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Apollo Hospitals ‘International Health Dialogue’ held in Hyderabad

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Delegates from 120 countries attend twin conferences – International Patient Safety and Transforming Healthcare with IT

Apollo Hospitals Group’s International Health Dialogue held in Hyderabad, comprising of International Patient Safety Conference; and Transforming Healthcare with IT conference, was inaugurated recently by Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.

Over 2500 delegates from 120 countries are attending the patient safety-focussed conference and healthcare and IT-based International conference and trade show in India. The conferences are organised under the aegis of International Health Dialogue, a platform that brings together international hospital leaders, medical and information technology companies and public policy makers to debate and discuss solutions to global challenges in healthcare.

Dr Reddy said, “It has always been our vision to bring the best of world-class healthcare for the benefits of patients in India and over the decades we have successfully been at the forefront of ensuring healthcare that is comparable to the best globally for our patients. At the same time, it is important to build a model of global collaboration with a platform where healthcare stakeholders from all over the world can come together for healthy dialogue and discussions, share best practices and exchange ideas and experiences. The International Health Dialogue is such a platform and we look forward to more such conferences in the future to ensure that we are prepared for the changing face of disease with the rising ‘tsunami’ of non-communicable diseases or NCDs. With modern technology and AI taking centre place, we need to keep abreast of the latest developments and ways to harness it for delivering the best of healthcare services to the patients. At the same time, we must not lose sight of the patient safety, which is an important factor affecting healthcare outcomes. I am thankful for the Government of Telangana for their support in this important mission.”

The 8th edition of the International Patient Safety Conference (IPSC), a not-for-profit initiative, will address critical issues in patient safety with global experts discussing the role of proactive practices and streamlined systems in improving patient safety.

The 9th edition of the International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with Information Technology (THIT) organised by the Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation and Apollo Hospitals Group has over 50 speakers from India and abroad participating in interactive sessions, educational programmes and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest products, technology, services and industry information.

With sessions based on this year’s theme of ‘Imagine, Innovate, Inspire’, IPSC will provide an opportunity to learn from patient safety and quality experts from across the world. The discussions at the conference will range from debates on technology versus touch; the healthcare workforce of the future; overall patient safety aspects including infection control, medication management, radiation safety to facility safety and accreditations.

THIT will have over 500 decision-makers from 10 countries in the nascent Healthcare and IT industry, comprising of leading IT companies and leading healthcare institutions in attendance. National organisations like the Indian Medical Association, Telemedicine Society of India, Computer Society of India, Indian Association for Medical Informatics and several government organisations will also be participating.

Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, said “Our team and collaborators have been working endlessly in the last couple of months on bringing this massive event to fruition and we are proud to host it for not just our national delegates but those from abroad as well. The International Patient Safety Conference will serve as a platform where all stakeholders can share experiences, exchange ideas and discuss best practices for improving patient safety, which comprises a vital aspect of healthcare delivery. We look forward to an outcome where the suggestions generated are integrated into a national policy to improve patient safety across the healthcare system.”

Adding insights on THIT, Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “The conference will showcase AI in Healthcare, Machine Learning in Medical Imaging, Enterprise Digital Health Solutions, Digital Health in Health Delivery Organisations Standards and Policies for Digital Health in India from national and international healthcare technological luminaries. The conference is a platform where healthcare and information technology entrepreneurs, professionals and students will get insights into how medical technology and innovation is disrupting the healthcare industry and the need to keep pace with this transformation. We hope that the conference will lead to an understanding of the need to invest in and adopt new technologies for cost-effective health outcomes that are beneficial to all stakeholders in the Indian healthcare industry.”

The occasion also saw the national launch of preview of AI CVD Risk Score developed in joint collaboration by Apollo Hospitals and Microsoft India. As part of Microsoft’s AI Network for Healthcare initiative, Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals Group have set up a National Clinical Coordination Committee (NCCC) for the Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score, consisting of doctors from Apollo Hospitals; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.

The AI-powered Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score API is an intelligent platform that can predict cardiovascular disease risk score in the Indian population. With over 2,00,000 people screened using the AI-driven API on Microsoft Azure across Apollo Hospitals over the last one year, the platform has been successful in allowing physicians to predict the risk score of patients 5-7 years in advance. With the national launch of the platform, doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals as well as doctors in other leading Indian hospitals will be able to access and leverage this AI-powered API to predict risk of CVD and drive preventive cardiac care in patients across the country.

The International health dialogue are supported by Pfizer, Roche, Aparna, 3M, Biocon, DISPLINE, HDFC Ergo, SBI, SIPL, Wingman Brandworks, HDFC Bank, Novotel, NABH, JCI, BMJ, PWC, Wish, CAHO, AHPI, Innovatio Curis, APHM, ASQUA, Astron, International Alliance of Pateints’ Organisation, Institute of Medicine and Law, IMA Telangana State, FSSAI, HIMA, Creative Sprout, SEMI, NetProFan, Medvarsity, PHFI, ASCI, Zebra, Airtel, DXC Technology, Horiba, Microsoft, Healthkon, Indoteq, Nutanix, Qualetics, Philips, American Megatrends, Medtronic, Delta, Fujifilm, Trackerwave, NTT Data ABI Health, CISCO, CIMS Medica, Incarnus, AVAAP, ELLKAY, Nextwave Connect, Signma Jones, HX Central, Lifetrenz, ISB, SD Biosensor, Fortinet, Amzetta, Chime, Lab Care Enterprises, Medsynaptic and Molex.

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