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 On the concluding day of the 15th annual conference of International Society for heart research-Indian section   the highlight was the young investigator award session followed by key note address by Dr Elizabeth Murphy whose talked on role of calcium in cardiac myocyte in cardiovascular diseases.

 shared their experience with didactic talks.

 A special session on Indian System of Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases with benefits of yoga were discussed. Dr Katoch and Dhiman Director Ayush talked about health benefits of routine plants and food in our daily life and Yoga  for prevention of Cadriovascular problems.

 Interesting cases in cardiac pathology and cardiology were discussed with problems in clinical diagnosis.The last session of the day was held on newer aspects of Cardiovascular Diseases where speakers focused on potential methods of detecting the correlation between biological substances and cardiovascular disease and drug discovery.

 The meeting ended on high note with thanks to the president and secretary ISHR-world and award ceremony for the young scientists. Prof KK Talwar, ISHR-Indian section president and Dr Uma Nahar organizing secretary thanked everyone.

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PGI starts Fellowship Program on Health Technology Assessment

 The School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh is organizing the7th International Fellowship on Health Technology Assessment (HTA)from February 19th-23rd, 2018 in collaboration with Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India;World Health Organization; National Health Systems Resource Centre; Centre for Health Economics, University of York, United Kingdom andImperial College, London. This event will be followed by the 2nd National Conference on Health Technology Assessment to be held at PGIMER Chandigarh on February 24th-25th, 2018.Shri Kumar Abhay, Financial Advisor at PGI,in his inaugural address summarized the present dilemmas and bottlenecks faced on the policy-making and implementation front afflicting the health sector. He also highlighted the issues related to accessibility, affordability, disparity in terms of gender, geographic access and reliance on out of pocket expenditures were deliberated.

  Dr. Shankar Prinja, Additional Professor of Health Economics at School of Public Health, PGI highlighted that the purpose of this workshop isbeing done to build capacity of program managers, academicians and researchers on how to evaluate the health care interventions and programs from an economic perspective.This is being done under the auspices of Government of India’s recently created Health Technology Assessment Board. Prof. Karl Claxtonwho is a globally renowned health economist from Centre for Health Economics, University of York in United Kingdom is also teaching in the workshop.A total of thirty senior researchers and academicians from leading organizations such as Indian Council of Medical Research and its associated organizations like National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai and National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai; National Health Systems Resource Centre, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Public Health, Shillong and Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur are part of this workshop.

  HTA is a multidisciplinary field that systematically examines various aspects such as the safety, clinical efficacy and effectiveness, cost, cost-effectiveness, organizational implications, social and ethical considerations of the application of a health intervention and technology – usually a clinical health intervention, drug, medical device or public health program. Its application may assist government in better allocation for resources ensuring better equity and access. It can further reduce or eliminate the unsafe and ineffective interventions which may also otherwise cost high.

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Third Collaborative workshop on designing patient centric information systems in resource constrained settings

 A three day workshop on- ‘Designing patient centric information systems in resource constrained settings’ is being organized jointly by School of Public Health, PGIMER, University of Oslo and Centre for Connected Care, Norway, from 19 – 21, February 2018.

 Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Dean PGIMER welcomed the participants representing the academia, health system, information technology  professionals, civil society members and grass roots level health workers to this unique platform where views and experiences on designing health information systems for low resource settings shall be shared.

 “Many challenges exist in developing patient centric information systems and such workshops are important for their improvement and addressing the concerns regarding data safety” said Dr. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER in his inaugural speech. Presentations and discussions went on throughout the day which offered intense review of the systems in use in the country and the challenges involved.