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First, do no harm

When aspiring doctors enter their clinical training years in medical college, one of the first lessons they are given is: Primum non nocere — “First, do no harm”. In the lengthy careers of doctors and other healthcare professionals, they are faced with many medical situations that are beyond their power to remedy. At the same […]

Dr Sumit Ghoshal
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Patient safety aspect grossly ignored in India: Experts

Aseries of random interviews with practicing clinicians in several cities revealed a mixed picture with considerable awareness of the September 17 occasion among doctors associated with big corporate hospitals and very little knowledge among those working in small healthcare organizations. Dr M I Sahadulla, Chairman & Managing Director of KIMS Healthcare Group, one of Asia’s […]


“It’s time to start measuring the performance of accredited hospitals”

Dr B K Rana was one of the original founders of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) in 2005 and was associated with the organization till 2017. Then he set up an independent centre known as Quality and Accreditation Institute (QAI). Here he talks about his experiences in leading the quality movement in India. […]


Debate on using artificial intelligence for patient safety

If human intelligence is the capacity to assimilate new information, assess its implications and relative importance and to come to a conclusion that guides decision making, then Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the technology to make machines do the same thing. These technologies include machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision and chatbots. The potential for […]


World Patient Safety Day to reassure trust in healthcare systems

In May this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution that September 17 each year would henceforth be observed as World Patient Safety Day and it would be officially included in the WHO list of healthcare dates. It would hence be observed in all 194 member states of the WHO. This was the […]


Health spend @ 2.5% of GDP : A TALL ORDER?

For the first time, perhaps after several years, the finance minister appeared before the parliament bereft of the customary `budget briefcase’  — the hallmark of the budget ritually carried by Indian FMs on the big day.

S Harachand

A lacklustre budget, rue stakeholders

While there is a sharp spike in spending on sectors like agriculture, the Union Budget 2019-20 has grossly overlooked healthcare as a priority, say experts.