Explore a new career in Health Care Management!

Posted on July 24, 2010

By Manali Misra:

Healthcare is one of the most dynamic industry with ample of opportunities. It is the fastest growing and most potential sector in India. Studies reveal that Indian Health Care industry witnessed 30% growth in 2008-2009 with an account of 1.3 million jobs, the largest increase in any industry. Today, India is famous across the globe for providing world-class health care by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Apollo Hospitals.

Quality healthcare is imperative for any nation. The health care industry requires skilled people who would be good at technology as well as medical sciences.

Currently, around 100,000 people occupy various positions at different levels in the health care management. With growing diversity in the healthcare system, executives are needed in many settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Consulting firms
  • Health insurance organizations
  • Healthcare associations
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician practices
  • Mental health organizations
  • Public health departments
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Universities and research institutions

Healthcare major, Fortis Hospitals plans to invest US$ 55 million, to expand its facilities all over India. The boost in the industry is conspicuous by the establishment of big hospitals and the venture of many corporate houses. Employment is expected to grow faster than average in this sector. There are many institutes in India which offer Health Care Management courses. The top five are:

  • The Institute of Health Management (IHMR)— Jaipur
  • TATA Institute of Social Sciences TISS — Mumbai
  • All India Institute of Medical Research AIIMS — Delhi
  • DMS — Indore
  • Madurai Kamraj University- Madurai

Once you are in the field there are various posts available for you. The health care executives or healthcare administrators who plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare. Then there are Clinical managers who have training or experience in a specific clinical area. Health information managers are responsible for the security and maintenance of all patient records while the Nursing home administrators manage finances, facility operations, and admissions.

“India has the potential to significantly improve healthcare in the next 25 to 30 years provided it steps up capacity for generating and translating scientific and technological advancements into medical innovations,” says M.K. Bhan, Secretary in the Department of Biotechnology.

India has huge potential for the healthcare sector. It has the relevant skill-sets with adequate human resources to become the preferred healthcare player in emerging countries across the globe.

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