indian doctor, often a retired physician, who makes a diagnosis and sends it back to the clinic with a prescription or referral for further care.  Some of the patient data is anonymized and used for research.

The advantage of Intelehealth’s Android app is that it can operate on low bandwidth. It is currently in beta and will launch officially in two months.

October 4, 2016   No Comments