HEAT 2016: DAY 1: Inauguration Ceremony: “Positive Disruptions in the Healthcare System and Income Security in India”

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The inaugural ceremony of HEAT 2016, the annual event of Healthcare Management at TAPMI was held today in presence of esteemed guests from the industry. The theme for this year is “Positive disruptions in the Healthcare system and Income security”. The event began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest, Dr. M S Valiathan – National Research Professor, School of Life Science followed by a speech by  Prof. Gururaj H Kidiyoor, Director, T.A.P.M.I. The Director shared with  the audience how this event is a positive disruption for TAPMI. It is a moment of immense pride as a lot of strategic intent and deliberations went into establishing the Healthcare programme seven years ago, the motive of which was to achieve a holistic view of management. The program has grown to become multidimensional and is extremely rich in its offering to the students.

The introduction by the Director was followed by the Presidential Address by Prof. Mukul Asher, Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore. He spoke about how economic reasoning can be applied to social policy issues to bring a paradigm shift in the way social policies have been conceived till now. The global environment today is no longer conducive for growth. The challenge, therefore, is for the government to tackle social policy issues. In the past years, the credibility of government has declined severely. The way to ameliorate this situation is bringing people into confidence and doing it in a communicative way.

The Chief Guest, Dr M S Valiathan, spoke about how health sector has gone through major revolutions but still in India you often face the shortage of fuels, resources, equipment and drugs. The government is spending crores of money and despite all these inputs, the output is dissatisfactory. The reason for this is purely lack of management. The biggest problem according to him in Healthcare is of access. There are ‘low profound’ states like Bihar, UP and MP where life expectancy is 56 as compared to 75 in Kerela which displays a huge disparity commonly prevalent in our nation. Also, there is no adequate access to specialised care. Another serious issue which needs to be addressed is of quality. A majority of hospitals in India are not accredited and government hospitals form a major chunk of this group. So it is time that we find people who are solely trained for management in healthcare instead of doctors who are currently handling it without the required skills.

Mr. Vivek Desai, MD HOSMAC gave a Key Note Speech on Positive Disruptions in,Healthcare. According to him, if we look at the past, Healthcare has undergone major revolutions and has now reached a stage where it has become the biggest opportunity. Healthcare has drawn a lot of interest from the government, investors, companies who see it as a growing sector. But still, many issues reside with the present Healthcare system. Some of which are that people don’t invest in healthcare and there is a lack of workforce and quality accreditation. He concluded by saying that the success lies in targeting the bottom of the pyramid which forms a substantial part of the population. Instead of seeing the poor as a problem see them as an opportunity and an active market, he said.

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