TRANS­PAR­ENT EN­FORCE­MENT NEEDED

Business Today - - THE BUZZ - – Joe C Mathew

ALL PA­TIENTS WHO

got a faulty hip implant (eight years ago), sold by a John­son & John­son sub­sidiary must be com­pen­sated, said a Fe­bru­ary 2018 re­port by an ex­pert com­mit­tee of the Min­istry of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare. Seven months af­ter the re­port, five of the vic­tims have writ­ten to the min­istry seek­ing the de­tails of the rec­om­men­da­tions. Pa­tient ad­vo­cacy groups have been de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment make the re­port pub­lic to avoid any scope for sub­se­quent al­ter­ations in the rec­om­men­da­tions.

Two things are clear. In­dia does not have proper elec­tronic, trace­able health records or a registry of pa­tients. We fail to en­force time-bound penal­ties on wrong do­ers. For a ro­bust health­care ecosys­tem, both in­gre­di­ents are cru­cial. It is time to make In­dia’s dig­i­tal drive more pur­pose­ful.

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