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    28 Mar 2014
    IHP presents research findings at the Pre Congress Sessions of the College of Medical Administrators
    The IHP team led by Senior Fellow Dr. Shanti Dalpatadu presented the findings of a study titled “Medical Administrators Contribution to Public Sector Hospital Performance” at the Pre Congress sessions of the College Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka held at the National Blood Bank Auditorium on 28 March 2014. Dr. Dalpatadu describing the background of the study noted that assessing the performance of secondary and tertiary level public hospitals and understanding the motivations and challenges faced by hospital directors and how these may influence hospital performance,as the main objectives of the study.

    Dr. Prasadini Perera, Research Associate presented the findings related to the performance of these public sector hospitals in the country. Performance was assessed using government data sources and official publications as well as a number of IHP resources. Performance of public hospitals has shown improvement over the years as assessed through a number of internationally accepted efficiency and quality indicators. Average length of stay, a measure of hospital efficiency, has decreased over the years with rates similar to that of OECD countries. Bed occupancy, a measure of utilization of available bed capacity, at present has reached more optimal levels of 80-85%, particularly among tertiary hospitals that previously had higher levels of occupancy. Productivity improvements as measured through decreasing unit cost per inpatient visit were observed during most of the time period in which these efficiency gains were being achieved. Within the limited quality of care indicators assessed, there was no evidence that these gains were achieved at the expense of quality. Nevertheless, very high admission rates were identified as a concern and a potential area that if addressed can further improve the performance of public hospitals.

    IHP Research Officer Ruwani Wickremasinghe presented the findings on the perspectives on the motivations and challenges of hospital directors. This segment of the study was based primarily on a telephone survey with hospital directors. There was an overwhelming agreement as to the usefulness of clinical knowledge obtained through the basic medical degree and management and administrative training obtained through postgraduate degree in medical administration for these directors. Provision of clear guidelines on duties and responsibilities were also regarded as an important to carry out their duties by a majority of the interviewees. In addition challenging work environment, clear career pathway and sense of moral duty toward public were seen as the other motivational factors. Political influence and trade union activities were seen as the challenges by many.

    7 Mar 2014
    Asia Regional Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening and Sustainable Financing held in Bangkok
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank Institute (WBI), and the Asia Network on Capacity Building for Health System Strengthening (ANHSS), jointly sponsored “Asia Regional Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening and Sustainable Financing - The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage” was held at the USAID Asia Regional Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand from 3 to 7 March 2014. The course was attended by 70 participants from the Asia Pacific and South Asia regions. The course was organized by the ANHSS and IHP on behalf of the USAID.The course was organized by the ANHSS and IHP on behalf of the USAID. Director, IHP Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya conducted two lectures titled “Choices under the financial control knob as part of moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – implications for financial protection and risk pooling” and “Benefit packages – Choosing which services to cover and provide, and implications for U.C” during the course. IHP Research Associate Dr. Prasadini Perera also particiapted. flagshipcourse.jpg

    29 Jan 2014
    Dr. Rannan-Eliya receives President’s Award for Scientific Publication
    Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya, Director/ Fellow IHP, was awarded the President’s Award for Scientific Publication at a ceremony held at the Water’s Edge Hotel Battaramulla on 17 January 2014. This event was organized by the National Research Council, and was presided over by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy.

    This award was conferred on Dr. Rannan-Eliya in recognition of peer reviewed scientific research published in the year 2009 in International Scientific Journals cited in the Science Citation Index. His paper, titled “Public Views of Health System Issues in Four Asian Countries” published in the journal Health Affairs, and a product of the Equitap research collaboration that IHP leads, was noted in the award.

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