Mr Sanjeev Vashistha, chief executive officer, SRL Diagnostics, New Delhi
Q: The recent budget 2015 has put emphasis on preventive healthcare. What is SRL doing to reach out?
It is a very interesting question. We are not proud of being the largest diagnostic firm as much as having been able to reach out to the masses. I can say that we have even reached hinterland. We are present in 350 districts and our labs are located even in remote places such as Silchir, Aizwal, Imphal and so on. Secondly apart from these labs, we have created over six thousand collection points. We are demolishing the myth that rural areas don't have access to healthcare. 60 percent of the samples are collected and taken to lab in 6 hours.
Q: Have you tied up with the government for making diagnostic technologies available to the marginal sections of society?
We are the first company in the country to tie up with the Himachal government. We are running 24 labs in the state despite the fact that we are cut off in winters and other initial hiccups. We are delivering quality at an affordable cost.
In future, we are open to tying up with state governments. The private sector has to work hand in hand with the public sector to create healthcare benefits for all.
Q: Innovation for affordable technologies is going to be the next stage for companies. Where do you stand on that?
We have a highly evolved innovative research and development laboratory. Our highly trained 25 scientists are working in the R&D center, round the corner to make a difference. It has a three fold agenda: First is to create the tests that are accurate and not available in India. Second is using innovative techniques to bring down the cost. Third is to improve the cutting edge technology for the turnaround time.