As awareness about healthcare and medication are increasing across the world with the rapid advancements in the field of science and technology, there has been an increasing concern about patient safety too. The 2nd International Conference on Patient Safety Access to Quality Healthcare to promote safety and quality of medicines in the supply chain by all the participants will be held on November 6 to 8, 2014 in Hardwar.
The 2nd International Conference on Patient Safety is being organized after the success of the 1st International Workshop on “Patient Safety and Drug Detection Technology,” which took place in 2012 in Delhi. The current edition is being organized in partnership with Safe Medicines (PSM) India initiative and AIWC and IPF. The International Conference would take place in Haridwar, India from 6 to 8 November 2014.
The three-day conference would be the platform where the biggest minds from the healthcare sector come together to discuss and debate over the means in which quality healthcare needs to be made accessible to everyone.
The last health care policy in India was formulated over a decade ago and dates back to 2002. The country is in the dire need for a comprehensive health care policy, which would efficiently address the complex healthcare challenges, keeping in view the developments in the healthcare sector and the changing demographics.
India needs a holistic healthcare system that is universally accessible, affordable and effective that drastically reduces the out of pocket spending (OPP) on health care without compromising on patient safety and quality of medicines.
This being the primary concern of the 2nd International Conference on Patient Safety Access to Quality Healthcare, the event has been receiving active support from the Governmental institutions like Department of Consumer Affairs in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution along with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Pharmaceuticals in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers, Ministry of Commerce and other affiliate bodies like National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) and Central Drug Standards and Control Organisation (CDSCO).
The conference would seek to take the mission of quality healthcare forward to ensure that the universal health coverage for the poor and vulnerable patients in India and those suffering across the globe, due to lack of access, safety and quality.
India is a nation, which is fully committed to building a strong quality-driven initiative in the field of pharmaceuticals that matches the global standards. While there would lay ample focus on developing quality health care, equal emphasis would also be laid on improving access to quality healthcare in developing economies and learning from experts from developed economies.
Scope of the Conference: The objectives are to:
• Initiate discussion on the New Health Policy for India and the “National Health Assurance Mission.” This would be done along with a clear mandate to provide universal healthcare that is not only accessible and affordable, but also effective, safe and of high quality for the patients.
• The conference would also seek to share information on the existing regulatory mechanisms and adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting system/Pharmacovigilance. This would be done to ensure safety and quality of medicines in the healthcare delivery.
• Experts would seek to prepare an action plan on patient awareness and education on safe and quality medicines made available globally with stress on accessibility to quality healthcare in India and other developing and least developed economies.
• There would also be efforts to finalise an action plan on methods to tackle the menace of Substandard, Spurious, Falsely-labelled, Falsified, Counterfeit (SSFFC), medical products found in the supply chain in India and globally.