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Manipal, Aug 7: Department of Hospital Administration, KMC Manipal, & Department of Public Health, Manipal University as part of the ‘RASTHA’ forum organized a One

day conference on Materials Management in Healthcare at Chaithya Hall, Fortune Inn Valley View, Manipal.    

The Conference was inaugurated by Dr Vinod Bhat Vice Chancellor, Manipal Univers...

Manipal, Aug 7: Department of Hospital Administration, KMC Manipal, & Department of Public Health, Manipal University as part of the ‘RASTHA’ forum organized a One-day conference on Materials Management in Healthcare at Chaithya Hall, Fortune Inn Valley View, Manipal.    

The Conference was inaugurated by Dr Vinod Bhat Vice Chancellor, Manipal University and Dr (Col) M Dayananda Medical Superintendent and COO was the Guest of Honour. Brayal D’Souza is the Organizing Chairperson and Dr. Arun M S is the Organizing Secretary, Dr Somu G, Head Dept of Hospital Administration were present.

Inaugurating the Conference, Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University said that “ The practices in health care delivery is still evolving  undergoing debate – should state take care of the health of its citizen or corporate hospitals deliver care or a mix of both sector is a viable option ?” Dr Vinod Bhat quoted the example of Cuba which has the lowest infant and maternal mortality rates. The achievement was as a result of the efforts of the public sector in Cuba which do not have any advanced technology or sophisticated tools. In the Scandinavian countries where the primary healthcare was delivered through the Private sector with technology support – succeeded. It is the prime responsibility of the hospitals to contain costs and there by provide cost effective care to the population, especially the increasing number of geriatric population, Dr Vinod Bhat added. Thus healthcare should be made affordable and accessible to the population, even including the middle income group.

Dr (Col) M Dayananda Medical Superintendent and COO said that “ about 25 to 30% of the expenses of the hospital is incurred on the materials which is not visible to the patients or the society. Achieving cost efficiency is the significant factor in operating a hospital. Since the hospital materials are of different nature, specialised courses and knowhow is essential for dealing in purchase and management and hence courses with such specialisation should develop, Dr Dayananda opined”.

Sunil Kumar- AGM, Procurement and Material Management – Manipal Health Enterprises, Bangalore gave a talk on the impact logistics control had on implementing plans to improve service and decrease cost in Manipal hospitals. Mr.Srinivas Rao – Director of Global  Institute of Supply Management, Bangalore stressed the importance of inventory in hospitals as Non availability can be very critical and can cause irreversible damage.  Ms. Sulochana B, Associate Professor, Manipal college of Nursing gave a talk on GREEN NURSING said that Healthcare technologies should be safe and cost effective and environmental friendly. She added that Disposable medical supplies contribute to waste and “ Education and training is the cornerstone for quality improvement”.

V. Venkatraman- GM, Strategic key accounts, Philips Healthcare , gave a talk on Selecting appropriate technology for Hospitals and  said that Buyers today should transform themselves to Situational Approach. He stressed on the fact that Technology investment should be based on established metrics  as it would be heavy and once in lifetime. 

Chelvadorai Nithyanandam, CEO ,Telematic and Biomedical Services said that “ Basic objective is to bring about cost effective solutions for quality achievement. But in given scenario, the Quality always comes at high price. Poor practices has a negative effect on patient safety and also on the hospital’s brand name. He also gave his thoughts on managing physical risks associated with medical equipment usage and vendor selection

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