Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 17

Aster DM Healthcare and Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Receive Harvard Business Council Awards

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aster DM Healthcare Limited, one of the largest private global healthcare service providers with 365 total healthcare facilities worldwide and plans underway for a quaternary hospital in the Cayman Islands, is honoured to receive prestigious diamond awards at the Harvard Business Council International Awards 2021:

Diamond level Organizational Award for outstanding contribution to the healthcare sector through sustained business operations and outstanding efforts at battling Covid-19 to meet the healthcare needs of society across seven countries in Middle East and India.

Diamond level International Executives’ Awardto Alisha Moopen, deputy managing director, Aster DM Healthcare, for her efforts in actively supporting advancements, encouraging innovations and steering the organization’s success.

Dr. Azad Moopen, founder chairman and managing director, Aster DM Healthcare says, “Over the last 34 years, we have always strived to make world-class healthcare services available to patients through our facilities. This is made possible by maintaining a constant connect with the pulse of our patients and their needs and introducing services and innovative solutions to address those needs, especially the battle against Covid-19.”

Alisha Moopen adds,“This recognition also goes to 21,000 Asterians who have served 15.5 million patients globally last year, including 28,000 Covid-19 positive patients and screened over 1,662,726 people across seven countries in the Middle East and India.”

About Aster DM Healthcare

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and an emerging healthcare player in India. Emphasizing clinical excellence, Aster maintains a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through 27 hospitals, 115 clinics and 223+ pharmacies in seven countries, including India.


Certain statements in this document that are not historical facts are forward looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties like government actions, local, political or economic developments, technological risks, and many other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. Aster DM Healthcare will not be in any way responsible for any action taken based on such statements and undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.


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Innovation on hold during the pandemic? FDA says no with 29 approvals in first half of 2021

By Kevin Dunleavy, Eric Sagonowsky, Noah Higgins-Dunn, Fraiser Kansteiner, Angus Liu—Many pursuits have been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. But biopharmaceutical innovation isn’t one of them

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UnitedHealth report details increasing health disparaties pre-pandemic

By Paige Minemyer—COVID-19 put a national spotlight on health disparaties, and, now, experts are aiming to outline key areas where that interest can be put into action.

The Univted Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the UnitedHealth Group, released its America’s Health Rankings Health Disparaties Report last week, and the healthcare giant found a number of disparaties worsened in the 2017 to 2019 time frame. 

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Do We Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps A Day for Our Health?

By Gretchen Reynolds—Fitness tracking devices often recommend we take 10,000 steps a day. But the goal of taking 10,000 steps, which many of us believe is rooted in science, in fact rests on coincidence and sticky history rather than research.

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Language Barriers Keep 25 million in U.S. From Good Health Care

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter—Due to language barriers, 25 million Spanish speakers receive about a third less health care than other Americans, a large study of U.S. adults shows.

The analysis of federal survey data from more than 120,000 adults revealed that total use of health care (as measured by spending) was 35% to 42% lower among those whose primary language is Spanish compared to English speakers.

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33 Million Persons of All Ages Uninsured in 2019

By HealthDay News—In 2019, 33.0 million (10.2 percent) persons of all ages were uninsured, according to a study published online June 29 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Robin A. Cohen, Ph.D. from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland., and colleagues used data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey to estimate health insurance coverage overall and by selected sociodemographic characteristics.

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By Stanley Black & Decker—BLACK+DECKER™ today announced the lauch of BLACK+DECKER health—a new product category within the BLACK+DECKER™ that will be dedicated to providing health and wellness solutions direct-to-consumers. As part of this announcement, the company has introduced goVia™, a new product line of emergency response systems (PERS) designed to promote confident mobility for active older Americans.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine Marks 1 Million Telemedicine Visits During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Sheree-Monet Wisdom— Over the past 16 months, Johns Hopkins Medicine has conducted more than 1 million telemedicine visits for patients across the nation. This is a significant milestone, considering how quickly health care systems had to scale remote services to maintain vital connections to patients.

Although telemedicine has been an established care option for some time, prior to the pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine was conducting approximately 100 telemedicine visits per month at its six hospitals in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Florida and at more than 40 community physician locations. By April 2020, the number of telemedicine appointments exceeded more than 90,000 — accounting for more than half of all outpatient care at Johns Hopkins Medicine at the time.

Telemedicine care not only aided in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by enabling virtual access to essential care for patients; it also accommodated patients who did not want to travel for care for fear of exposure risk. Additionally, telemedicine gave medical providers insight into their patients’ home environments, which assisted in building stronger patient to provider relationships. Telemedicine’s audio-only option provided essential care to underserved communities. Audio only is a vital option for disadvantaged, low-income and elderly people who have limited access to broadband internet services and cell phone data plans.  

“This historical milestone marks a defining moment for telemedicine services at Johns Hopkins Medicine and for health care as a whole,” says Brian Hasselfeld, M.D., medical director, Digital Health and Telemedicine for the Office of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “The pandemic has made us acknowledge the importance of creating flexible and innovative alternatives to traditional care models and has helped us continue to explore the future of patient care.”

While Johns Hopkins Medicine plans to continue to leverage the benefits of technology-enabled care, “we recognize that the most challenging work lies ahead, as we strive to promote policies that will result in more equitable telemedicine delivery to our patients,” adds Helen Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., assistant medical director for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Office of Telemedicine and medical director of Pediatric Telemedicine for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Hasselfeld and Hughes are available for interview upon request.

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