Karan Thakur

Emerging risks in an age of Big Data

Monday, 29 May 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Undoubtedly, the adoption of digital technologies will make the Indian health system more accessible, equitable and technologically advanced. But as this digital shift happens, there will also be lingering safety and security challenges that need to be addressed and resolved The world has been reeling under a sustained and coordinated global...

More than health insurance needed

Monday, 15 May 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

While India has witnessed a significant increase in health insurance coverage in the decade gone by, it’s enough to ensure quality healthcare to the needy. Nor do drug price controls suffice. Quality and outcomes matter The country has witnessed a significant increase in health insurance coverage across population groups. A recent...

AYUSH and the challenges ahead

Monday, 17 Apr 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

While the Government attempts a shift on the perspective of alternative medicines and treatment, it would help to direct resources on scientific research and cross-field learning which make evidence more conclusive One of the major shifts in health policy by the present Government has been its increased focus on the integration...

Evolving needs of healthcare

Monday, 03 Apr 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

As a Brookings study indicates, catastrophic health expenses are on a rise in India. Mere price control and increased coverage ideas will not help overcome challenges. Quality, outcomes and reliability must be central to our efforts The country has witnessed a significant increase in health insurance coverage across population groups. A...

Old diseases in a brave new world

Monday, 20 Mar 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Given the challenges of new strains in diseases that are drug-resistant, the need for Governments across the world including in India, and the pharmaceutical industry, to work towards the next generation of antibiotics, will be critical The re-emergence of diseases presents a major public health challenge over the next decade. Tuberculosis,...

Healthy diet with a pinch of salt

Monday, 06 Mar 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

The emerging need to manage diet, and more specifically sugars, salt and processed foods, is a challenge in India. Sources like these remain hidden and we must be aware and informed prior to making our dietary choices A recent study by the George Institute for Global Health has made some startling...

New challenge to mental health

Monday, 20 Feb 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Many psychologists have been reporting patients (of stress) who are either working in the tech start-up industry or have been laid off. Most of these employees do not have adequate avenues to seek professional guidance India is the new technology boomtown. Today, it has more than 4,200 technology and digital start-ups...

Air pollution: New silent killer

Monday, 23 Jan 2017 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

Per capita welfare costs from illness and restricted activity days due to outdoor air pollution for India is projected to be $400 by 2060. By the end of the day today, over 500 lives worldwide would be lost to air pollution India holds the unenviable distinction of having half of the...

The fundamentals of healthcare

Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 | Karan Thakur | in Oped

There is a proposal to include healthcare in fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution. The Government would first need to define ‘health' and ‘health services' that would eventually be part of the Rights mandate The Union Government is embarking on an ambitious plan to revamp the health sector, with staged...


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