Pierantonio Russo

Professor Pierantonio Russo is Medical Director, Independence Blue Cross, a leading health insurance company operating in the Philadelphia region. He is a visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business and the Wharton School of Business and teaches healthcare management courses. He is also Director, Gift of Life International, a not for profi t organisation, Pennsylvania, which seeks to build cardiac surgery and paediatric cardiac surgery programmes in emerging countries, including India. It offers technical, fi nancial and health management support. As part of Gift of Life International, Professor Russo has worked in various Indian cities and hospitals including Chennai from 2007 to 2011.

Cost Efficiency plus Quality Measures: Prescription for the Indian Healthcare Sector

Healthcare stakeholders in India should adopt a consumer driven healthcare approach that would allow meaningful comparison between individual providers and facilities. Such a comparison should be based on a risk adjusted analysis of operational efficiency and price, and the degree to which the services provided by physicians and facilities meet all healthcare quality specifications. This would call for individual providers …

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