National Consultation on Standardisation, Quality Improvement and Accreditation for Ayurveda Hospitals

National Consultation on Standardisation, Quality Improvement and Accreditation for Ayurveda Hospitals

The Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, Kochi
May 27, 2011

The event was first of its kind national consultation workshop for the Ayurveda industry on issues of standardisation of healthcare delivery, quality improvement initiatives and accreditation for Ayurveda hospitals and ambulatory care facilities.

It was organised by Isos Consultancy Services in collaboration with the two leading professional organisations representing the Ayurveda sector in Kerala; Ayurveda Hospital Management Association (AHMA) and Private Ayurveda Medical Practitioners Association (PAMPA) in close coordination with QCI/NABH.

The work shop was well attended with representation from over 90 delegates from 35 hospitals across Kerala and bordering areas of Tamilnadu.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr P.M.Varier, Trustee, Kottackal Arya Vaidya Sala and the inaugural session was chaired by Dr N.P.P.Namboothiri, Managing Director, Sreedhareeyam Ayurveda Eye Hospital & Research Centre and felicitation address by Fr Walter Thelapally, CMI, Director, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences. The session also had the presence of Ashtavaidyan E.T. Parameshwaran Mooss, Chief Physician, Vaidyarathnam Group, and one of the exponents of the rich Ashta Vaidya tradition of Kerala.

The key note address of the workshop was delivered by Dr Giridhar Gyani, Secretary General, Quality Council of India, & CEO, NABH. It was followed by the official handover of the NABH Accreditation certificate to Amala Ayurveda Hospitals, the second Ayurveda hospital in Kerala to achieve the milestone.

The first Scientific Session was on Standardization & QI in Ayurveda Healthcare Orgainsaitions and had two speakers Dr D Induchoodan, Sr. Manager, The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Ltd, who spoke on  Quality Assurance, Standardization & Accreditation and Ayurvedic Hospitals & Wellness Centers & AHMA Initiatives and Ranjith R Menon, Director & Senior Consultant, Isos Consultancy Services, who spoke on Macro-environmental Factors Driving Need for Quality Assurance in Ayurveda Sector – Medical / Health Travel, Government & Insurance.

The second scientific session was on QCI / NABH Accreditations for Ayurveda Sector where Dr Bhawna Gulati, Asst. Director, NABH, spoke on Overview of the NABH / QCI Programmes, Dr Niranjana Murthy, Principal Assessor, NABH, provided an Overview of the Preparation & Assessment Process and Dr Sreeraj Kunnasseri, Raja Ayurveda Hospital, Koottanad (the first NABH accredited Ayurveda hospital in Kerala) shared the experiences of an accredited hospital.

The workshop concluded with a Leadership Roundtable / Panel discussion with the theme “Quality Improvement & Standardisation as Growth Drivers: The Way Forward”. The session was chaired by Padmasree Dr P.R Krishnakumar, Managing Director, The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Group. The other panelists were Dr A.M. Anwar, Managing Director, Punarnava; Dr Anil Kaimal, Vaidyarathnam Group; Mr Gopalakrishnan, CEO, Vasudeva Vilasam Group; Dr Pathrose Parathuvayalil, Managing Director, Parathuvayalil Ayurveda Hospital; Dr Vinodkrishnan, Secretary, PAMPA; and Dr Sudhir Varier, Kottackal Arya Vaidyasala. The panel proposed that the Ayurveda industry and its associations must work closely with NABH and QCI in taking forward the quality movement in Ayurveda. They also proposed discussions may be initiated with Department of AYUSH to support NABH implementation through grants and also propose that teaching hospitals may be encouraged to undergo accreditation so that the new generation of Ayurveda physicians is trained with a quality focus.