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The 5 Ps Of Universal Healthcare Access : Kapil Khandelwal, EquNev Capital,


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The 5 Ps Of Universal Healthcare Access : Kapil Khandelwal, EquNev Capital,

  1. 1. China has joined the glob- al race to build the world’s fastest supercom- puter in 2020. “China is preparing to work on a supercomputer with a capacity of 100 petaflops by 2015 and try to produce the first exas- cale computer in 2020,” the China Daily quoted the Tianhe-1A supercom- puter’s Deputy Chief Designer, Hu Qingfeng, as saying. “We have kicked off the research of some core technologies and man- power cultivation for the plan,” he added. Chinese scientists are attempting to produce Exascale computing, which means generating computing beyond the current petascale. If achieved, it will repre- sent a thousandfold increase on that scale. —IANS IInn bbrriieeff HTC TO STICK WITH GOOGLE’S ANDROID TTaaiippeeii:: HTC will stick with Google's mobile software despite the software giant's planned acquisition of com- petitor Motorola Mobility, its chief executive said PS3 PRICES TO DROP BY 15 PER CENT MMuummbbaaii:: Sony PlayStation India has announced a drop in the prices of PS3 gaming consoles by 15 per cent in India. Earlier the company had announced a price slash in the US, Europe and Japan. NRN gets what you say in 30 seconds and comes out with 7 new ideas in three minutes. –––– GGaanneesshh NNaattaarraajjaamm entrepreneur MTNL SHARING INFRA WITH COS NNeeww DDeellhhii:: State-run Mahanagar Sanchar Nigam Limited is sharing its pas- sive infrastructure, includ- ing mobile towers with Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Aircel in its efforts to boost revenue. CHINA TO BUILD THE FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTER India’s largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) said iON — its integrated informa- tion technology solution for small and medium business (SMB) — targets a revenue of $1 billion in the next five years. iON provides on- demand business solu- tions using cloud comput- ing technology and was launched on Friday. “This is a segment where no one else has focussed on. iON will pro- vide SMBs access to world-class, simple-to-use and scalable technology tools,” said Venguswamy Ramaswamy, global head, iON, TCS. The company also said that it wants to ramp up over 1,000 customers this year. iON has been developed to deliver IT in the third- generation service model to SMBs. Using a pay-per- use business model, iON helps SMBs leverage world-class technology solutions as a key busi- ness differentiator. —IANS TCS ARM TARGETS $1 BILLION REVENUE BY 2015 c m y k c m y k TECHNOMICSQUOTE OF THE DAY PAGE 11 The FTC has backed off investigat- ing Ashton Kucher for failing to dis- close his technology investments . A Twitter account in the name of Anna Hazare had constant updates from Ramlila grounds. NNeeww DDeellhhii,, AAuugg.. 2211:: In welcome relief for mil- lions of mobile sub- scribers from the men- ace of unwanted bulk SMSs, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Friday said the do not disturb (DND) registra- tion number will get operational in six weeks. “In six weeks, it will be imposed,” said Sibal. Last year, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced a set of new measures under the Telecom C o m m e r c i a l C o m m u n i c a t i o n s Customer Preference Regulations 2010 with the objective to provide an effective mechanism for curbing unsolicited commercial communica- tions after realising that its previous attempt to curb unsolicited calls had not really worked. The regulation includes fine of ` 25,000 to ` 250,000 on defaulting firms. Sibal also men- tioned that the govern- ment has also decided to impose “heavy fines” on the telecom marketing companies engaged in sending such unsolicited SMSs under various cat- egories to the people. Under the regulation, the customers can also choose to block all calls or allow messages /calls under seven categories including finance, real- ty, education, health, consumer goods, enter- tainment and tourism. The minister said the new guidelines have been framed keeping the interest of customers and telemarketers in mind — IANS Relief from bulk SMSs in 42 days With HP tablet dead, who can stop Apple? ■ HP's decision to surrender its tablets and PC business underscores how Apple has transformed consumer electronics in just four years NNeeww YYoorrkk,, AAuugg 2211:: The sudden demise of Hewlett-Packard Co’s WebOS TouchPad after just seven weeks on shelves was a reminder of how tech giants have failed so far to take a bite out of Apple Inc’s iPad. The TouchPad joins Dell Streak 5 in the tablet graveyard and weak sales for many offer- ings suggest others are bound to follow. “The non-iPad tablets just won’t sell at retail. That’s the clear message from events over the past few days,” said Mark Gerber, an analyst at Boston research and investment firm Detwiler Fenton. Other tablets that have failed to click with consumers include Asustek Computer Eee Pad Transformer and the Xoom from Motorola Mobility, which Google Inc plans to buy. Research in Motion’s PlayBook received scathing reviews and sales have been slack, but it will probably sur- vive since it is key to RIM’s strategy. “I do not expect RIM to be shutting down PlayBook sales any time soon or abandoning that platform, because RIM views it as its future,” said Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Financial in New York. Apple’s rivals have not fared any better in designing soft- ware for tablets. Apple’s iOS tablet software accounted for 61.3 percent of the tablet market in the second quarter, more than double the 30.1 percent share held by Google’s Android, its nearest competitor. Microsoft held a paltry 4.6 percent share and RIM 3.3 percent, according to Strategy Analytics. But the landscape could soon change. Google’s move this week to buy Motorola Mobility, a hardware manufacturer, has also potentially raised the stakes against Apple as it will give the Internet leader devices to showcase its software -- just as Apple does. All eyes are now on Google’s “Ice Cream Sandwich” system, which will unite the Android software used in tablets and smartphones. That is expected to encourage developers to flock to the platform and create better apps. Microsoft could also pose a threat when it releases its tablet software, code-named Windows 8, but this probably won’t be until the fall of 2012. “The ecosystem built around Microsoft is the largest com- puting ecosystem out there, so this makes it the company most likely to get significant traction in the tablet market- place,” said BGC’s Gillis. Microsoft has said the soft- ware will run on a range of devices from traditional PCs to laptops and tablets, and incor- porate mouse and keyboard commands., the maker of the popular Kindle e-reader, is also expected to announce plans to release a tablet this fall, providing a challenge to Apple. The Amazon offering could be a “game-changer,” Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Robert Baird & Co, said in a recent note. The tablet will likely feature Android’s Honeycomb OS sys- tem, a 7-inch screen and priced under $300, he said. Sebastian forecast sales of up to 3 million units in the first year and said they would even- tually outsell other Android- enabled tablets from Motorola and Acer, and could potentially surpass Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Amazon’s as-yet unnamed tablet poses a significant threat to Apple because of the Kindle’s popularity and the movie and music services the company sells. Analysts also expect Amazon to subsidize the tablet’s price, which could also boost sales. “Amazon is widely viewed as a wild card. It has the potential to be disruptive,” said NPD analyst Ross Rubin. The crowded market has not discouraged Sony Corp either. The consumer electronics giant is going full steam ahead with plans to release its first two tablets in the fall. “We’re going to see many competitors come and go,” a Sony spokeswoman said. “We’re going to bring the best of all of the assets at our dis- posal to bear: hardware, con- tent and network services.” —Reuters RIM to launch music service soon NNeeww YYoorrkk,, AAuugg 2211:: BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is close to rolling out its own music streaming service that will work across its mobile devices, according to four people familiar with the plans. The new service is likely part of an attempt by RIM to improve its BlackBerry Messenger service as it competes with the mobile media platform strengths of rival Apple Inc and Google Inc's Android. RIM is in late-stage negotiations with major labels, including Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, Sony Corp's Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI Group. RIM has been enhanc- ing its BlackBerry Messenger since announcing its "social platform" at last September's DevCon event where it unveiled the PlayBook tablet computer. — Reuters LLoonnddoonn,, AAuugg 2211:: For all of the palace intrigue recent- ly about who in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation kingdom knew what about phone hacking when, one funda- mental question about the scandal has gone mostly unanswered: The answer is, more than you might think. As Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate who f o u n d e d, dis- covered recently, some- one armed with just a bit of personal information about a target can also gain access to the auto- mated phone systems for Bank of America and Chase credit card holders. Once those systems recognise the phone num- ber of the incoming call and those bits of personal information, they offer up the latest on the cardhold- er’s debts, late payments and credit limits. Bank of America’s computer will even read off a list of dozens of recent charges, including names of doc- tors and other businesses the cardholder might have patronised. There are additional steps that the mobile phone compa- nies and the card issuers could take to stop this sort of thing from ever happen- ing. The fact that many of them don’t, however, makes this your problem to solve. These sorts of breaches wouldn’t happen without spoofing, and surprisingly enough, it’s an activity that turns out to be per- fectly legal, up to a point. Late last year, President Obama signed the Truth in Caller ID Act, which prohibits knowingly using spoofing services to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain any- thing of value. The fine is up to $10,000 for a single incident. The new law, however, is not much of a disincen- tive for people already engaged in illegal activity. After all, for years, even before commercial ser- vices were available, hacker thieves were manipulating caller ID information to convince consumers that a bank was phoning. — NYT PHONE HACKING Your voice mail may not be secure at all M y talk at the All I n d i a M a n a g e m e n t Association, AIMA- Healthex Conference, held in the city, discussed on the framework and key issues for enhancing access to healthcare in India and the opportuni- ties and challenges for universal access to healthcare in the country. There have been many prescriptions, policy drafts, white papers float- ing around on what India needs to do to provide quality healthcare to its population. I discussed on a simplified framework of focusing on the 5 Ps — pattern of diseases, para- meters, people, payments (including public-private partnerships, PPPs and profits) and policies. The pattern of diseases in India is cutting across urban-rural divide. Gone are the days when infec- tious and communicable diseases were largely rural. We are witnessing TB and malaria in urban India afflicting the rich and on the other hand dia- betics and hypertension in the rural poor. This dichotomy needs creating delivery models of healthcare that are ‘universal’ and not urban or rural centric. The second issue is that given the ‘genetic’ make up of India, we need to really understand the health risks that can afflict India — to plan for access to healthcare infra- structure we need to cre- ate and support. When we compare the parameters that indicate how well our welfare state is providing access to healthcare with China, a country that is as populat- ed and has complex issues of managing and provid- ing healthcare, India stands a distance second behind China on all the parameters. If we analyse the invest- ments in healthcare in India, it will reveal scam of sorts! Hence, it will be better for policy makers to draw a dividing line between what is ‘public’ and what is ‘private’ domain in provision for healthcare. Schemes can then be drawn out to enable the access to ‘pub- lic’ infrastructure and enable ‘private’ delivery. The key issue here is not just increasing the supply of doctors and nurses. We also require architects to conceptualise and design hospital and bio medical technicians to repair and increase the life span of the bio medical equip- ment used or disused in the hospitals. We have struggled to shy away from maintain- ing profits from health- care as a private enter- prise. Hence even PPP schemes and other initia- tives including universal health insurance seems to get flawed when imple- mented. Attracting investments (payments) in healthcare is to ensuring universal access to healthcare and profit has to be one of the key motives that drive it! Finally, on the last P- Policy. Our health deliv- ery policies are fragment- ed and there is a yawning gap between the intent and the implementation. Strengthening this would mean taking a bold step forward. Let me now discuss the potential solutions. Singapore’s approach in bringing healthcare to the doorstep of every citizen is clearly exemplary and well planned initiative that we can learn from. The strategies are to inte- grate the healthcare con- tinuum, from prevention to terminal disease man- agement, with linkages across the healthcare value chain from drug discovery to health insur- ance. We also need to enable integration between healthcare and advanced biomedical sciences. We need a super-ministry integrating union min- istry of HRD, health, sci- ence and technology, tele- com and the state govern- ment department to demonstrate what Singapore could deliver in the shortest possible time not only to their nation but also to the world! A Dose of IT Kapil Khandelwal Integration is a modern necessity Kapil Khandelwal is Director, EquNev Capital, a niche investments banking and advisory services firm and an independent advisory board member with leading DND registration number will be operational in six weeks time. TTuummbbiirraa,, AAuugg 2211:: The Internet is letting a school sprout in the Amazon where teachers tend not to linger due to harsh living conditions and a scarcity of stu- dents. Teachers in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, conduct lessons streamed to stu- dents in the village of Tumbira using an Internet connection made possible with a g e n e r a t o r - p o w e r e d radio signal. If not for "distance learning," children from far-flung Amazon river commu- nities would forgo school or endure ardu- ous boat trips to places with traditional schools. — AFP LESSONS STREAMED ON THE INTERNET AAss PPCC wwaanneess,, HHPP sseett ffoorr aann eexxiitt ssttrraatteeggyy Although the world is depen- dent on personal computers, making them has not been a great business for most American companies for almost a decade. The announcement by Hewlett-Packard that it was considering offloading its PC business, was a clear sign of the difficulties. If HP goes through with the idea, it would follow IBM, an early PC maker, which was one of the first to recognise the long-term problems and, in 2005, sold its business to Lenovo. Other PC makers like Compaq (acquired by HP), Gateway and Packard Bell were absorbed by others or just faded away. HHPP ssiinnkkss aass iinnvveessttoorrss fflleeee bbuussiinneessss rreevvaammpp Shares of Hewlett-Packard slumped by more than 20 per- cent to a six-year low on Friday as investors wiped about $16 billion off the mar- ket value of the world's biggest PC maker in a resounding rejection of its plan for a major shake-up. Investors also appeared to lose confidence in Chief Executive Leo Apotheker after a flurry of HP announcements on Thursday including an $11.7 billion acquisition offer, a shut- tering of its mobile efforts and the potential spin-off its PC business. "They're doing too many things at the same time," said Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. HHPP mmaayy bbuuyy ssooffttwwaarree ccoommppaannyy ffoorr $$1100 bbnn Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) is in talks to buy British software compa- ny Autonomy for about $10 bil- lion, a media report said. HP — based in Palo Alto, California — is expected to announce the plans soon, Xinhua reported. Currently listed on the London Stock Exchange, Autonomy is Britain's second-largest soft- ware maker and has joint head- quarters in Cambridge and San Francisco. Microsoft and Oracle were also reportedly bidding on Autonomy. Todd Bradley, HP’s Executive Vice President Personal Systems Group, right, showcase HP and Palm tablets, earlier this year. MONDAY 22 | AUGUST 2011 NEW DELHI