Hyderabad, 23 April 2011:The Second International Conference on ‘Transforming Healthcare with IT’ held from 22nd to 23rd April in Hyderabad concluded today. The Conference was backed by multiple industry players such as Apollo Hospitals, Microsoft, GE, IBM, Alcatel Lucent and Wipro among others. The Conference is supported by NASSCOM, Dept. of Science & Technology, International Society for Telemedicine & e-Health, Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI) among others.
Highlights of the Conference:
- 66 lectures with15 speakers from the USA, 2 from UK, and one each from Australia, Pakistan, South Africa and Canada
- Talkby Dr T Ramasami , Secretary, DST Govt of India on Healthcare and Research and Development
- Talks by Dr. Prathap C Reddy , Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, Ms. Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals, S. Reghunathan, Advisor National Knowledge Commission,Dr. Surinder Singh the Drugs Controller General Govt Of India and six senior IAS officers from 5 state governments
- First Healthcare IT Awards Ceremony spearheaded by NASSCOM and KPMG
At the Conference, Ms Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “Health information technology plays a significant role in the success of innovative care models. It is imperative that care providers and solution providers come together on a IT led industry platform and work towards a common goal to make Quality Healthcare accessible and affordable to every citizen which I believe this conference is poised to achieve through fostering partnerships across the Healthcare community.”
The two-day Conference attracted more than 66 speakers, 500 delegates across the world, becoming a de facto networking ground for professionals from information technology, hospitals and allied sectors. Over the past two days, numerous speakers from India and abroad debated numerous issues, including The Future of Healthcare, Public Policies in IT & Healthcare, Rural Healthcare Delivery, E-health Initiatives, Energizing the Global mHealth Ecosystem, Policy Impacts of Health Information Technology and Electronic Medical Records etc.
Ms Preetha Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospitals Group said “The event brought together eminent policy-makers, healthcare providers and technologists from across the globe, combining the synergies of healthcare IT to bring about a more Connected Healthcare Ecosystem”
Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer, National Health Service UKmade a resounding statement at the conference. He said “The 20th century was the century of the doctors but 21st century is the century of the patients. With the changing times and evolving environment today patients have heightened awareness and have access to technology to reach out to medical experts. Today healthcare with the help of technology has transformed to a whole new dimension.”
“The adoption of information technology has the ability to deliver significant short-term savings with solutions which help improve the way healthcare is managed and delivered. The real opportunity, however, is to exploit information technology to facilitate transformation in the way that healthcare is delivered so that the quality of outcomes can be better assessed, enabling a shift in incentives and rewards away from volume of care to quality of care,” said Ms Shobana Kamineni, ED – New Initiatives, Apollo Hospitals Group.
About Apollo Hospitals
In 1983, Dr Prathap C Reddy, the architect of Indian healthcare, launched the first corporate hospital in India. An integrated healthcare company, the Apollo Hospitals Group has more than 8,500 beds across 54 hospitals, more than 1200 pharmacies and 100 diagnostic clinics, medical business process outsourcing services, health insurance services, and clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research. To develop talent for the burgeoning need of superior healthcare delivery, the Apollo Hospitals Group has 11 nursing and hospital management colleges. These accomplishments have earned the Apollo Hospitals Group accolades such as the Centre of Excellence from the Government of India and recognition from the Joint Commission International (seven Apollo hospitals are JCI accredited). In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. For more than 26 years, Apollo has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge research. Apollo hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services.