FICCI Annual Health Conference-2021 to discuss ‘Healthcare Transformation Beyond COVID’

October 14, 2021 0 By CH Unnikrishnan

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) said its 15th Annual Healthcare Conference – FICCI HEAL 2021, to be held from 20th to 22nd October 2021, is themed around “Transforming Healthcare Beyond COVID”. The Conference, supported by NITI Aayog, Government of India, is scheduled on a virtual platform and will include keynote addresses, plenary sessions, panel discussions as well as talks covering the entire spectrum of healthcare delivery- public health, capacity building, insurance, digital health, diagnostics, medical technologies, home healthcare as well as vaccines. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented disruption for the global health ecosystem. While it has highlighted the weaknesses in public policies and healthcare infrastructures, it also brought in the urgency to discover new approaches to respond to the pandemic and subsequent crisis. For the Indian healthcare system, the pandemic has also triggered much needed radical reforms. Today, Healthcare is at the centre-stage like never before- whether it is through our increased public spending focus on health or the game-changing innovations and collaborations seen amongst all the stakeholders,” said Dr Alok Roy, Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee and Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals. 

The event, which will be inaugurated by Health minister Mansukh Mandavia, will be graced by dignitaries including, NTI Ayog member Dr V K Paul, Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, National Health authority CEO R S Sharma, National Health Mission director Vikas Sheel, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar jain, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria,  COVID-19 Working Group of National Technical Advisory Group head  Dr N K Arora,  among others. 

“While we work towards our collective capacities for short term health challenges, it is also imperative that we work collaboratively towards pandemic prevention as well as preparedness, and create a definitive roadmap for transformation of future healthcare system beyond the pandemic. This includes enhanced public health measures and communication strategies, better usage of telemedicine and remote patient management, augmented digital technologies, new concepts for healthcare facilities, optimization of operations and costs as well as expanding indigenous production capacities etc.” added Gautam Khanna, Co-Chair, FICCI Health Services Committee, and CEO, P D Hinduja Hospital. 

The three-day Conference is organized with a view to converge all healthcare stakeholders and provide a forum for sharing of learnings and experiences as well as deliberate on the opportunities for transforming the Indian healthcare system beyond COVID. The conference will be a conglomeration of CEOs, policy makers, national and international leaders from healthcare and allied industries. A FICCI-KPMG Knowledge Paper on ‘COVID Induced Healthcare Transformation’, will also be released during the Inaugural session.

Continuing the long legacy of recognizing the best practices in the industry, FICCI will be organizing the 13th edition of its much-awaited ‘Healthcare Excellence Awards’. An award ceremony has also been organized to felicitate organizations and individuals for their exemplary contributions for improving healthcare. The chief guest for the award ceremony will be Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India along with the guest of honour C K Mishra, Former Secretary, Government of India. The conference will also hold a public health debate on “COVID Pandemic- What could be India’s winning strategy?” and a  thought leadership session on day 2 of the event will focus on “Healthcare delivery- Balancing COVID and Non-COVID”.