Vivartana, 2016, the annual national Healthcare Conference, was organized by staff and students of ASCI-PGDHM and attended by several prominent medical professionals, academicians from various reputed institutions and government representatives.
The welcome note of the inaugural session was delivered by Dr. Subodh Kandamuthan (Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Healthcare Management, ASCI-PGDHM).
Dr. Parmita Das Gupta (Director general- I/C) spoke about the socio economic challenges in the area of healthcare development with specific focus on probable future growth of healthcare industry.
Key note address was by Dr. Raju Narayanaswamy, IAS. Who spoke succinctly on poverty and malnutrition as the two major problems affecting India. This was followed by the speech of the special guest Dr. K.S. Ratnakar Head Global Research Foundation stressed on the great need for Healthcare managers to be exposed to every inch of the socio economic conditions of the community. He also spoke extensively on the national health policies in the panel discussion that followed the inaugural session.
Inaugural address was given by Dr. Kakarla Subbarao, Founder Director NIMS who started off his session by saying health and medicine are two different streams. He enumerated upon a technical revolution in health happening everywhere and he hoped that with the help of universal health insurance the transformation would occur to the extent that patients from all walks of life can come to the hospital without cash and get world class treatment.. He ended the session highlighting the importance of Medical education, training, skill development, punctuality and time management for any healthcare worker to be successful.
The inaugural session ended with Vote of thanks by Dr. Bhawna Gulati, Associate Professor, ASCI.
The first panel discussion had four well known names in the field of healthcare as speakers – Mr. Harikrishna, CEO Maxcure Hospitals, Dr. Ratnakar, Head Global Health Research Foundation, Mr Venugopal Reddy, Health Vertical Head, Tech Mahindra and Mr. Harish Manian, COO, Continental Hospital. The session was moderated by Dr. Subodh Kandamuthan, Director, Center for Healthcare Management, ASCI.
Mr. Harikrishna (CEO, Maxcure Hospital)- speaking at the first panel discussion, focusing on the recent developments in Hospital and healthcare management said that at present there are around 20,000 healthcare workers employed in the industry in Hyderabad and that the healthcare sector is growing at a fast rate. In essence he urged more and more healthcare professionals to be p[art of the sector.
Mr. Venugopal Reddy (Health vertical head, Tech Mahindra) said that India needs a lot of investment for improvement in analytics of healthcare and that it is important for this investment to happen as Health IT is about solving problem of accessibility, Health is moving from illness to wellness.
Mr. Harish Manian (CEO, Continental Hospital). He said that within half a decade to decade there won’t be any outpatients coming to hospitals as more and more home based medical treatment is becoming available for Indian population.
The next panel discussion was by the alumni of ASCI PGDHM and was moderated by Dr. Bhawna Gulati, Associate Professor, Center for Healthcare Management. The speakers were, Ms. Chitra Sharma, formerly with IIPH and presently a student at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ms. Krishnaveni Nimmakayala, Senior Manager, Jaslok Hospital Mumbai and Dr. Jyotiram Das, Managing Partner: Integra Ventures – Streamlining Healthcare. They shared with the audience their perceptions and experiences of the challenges and solutions in healthcare and hospital management.
The chief Guest for the Valedictory session was Mr. Venkat Changavalli, Advisor, Home and Health UP Government and the former CEO EMRI. The moderator of the session was Ms. Padmashree Radhaswamy, Advisor, Admissions and Placements, ASCI PGDHM. The panache with which he delivered his address had the audience in peals of laughter – subtle humour and countless examples to endorse his points. He captivated the audience with his style of delivery, countless examples and wisdom. The valedictory session of the conference ended with closing remarks from Dr. Subodh Kandamuthan and Prize distribution by the Chief Guest to all the winners of the Poster and paper presentations from leading medical colleges, Pharmacy colleges and hospital management colleges.
The conference was a great learning for the students of ASCI PGDHM as they experienced countless management lessons in the process of executing it.