Health Technology and Policy

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Utilization of CMCHIS scheme specific to cancer patients
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Costing Survey - Primary Health Centre
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Costing Survey of Primary Health Centre
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Tribals access, out of pocket expenditure to Primary Health Centre - Survey
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Universal Health Coverage Pilot Block - Follow up visit (Shoolagiri)
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Context and Policy Challenge

With the increasing use of technology and the consequent financial burden on the state-sponsored healthcare delivery systems, it is necessary to assess how well the scarce public money is being spent and prioritize spending based on cost-effective programmatic interventions. CTaP’s overarching objective of this thematic group is to develop methodologies for assessing the cost-effectiveness of large-scale healthcare interventions and to contribute to the policymaking process in order to prioritize public spending on various public health interventions.

Broad Research Objectives:

Broadly, this thematic group will be engaged in policy-relevant research questions to (a) Improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare and (b) promote cost-effective, evidence-based tools for procuring drugs, vaccines, medical equipment, and devices in the public healthcare system.

Engagement with Govt:

CTaP is already representing IITM in the recently established Medical Technology Assessment Board (MTAB) of the Department of Health Research (DHR) and ICMR of GoI., in developing methodologies (including Economic Assessment) of healthcare technologies, procedures, programmatic interventions financed by central and state governments.

CTaP is being considered by DHR /ICMR. to function as a Nodal agency for developing training modules and offering training in the field of Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

CTaP is also actively engaged with the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the TN State Government in the design, implementation and assessment of the experiment with Universal Health Coverage as part of the National Health Mission.

Operational Research Programmme

Research Network and collaborators:

The Group working in this domain has been a part of an International Consortium, since 2005, supported by DFID (UK) and led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LHSTM, London, The Consortium consists of 10 individual research institutions from Africa (Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa), India (IITM), Thailand, and Vietnam, and the UK. We are also part of an Indian consortium consisting of Public Health Foundation of India (Delhi), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Bombay), PG Institute for Medical Education and Research (Chandigarh).


CTaP has been offering an elective course on Technology and Public Policy, with the involvement of faculty members with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Given the number of faculty associated with the Centre, we shall work towards developing a B.Tech. Dual Degree option in Public Policy.

Collaborations and outreach:

Members of the group have also been offering medical workshops bringing together medical students, developers of medical technology, and social activists in order to understand pressings concerns on the ground as well as effective methods of development, dissemination, and education. Two workshops have been offered in the current year to great success.

Faculty Involved:

Muraleedharan V R

Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences

Healthcare Technology and Policy

Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam

Department of Electrical Engineering

Healthcare Technology and Policy

Girija Vaidhyanathan

Professor of practice - Dept of HSS

Healthcare Technology and Policy

Umakant Dash

Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences

Healthcare Technology and Policy

Sundararaman T
Adjunt Faculty(2018-2020) - Dept of HSS

Healthcare Technology and Policy

Research Associates:

Rajesh M
Project Associate

Data Management System

Aswini Nachiyar
Project Associate

Implementation Research - Digital Health

Project Associate

Field work - Costing & Primary Health Care

Murali Krishnan N
Project Scientist
Non-Communicable diseases; Health Advocacy

PHD Scholars:

Adithyan G

Healthcare Financing and Access

Muthu Singaram

MedTech Enterprises- Medical Devices Entrepreneur


Non-Communicable diseases and Policy

Pratima yadav

Pandemics and Policy


Maternal and Child Health


Healthy Ageing


Tribal Health

Pavan Kumar
Alok Ranjan

Healthcare Financing and Access

Sapna Nair

Maternal & Child Health, Nutrition Policy

Varshini Mohan

Healthcare Technology Assessment

Amneet Kumar

Healthcare Financing