a) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized the second edition of “Hospital Tech” concurrent with “Health & Hospital Conclave” on 27 & 28 October 2012 at the Gujarat University Exhibition Hall, Ahmedabad, under the Chairmanship of Dr Vikram Shah, Chairman & Managing Director, Shalby Hospitals. The main theme of the event is “Opportunities & Challenges for Healthcare Sector” which focused on capacity building in line with the demand, requirement of investment.
b) The two-day exhibition – “Hospital Tech 2012”, has evoked overwhelming response from the healthcare professional not only from Gujarat but also from neighboring states like Rajasthan. The visitors have shown keen interest particularly in the new products launched at the exhibition by various companies turn out to be major attraction for medical professionals in Gujarat and most of the exhibitors, total 70 in number, expect higher conversion ratio.
c) Some of the products made available in the market for the first time through the expo include Irrigation & Irrigation cum Suction Machines (from Medicare Equipments), Blood Glucose Monitors (Omron), Automatic Shoe Cover Machine (Shuban Global) and Medical Gas Management Systems & OR & ICU turnkey solutions (Draeger Medical). The leading companies participated in the exhibition include Force Motors, Siemens, DePuy Medical, Draeger, Zimmer, Attune, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hosmac, Easy Care, Janak Healthcare, Kopran Laboratories, Kimberly Clarke, Meditek Engineers, United Surgicals and ISS Integrated Facility Services. A larger number of doctors and healthcare professionals including hospital & nursing home owners, private practitioners, specialists, surgeons and so on from across Gujarat visited the exhibition during the two days.
In his welcome address at the at the inaugural session, Dr. Rajiv Modi, Vice Chairman, CII Gujarat State Council and Managing Director, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, said, “Healthcare sector in India is poised to acquire the status similar to country’s pharmaceutical industry, which meets 20% of the world’s total demand for medicine. The size of market for hospital services in India is expected to reach US $ 18 billion by 2020 and medical tourism will play an important role in growth of the sector in days to come.”
d) Highlighting the theme of the event, Dr. Vikram Shah, CII Event Chairman & CMD, Shalby Hospitals, Ahmedabad, said, “Public sector hospitals in India lack advanced infrastructure and facilities, while the hospitals run by the charitable trust are not able to cope up with the cost when it comes to use of latest equipments and infrastructure. In such a scenario, there is an enormous growth potential for private sector hospitals provided they run their business very efficiently. These hospitals should have core focus on energy efficiency and reduce their energy consumption cost from 5% of the business to 2.5%.” He also strongly pitched for granting industry status to healthcare sector instead of considering the hospitals just as commercial establishment.
e) Delivering special address, Dr. Vivek Desai, CII Western Region Healthcare Sub-Committee & MD, Hosmac India Pvt. Ltd., said, “Healthcare sector is the fourth largest sector in the country in terms of providing employment. Existing capacity in the segment is one bed per 1,000 number of people and we need to increase this capacity to three bed. The investment required for addition of one bed in public sector is about Rs. 15 lakh, whereas in case of corporate hospitals, this requirement is at least Rs. 50 lakh. However, since the sector is most sought after sector by the investors, money is not a major problem, but demand-supply mismatch of medical personnel is a major issue. We need to double the number of doctors and triple the number of nurses and other paramedical staff. The sector also has potential to support allied industries in a big way.”
f) While participating in the panel discussion at the Conclave on “Future of Healthcare Delivery – Practitioner’s Perspective”, leading doctors were of the opinion that with the largest population of the sick people and 20% them not having money for medical treatment, providing medical treatment to the weaker sections of the society is one of the biggest challenges faced by India. A few years ago, public sector hospitals were looking after the healthcare requirement, but now private sector hospitals have cornered a significant chunk of the market. As the government run hospitals have exhausted their resources and government’s planned spending is not in line with the requirement, the corporate hospitals will rule over the market in days to come. In such a situation, how to provide healthcare services to the poor at an affordable cost is a big question and we must either integrate public & private sector hospitals by one way or another or the government should come forward to bear cost of the treatment, partially or fully, in order to make this possible. Some of the leading doctors participated at this discussion were: Dr Nitin Shah, SAL Hospital; Dr Dipak Dave, HCG Multispeciality Hospital; Dr Atul Maslekar, Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals; Dr Ramesh Sumple, BAPS Shastriji Maharaj Hospital; and Dr Utpal Shah, Apollo Hospitals International Ltd.
g) Leading CEOs participated at the panel discussion on “Emerging Trends in Healthcare Delivery – CEOs Perspective”, were: Dr Bharat Gadhavi, HCG Hospitals; Mr Ravi Bhandari, Shalby Hospitals; Mr Sumit Sarkar, Apollo Hospitals International Ltd; Mr Rajiv Sharma, Sterling AddLife India Ltd; Mr Sandeep Desai, Charutar Arogya Mandal; Dr Akash Rajpal, EkoHealth Management Consultants; and Dr Adheet Gogate, HealthBridge Advisors Pvt Ltd.
h) Other two panel discussions at the Conclave were “Changing Face of Technology in Healthcare” and “Creating win-win situation in Health Insurance”.
i) Two workshops on “Methodology behind Cleaning & Hygiene” and “Cloud in Healthcare” were also organized in order to create awareness about these critical aspects of the healthcare industry. At a time when the healthcare industry is under pressure due escalating cost of operations, the main objective of the workshops was to help the segment in reducing the cost.
j) The event was a grand success with the support of Force Motors, Siemens, Zimmer, ISS Integrated Facility Services, HealthBridge, and State Bank of India.
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