Prevention and workforce skilling and management as key for healthconomics

The round table meet was graced by the special presence and addressed by Sanjay Aggarwal

Surveillance systems, Frugal Innovation, Digital  healthcare, Community Mobilisation, Prof Derek Bell, Workforce skilling, Dr N Subramanian, Prof Parag Singhal


Frugal Innovation, Digital Health, Data Science, Community Mobilisation and Surveillance systems at the district level is the way forward for India to handle pandemics and manage healthcare, said Prof Randeep Guleria as experts from UK like Prof Sir Malcolm Grant and Prof Derek Bell dwelled on prevention and workforce skilling and management as key for Healthconomics at the ‘Healthconomics: Joint Stakeholders’ Roundtable of India and UK on the Emerging Landscape of Healthcare Delivery in Wake of Covid' on 24th July 2020 organised by PHD Chamber virtually.

The eminent panellists present were Ruchi Ghanshyam, Ex High Commissioner of India to UK,  Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Ex-Chairman, NHS, UK, Prof Derek Bell, Chair, Acute Medicine, Imperial College, London, Prof Ravikant, Director, AIIMS, Rishikesh, UP, India, Prof. (Dr) Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, New Delhi, Mahendra Singh, Expert Member, Digital Health, AI in Health, Telemedicine & Innovation, WHO Geneva, Dr Deep Goel, Senior Director & Robotic Gastrointestinal Surgeon, BLK Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Shreeraj Deshpande, Chief Operating Officer, Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited, Prof Bejon Misra, Founder, Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India.

The round table meet was graced by the special presence and addressed by Sanjay Aggarwal, Senior Vice President, PHDCCI & Chairman & CEO of Paramount Cables Group and the session was moderated by Prof  Parag Singhal, Consultant Endocrinologist, UK, Dr N Subramanian, Chairman, Health Committee, PHDCCI & Director, Medical Services, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and Vivek Seigell, Principal Director, PHD Chamber

Sanjay Aggarwal told that the hospital industry is expected to reach $132 bn by 2023 from $ 61.8 bn in 2017; growing at a CAGR of 16-17%. He has also mentioned that the best & qualified doctors India has, who are providing cost efficient treatment in India and Government initiatives like Ayushman Bharat and to allow FDI up to 100% under automatic route, India can also become a Healthcare Delivery hub of the world.

Prof Parag Singhal in his opening remarks mentioned about the impact of Covid pandemic on the healthcare system and the most affected are the vulnerable population. Prof. Singhal mentioned that in this crisis the conventional clinics have been replaced by telephonic clinics in UK. He also mentioned that India has the low-cost healthcare facility and both the countries should collaborate to use Technology and Maximise the capacity to focus on the primary care and preventive healthcare.

Dr N Subramanian mentioned facts and figures about the overall mortality ratios and preventive mechanism like 68% of deaths were due to Non-Communicable diseases and over 1.5 million deaths could have been avoided with the proper preventive measures. He also mentioned that more than two hundred thousand people are in end stage renal failure. He also talked about the healthcare expenditure India is only 3.5% of the GDP of which only 1% + is spent by the Govt and the rest is shouldered by the individuals.