Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani ( The Director General- AHPI)
Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani is founder Director General of newly constituted "Association of Healthcare Providers (India)". Prior to this he was Secretary General, Quality Council of India during 2003-2012, an apex national body responsible for establishing and operating national accreditation structure and promoting quality in all walks of life. Dr. Gyani has distinction of serving as elected director on board of International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for 6-years (2004-10).During this period he worked extensively on improving effectiveness of QMS certification process through actual field validation, findings of which have appeared in prominent international quality journals. He successfully promoted applicationof third party conformity assessment structure to improve regulatory quality and in turn effectiveness in governance with the motto; "Quality for National Well Being". Responding to question in Parliament on Medical Tourism, in year 2005,Dr. Gyani pioneered formulation and operating of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), for the first time in the country. He facilitated development of accreditation standard duly approved by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua),with the result that hospitals accredited by NABH have global recognition and which have given boost to Medical Tourism in the country. Dr Gyani functioned as founder CEO of NABH till he superannuated in July 2012 and has been retained as honorary member of its Governing Board. Dr. Gyani followed up the hospital program, with accreditation schemes for Nursing Homes, Blood Banks, Diagnostic Centres and Clinics. Dr Gyani introduced registration scheme for consulting organizations, which provide counselling and training to hospitals to comply with the NABH standards. Dr. Gyani facilitated quality professional bodies to apply statistical quality tools like 5S, Kaizen, Lean, Six sigma, Balanced Score Card and other measures to improve cost competitiveness and reduce variability in clinical and managerial processes. On the international front, Dr Gyani was elected as director on the Board of ISQua for year 2009-11 and re-elected foryears 2011-14. Dr. Gyani launched international wing of NABH and Philippine became the first overseas country to have adopted NABH standards. He was invited to visit Pakistan on two occasions under Aman Kin Asha, where he successfully launched NABH among the healthcare professionals in Pakistan.Followed up with this Dr Gyani was invited to Iran to sign MoU to launch NABH over there. Dr. Gyani is credited in pursuing various state governments to adopt NABH standards in public health, including district hospitals and primary health centers, through capacity building. This has truly boosted the quality of healthcare in government hospitals.This includes states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi, J&K, Haryana, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Gyani has been nominated as member of academic council of Medical Council of India (MCI). Dr Gyani has initiated quality improvement program at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, under which all teaching hospitals of affiliated Medical Colleges of University will implement NABH standards. Dr. Gyani is widely travelled, which has helped him to understand best practices in overseas countries. He has been popular speaker on Quality in healthcare at large number of the international events. Dr. Gyani has more than 40-years of experience in the areas of Teaching, Research and Quality Accreditation. Dr. Gyani holds a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Quality. He has been conferred with 16th Lal C. Verman Award in year 2002 in recognition with distinguished contribution in the field of standardization, precision measurement & quality control. He is recipient of Rotary Centenary Award in year 2004 for Excellence in the field of Quality. SME World Magazine in its cover story of June 2012 issue has very deservingly depicted him as Quality Man of India.