Friday, 15 April 2016

Guest Lecture On Leadership Skills by Dr Sanjiv Kumar, Executive Director NHSRC, New Delhi

This session was held on 14th April 2016 by Dr Sanjiv Kumar , Executive Director NHSRC. Sir conducted the session in two parts. During the first half of his session, Sir gave the students a brief introduction of the NHSRC which was established in 2006 with an objective of providing technical support to NRHM and NUHM. He also briefly described the three departments of   Ministry Of Health which is headed by Health Secretary. NHSRC helps to develop standards and specification for all the equipment in the healthcare industry. It has till date developed 180 standards and specification. It is also a WHO collaborating centre.
Dr Sanjiv Kumar stated that 65million of the Indian population has been categorized as below poverty line due to healthcare expenditure.

He also touched upon the various divisions of NHSRC and the functioning of each division. NHSRC encourages the states to be innovative while making and implementing their healthcare goals and focuses on quality improvement. Dr Sanjiv Kumar raised the following concerns:
·         Are the upcoming technological innovations right?
·         Will these innovations help to cater to the general public?
With this Sir ended the first half of his session.
During the second half of the session, Dr Sanjiv Kumar emphasized on Leadership in Public Health.
Sir shared with the audience 3 concepts of life which he learnt out of experience
    1)      Don’t look for money as the first preference
    2)      The most important person in healthcare is the individual himself
    3)      Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing of all and at all ages
Sir shared with the audience the statistical representation by the WHO  of the diseases that are the main cause of death among the Indians and discussed the Sustainable Development Goals
He explained the various models of leadership like the Leadership Model by Jim Collins and the Circle Model, which helped everyone understand the various skills required to be a good leader. Sir elaborated the importance of various leadership skills including listening, advocacy, networking, and emotional competencies but most importantly he shared tips on how one must deal with difficult people at work.

Sir shared with the audience his personal experiences which in turn made the talk very interesting. All in all it was a very insightful lecture. At the end of the session, Sir answered various questions raised by the audience.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


On 5th April 2016, the students of MBA – HHM 2015-17 Batch had the privilege of listening to one of the most successful healthcare entrepreneurs in India. Mr. Vikram Vora, CEO, mydentist which is India’s largest chain of dental clinics. Mr. Vora was accompanied by two of his team members, Mr. Saransh, Head of Operations and Dr. Anisha Mehta, who is an alumnus of SIHS.
The session started off with Mr. Vora addressing the most common argument in the healthcare industry- ‘Healthcare can or cannot be treated as a business.’ He said that the general public notion holds the business aspect in healthcare responsible for infringing upon the noble purpose of solely serving the mankind. He opposed this perception and affirmed that he did look at healthcare as a business. Healthcare can create value and earn profits and these profits are necessary for the sustenance of any healthcare organization.
Mr. Vora then walked everyone through his journey from the inception of the idea of mydentist to its success. He started off as a sales representative for dental materials. During those 6 years, while sitting in the waiting area alongside the patients, he observed various issues that they faced while gaining access to affordable dental care. He analyzed various problem areas like Patients’ assumptions that the dentists overcharge them , the patients being reluctant to pay for treatment costs hence avoiding regular checkups, the practitioners not treating the patients as customers resulting in inability to generate profits. Keeping in mind these points, Mr. Vora started the mydentist chain of dental clinics wherein their USP is Free first consultation and x-ray. This he emphasizes is their Customer acquisition tactics. He discussed that one must recognize the customer acquisition barriers and work to remove them. The funds involved in the same would be treated as ‘Customer acquisition cost’. Even if one in ten walk-in patients gets converted into a regular patient then we can say that the customer acquisition cost has been recovered.
He discussed the major drivers for any business and the reasons for people not willing to take up entrepreneurship. First being the fear of failure, second being the shortage of financial resources to startup a new venture, third being the problems of regulatory affairs and last but not the least being the fear arising from lack of experience.
Mr. Vora concluded by saying that, “In any business, big or small, the management of growth is the most important concern and should be handled efficiently.”