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Hope to see Indian healthcare sector becoming HIPAA compliant soon: Winmagic’s COO

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Hope to see Indian healthcare sector becoming HIPAA compliant soon: Winmagic’s COOBy- Rashmi Mabiyan

New Delhi: “We hope India, like everywhere else, will soon follow the HIPAA compliance as data protection is an opportunity for everybody,” said Mark Hickman, COO, Winmagic.

With growing adoption of cloud and mobility solution in the healthcare sector, data today has more value than any other commodity, making hospitals, patient health records, doctors’ offices, pharmacies the prime targets due to abundance of health data.

Talking on the importance of protecting healthcare records, Hickman said, “Healthcare records are more valuable than any financial record, it is the first thing that the hackers are after. Securing them by putting policies and technologies in place is something that needs to be urgently focussed on.

According to the 2017 SecurityMetrics Guide to HIPAA Compliance, healthcare organizations accounted for more than 36 percent of 2016’s reported data breaches.

HIPAA, which stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

Today, western organisations are looking at security as a whole and as a key part of their business strategy. Leading data and analytics company GlobalData’s recent survey findings stated that healthcare providers across the globe are ramping up their investments in security architecture to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and protect their patients’ data.

According to Hickman, encrypting files and virtual machines that have sensitive data is a preventive measure through which one can protect his data and anybody who tries to steal it fails to do so as the data is completely encrypted.

“It is really important for organisations to have a data centric architecture whereby they can understand what data they have and then protect it,” said Hickman.

The legislations like HIPAA and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation — a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals) are giving certain companies a leg up as many Indian companies deal on a global basis and are already securing data.

GlobalData’s survey of healthcare providers revealed that a significant number are investing in security sensors. The survey showed that 62% of respondents currently use security sensors, while 55% of respondents plan to invest in this domain in the coming two years.

“India is becoming a major global player in the industry but if people feel that their records could be compromised they might rather go somewhere else because there is nothing more personal than one’s healthcare records,” concluded Hickman.



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Sun Pharma gets 3 observations from USFDA for Halol plant

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Sun Pharma gets 3 observations from USFDA for Halol plantNEW DELHI: Sun Pharmaceutical Industries today said the US health regulator has issued three observations after inspecting its Halol facility in Gujarat.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) conducted the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspection of the company’s Halol facility from February 12-23, 2018, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said in a BSE filing.

“At the conclusion of the inspection, the agency issued a Form 483, with three observations,” it added.

The drug firm however did not disclose any detail of the observations.

The company is preparing the response to the observations, which will be submitted to the USFDA within 15 business days, Sun Pharma said.

“The company is committed to addressing these observations promptly. The company remains committed to working closely with the USFDA and continues to enhance its GMP compliance on an ongoing basis,” it said.

As per the USFDA, a Form 483 is issued to a firm’s management at the conclusion of an inspection when investigator has observed any conditions that in their judgment may constitute violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act and related Acts.

It notifies the company’s management of objectionable conditions.

The company’s stock closed with a gain of 5.17 per cent at Rs 570.20 on BSE.



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Govt ropes in Nilekani for developing IT infra for healthcare scheme

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The IT infrastructure for the healthcare scheme will be of a huge scale as was required for Aadhar and will have to be scaled up gradually in view of the massive range of the programme.
The IT infrastructure for the healthcare scheme will be of a huge scale as was required for Aadhar and will have to be scaled up gradually in view of the massive range of the programme.

New Delhi, Feb 22 Tech billionaire Nandan Nilekani will assist the government in developing IT infrastructure for the mega National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), which seeks to cover 10-crore families, a senior Niti Aayog official has said.

The IT infrastructure for the healthcare scheme will be of a huge scale as was required for Aadhar and will have to be scaled up gradually in view of the massive range of the programme.

Former UIDAI chairman Nilekani — the brain behind the Aadhaar — is also a member of the GST return simplification committee.

“We have consulted Nilkeni, we want to build Aadhar like model for the scheme (NHPS)… He has agreed to help us,” the official said.

The premium on insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for every eligible household under the NHPS has been pegged at around Rs 900-1,000 per family annually, lower than the earlier estimate of Rs 1000-1,200.

Under the funding arrangement, the Centre will provide 60 per cent fund, while the remaining money would have to come from respective states.

In case of special category states, the Centre will provide 90 per cent of fund.

In his Budget speech earlier this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had provided an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore for NHPC which aims to provide a medical cover of up to Rs 5 lakh to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families, constituting 40 per cent of India’s total population. BKS CS BKS MKJ MKJ –



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Digital therapeutics enter the arena

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America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval to some digital therapeutics, or digiceuticals, which complement or even substitute conventional drugs for treating many conditions, ranging from diabetes and asthma to substance abuse, anxiety, depression, insomnia and attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome. Venture capital funds are readying war chests for a new breed of startups, many of them clustered around Boston, where many bio-medical industries already thrive. It is time Indian digital entrepreneurs woke up to the huge potential of digital therapeutics to create a new market segment in healthcare that could swiftly grow to many billion dollars in size.

Of course, there are several wellness tracking applications already in vogue. Some of them coach, monitor, measure and record. Digiceuticals differ from them in that they are focused on particular conditions, go through clinical trials and even seek and obtain regulatory approval. On combating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or insomnia, the digital solution might indeed be superior to conventional medication. To fight substance dependence, digiceuticals might complement medicines. A diabetes management phone app called HotStar, which has received FDA approval, has changed a patient’s life, reports The Economist. Others track the progress of a drug. Drug companies are forming alliances with digital startups, to develop new combination therapies. India’s regulatory apparatus must gear itself up to test and certify digital therapeutics. Insurance companies must determine how and when they will pay for these new treatments.

For the tech industry, digiceuticals are but one segment of a fast expanding field in digital healthcare, ranging from tracking, storing and analysing data to helping doctors and hospitals manage patients. The tech giants, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, have already started their healthcare projects. Indian medical entrepreneurs and the tech industry should see digital health as a priority area of innovation and job creation.



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Global health team from Osler Health System, Canada tours DMCH

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Global health team from Osler Health System, Canada tours DMCHLUDHIANA: A seven-member Global health team from William Osler Health System, Ontario, Canada completed a four-day visit to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) under the joint collaboration program between the two institutions. This is the third such visit by Team Osler at DMCH after an MOU was signed between the two institutions.

The visit started with the team visiting the Emergency department at DMCH. They were impressed with the quality and efficiency of care provided in the emergency area despite the large volume of patients. The team conducted team exercises and huddles with the nursing staff to further improve their communication and skill levels. The Vice President at Osler Florine Lobo was welcomed by Prem Kumar Gupta, Secretary, Managing Society and Dr Sandeep Puri, Principal at DMCH.

Lobo said that the team has absorbed many practices and processes from DMCH and will incorporate them into their system as well. The visiting team consisted of an Emergency medicine unit including Dr Gurjit Bajwa, Brian Klar and Christina Calvano and a mental health and addictions unit including Dr Navin Kaicker, Navjot Mundi and Harpal Panesar. Dr Deepak Jain, from Department of Orthopedics, DMC who is coordinating the visit said that Osler Health system caters to a large Indian population in Brampton, Canada and the two institutions have a lot to learn from each other.

The visiting team gave presentations on the rational use of investigations like CT scans and use of blood transfusion in anaemia patients. In the last day of the visit, the team summed up their experience and gave a formal feedback and recommendations to their peers at DMCH. Dr Puri said this feedback provides valuable insight to further improve our services and patient care.

DMCH and Osler have also started a ‘Care Beyond Borders’ program for continued medical care of patients from Canada who visit India and require medical care. Under this program, patient record with the plan of care of the patient from Canada is shared with doctors at DMCH before the patient visits India and medical care is coordinated between treating doctors at Osler and DMCH.

Dr Rajesh Mahajan from the Department of Medicine said that the two teams interacted and exchanged ideas to take care of patients presenting to the emergency department. Many new opportunities for research were also discussed. Dr Ranjive Mahajan, Head of Psychiatry and Dr Kaicker from Osler worked together to analyze and improve systems of care to deal with the menace of drug addiction, child psychiatry services and geriatric psychiatry.



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