Healthcare Senate 2017 focusses on future-ready healthcare

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Experts come together to create a roadmap for the industry to transform into an entity which can effectively tackle unprecedented challenges and opportunities in future

Healthcare Senate 2017, the national private healthcare business summit by Express Healthcare and The Indian Express Group, was recently held at Novotel Airport in Hyderabad. This year, the event’s theme was ‘Building a future-ready healthcare sector in India’.

Over three days, an impressive gathering healthcare leaders, game changers and innovators focussed on the roadmap to steer the industry towards transforming itself into an entity which is competent to handle both, opportunities and challenges of the future, which are likely to be unprecedented. Here are some of the sessions at Healthcare senate 2017.

Dr Alexander Thomas, Chairman, AHPI; Zoya Brar, CMD Founder, Core Diagnostics; Dr Abhijit Sinha Roy, Medical Director, Westminster Healthcare; Col Binu Sharma, VP, Nursing Columbia Asia Hospital & President, INS India; Soumya Kanti Purkayastha, Chief Executive, Berkeley HealthEDU

Dr Alexander Thomas, Chairman, AHPI; Zoya Brar, CMD Founder, Core Diagnostics; Dr Abhijit Sinha Roy, Medical Director, Westminster Healthcare; Col Binu Sharma, VP, Nursing Columbia Asia Hospital & President, INS India; Soumya Kanti Purkayastha, Chief Executive, Berkeley HealthEDU

Thumbay Moideen, Founder & President, Thumbay Group spoke on the creation of an innovative, sustainable and self-financed private academic health system and elaborated on the efforts of the Thumbay Group in this direction.

Dr Nupur Kohli, Healthcare Adviser, The Netherlands who is also a TedX speaker, drew comparisons between nations, majorly Netherlands. She highlighted the current challenges in India’s healthcare delivery system and shared learnings from global experiences which can be incorporated in the current healthcare system.

It also saw panel discussions on very pertinent topics. ‘Fighting the antibiotic apocalypse’ saw experts come together to find effective ways to tackle growing resistance to drugs and the huge adverse implications on the country’s health. The panel comprised Dr Clive Fernandes, Group Clinical Director, Wockhardt Hospitals & JCI Consultant, Joint Commission International, Dr Selwyn Colaco, COO, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals, Dr Nandakumar Jairam, Chairman, CEO & GMD Columbia Asia hospitals, Dr Subramanian Swaminathan, Infection Control Expert, Global Hospitals and Sumit Marwah, CEO & Director, Dispoline India.

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Thumbay Moideen, Founder & President, Thumbay Group

‘Evolving role of hospital pharmacies’ was another topic for discussion which had an eminent panel comprising Biplab Chatterjee, CEO, BPPI, Department of Pharmaceuticals, GoI; Dr Suresh Saravdekar, Chairman Hospital Division, IPA, Maharashtra; Prafulla Naigaonkar, Former Pharmacy in Charge,Tata Memorial Hospital; Dr Meena Shriniwas Shelgaonkar, Senior Research Consultant (Clinical Pharmacologist),CIIMS and Sojwal Vora, VP & Group Head–Supply Chain, Chief Procurement Officer, Manipal Hospitals. The panelists in this session showcased how hospital pharmacies can become revenue boosters if leveraged effectively.

A panel discussion on ensuring cost efficiencies within capital intensive departments highlighted various ways to increase revenue through volumes to attain profitability without hampering quality. The panel comprised Dr Bhavin Jankharia, Partner and Consultant at PictureThis; Dr Vidur Mahajan, Executive Director, Mahajan Imaging; Dr Biren Chauhan, Group Centre Head, Sunshine Global Hospitals; and Dr Sandeep Chatrath, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh & Telengana, Apollo Hospitals.

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Dr Nupur Kohli, Healthcare Adviser, The Netherlands

A panel discussion titled , ‘People first’ delved into understanding various strategies and deliberated on techniques that will lead organisations to empower their workforce and make them future ready. The panel included Dr Alexander Thomas, Chairman, AHPI; Zoya Brar, CMD Founder, Core Diagnostics; Dr Abhijit Sinha Roy, Medical Director, Westminster Healthcare; Col Binu Sharma, VP, Nursing Columbia Asia Hospital & President, INS India; Soumya Kanti Purkayastha, Chief Executive, Berkeley HealthEDU.

Apart from insightful discussions, an Awards Nite was also part of the event. Best practices and innovation in healthcare delivery were recognised through Best Hospital Pharmacy Citations, presented by Glenmark. The game changers and visionaries of private healthcare in India were honoured with Express Healthcare Excellence Awards. After the awards, the delegates and winners continued the celebrations over the gala dinner.

These are just a few of the interesting sessions at Healthcare Senate 2017. Catch the detailed and exclusive coverage about the event in the October 2017 issue of Express Healthcare.