Effective health management programme can tackle increasing lifestyle diseases

In India, lifestyle diseases (diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer such as lung cancer) were never a matter of concern until recently.

In India, lifestyle diseases (diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer such as lung cancer) were never a matter of concern until recently. Today, an Indian has more than twice the odds of dying of a lifestyle disease than a communicable ailment. This is largely observed as a universal distress faced by most developing countries and India is no exception to that. Thus, there is a growing need of bringing Effective Health management in all aspects of health care. Life style diseases would pose a major health problem in the coming years. The burden of life style diseases (Non-communicable Disease) would grow from the now 55% to more than 80% in 2020. West Bengal is home to more than 50 lakh diabetes patients and has 1.4 crores of Hypertension population. Effective management of those patients requires 6 crores of doctor consultation for diabetes and 17 crores of doctor consultation for hypertension per year. These figures would rise to more than 50% by 2030.

Current management of such diseases result in only 6% desired outcome (maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure within the desired level and without any complication). To ensure that healthcare institutions are able to cope with these numbers, there is a growing need to bring Effective Health management in all aspects of health care. Private sector hospitals in West Bengal require around 1500 quality health care management professionals to effectively manage the influx of patients. The number would further grow to 5000 in 2017 and around 10,000 in 2020. This is because the private segment of the health care sector is expected to grow to $280 billion by 2020 in India. This would have impact on insurance, geriatric population, home care, tele-medicine and medical tourism. (Read: 3 out 5 doctors believe that the unruly lifestyle is the reason India is the world s diabetes capital)

To meet these demands, IIHMR Bangalore, a premiere institution in Healthcare Management has devised a healthcare management programme that produces professionally trained healthcare management professionals who have the skills and expertise to meet the demands of the patients. Commenting on the need for a healthcare management programme, Dr. Biranchi N Jena, Director of IIHMR, Bangalore said, The healthcare industry in India is growing at a pace that we may not be able to handle unless we treat every healthcare organisation the way we treat any corporate organisation. And just as any innovative organisation, a healthcare organisation requires effective management at every level of healthcare delivery. To ensure that such manpower exists, we at IIHMR have tailor made a healthcare management programme which not only provides the management lessons, but also an in depth understanding of the healthcare delivery system in India through hands on experience learning the nuances of hospital management. (Read: Top 6 diseases you can prevent with lifestyle changes)

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IIHMR Bangalore was the first educational institute in India to be accredited by NABET (National Accreditation Board for Education and Training) as a hospital and healthcare consultant organization for NABH standards. This would give students exposure on the critical issues faced by hospitals, as they would be working on the live projects related to NABH accreditation, quality improvement, patient satisfaction, and infection control. To ensure that the programme is relevant internationally as well, IIHMR Bangalore signed a memorandum of understanding withNetherland s Maastricht University. Both Institutions exchange knowledge and expertise about healthcare with focus given to student centred and outcome based learning methodologies. This mutual support has resulted in a rich curriculum development, continuous student assessment, internationalization of the curriculum and assurance of quality education. (Read: 5 lifestyle diseases that are common in India)

The admissions for Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Bangalore, are open for a two-year full-time postgraduate program specialising in Health, Hospital and Information Technology management (HIT). As the program has set high standards of management education in the health sector, it has attained the status of a premier program in the country.

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