SGCC for New Age Models in Surgical Care Released
Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) released a Self-Guiding Code of Conduct (SGCC) for New Age Models in Surgical Care on October 13, 2022, in the presence of Dr. K Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health), NITI Aayog. The SGCC aims to ensure complete transparency, offer access to cutting-edge technology for surgeries, postsurgical care, last-mile connectivity, and create a comprehensive patient-centric ecosystem. Its key components include responsible communication, care coordinators for safe and effective care, relationship with healthcare professionals and partner hospitals, insurance and billings, and customer grievances. All members need to voluntarily commit to the above-mentioned elements.

Formally releasing the SGCC Dr. K Madan Gopal said, "Establishing the Code of Conduct for leading healthcare companies will ensure that access to quality healthcare reaches every patient. The Code of Conduct is backed by strong tech support and I am hopeful that the new age models can transform clinical interventions to make India’s healthcare more inclusive."

(L-R) Syed Quasim Ali, Associate Director - Public Policy, Practo Technologies; Nilotpal Chakravarti, Head Public Policy, Pristyn Care; Dr. Varun Gupta, SVP, Pristyn Care; Col. Abhishek Dhasmana (Retd), Associate Vice President, IAMAI, Dr. K Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health), NITI Aayog; Dr Alexander Kuruvilla, Co-chair, IAMAI Health Tech Committee & Chief Healthcare Strategy Officer, Practo Technologies, and Dr Vaibhav Kapoor, Chair, IAMAI Sub Committee on New-Age Model in Surgical Care, and Co-Founder, Pristyn Care, releasing the Self-Guiding Code of Conduct for New Age Models in Surgical Care
Submission on Chandigarh Bike Taxi/Contract Carriage Regulations
IAMAI made a submission to Shri Nitin Yadav, Secretary, Transport, of the Union Territory of Chandigarh in light of recent developments regarding the regulation of Bike Taxis/Contract Carriages in Chandigarh. In its submission, IAMAI highlighted the pivotal role played by two-wheeler modes of delivery in enabling and sustaining commerce in Chandigarh. A change in regulations pertaining to the same can therefore have a cascading impact on a number of allied industries and in turn Chandigarh’s economy. Further, low entry barriers in the motorcycle delivery market provide an avenue for temporary/informal income generation to thousands of workers in the UT of Chandigarh and any regulatory standards can deter individuals from entering the sector. IAMAI recommended that the government continue its position of allowing a white-plate-based regime for two-wheeler-vehicle-based deliveries and allow passenger transport as it would provide income-generating opportunities for the residents of Chandigarh and facilitate greater access to e-commerce marketplaces. IAMAI also requested that going forward, the government consult all stakeholders before moving on a path to regulate the delivery sector.