CAHOTECH -2017, an international conference on health technology was organised by CAHO (Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations) on September 23, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISc campus, Bangalore. The event was organised with the vision to introduce newer and better technology solutions for hospitals.
CAHOTECH 2017 was a reflection of the aspiration to join together, and in sharing, find that we are stronger and more greatly enriched than if we were working as individuals in isolation. This was the original intention for the formation of CAHO and was supported by all partners for the event. CAHOTECH 2017 was attended by around 260 delegates and had speakers from Sweden, US and India. Dr Nagendra Swamy S C, Sr. President, Group Medical Director- Manipal Health Enterprises & Chairman- Quality Council and Dr Narendranath V, Chief Administrator, Ramaiah Medical College Hospital were the Organizing Chairman and Secretary respectively.
The event was inaugurated by Dr. Nanda Kumar Jairam, CEO, Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals, India and Chairman of the NABH in the presence of Dr Vijay Agarwal, President CAHO, Dr Alexander Thomas, Immediate Past President, CAHO, Dr CM Bhagat, Secretary General, CAHO, Dr Girdhar Gyani, Director General, AHPI, Dr Nagendra Swamy S C (Sr. President, Group Medical Director- Manipal Health Enterprises) and other dignitaries.
As the steward of Quality in healthcare delivery, CAHO was well represented in various panels and discussions. State Representative Dr.Anuradha Pichumani (Sree Renga Hospital) set the tone by outlining the breadth of CAHO's activities and stressed on the need to be mindful of the quality of the various care processes involved while structuring affordable solutions.
Debating the Government’s move on capping prices for various procedures and its impact on stakeholders, Dr.Lallu Joseph (Christian Medical College) and Dr.K.P.Pichumani (Sree Renga Hospital) pointed out the pitfalls of such a move on the SHCO ecosystem in the country.
The presence of the senior managers from bodies like the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project and IRDAI on hand helped in exploring the multilateral dimensions of the issue.
Technology has been and will play a huge role in healthcare delivery in the coming years. In fact, last year at the economic forum at Davos it was observed that The Third industrial revolution used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third and the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres,” said Dr Agarwal. “This will impact our lives in ways that we cannot even imagine. It was observed that maximum impact will be on healthcare and paradoxically the medical professionals are the ones least prepared to embrace and make use of it,” he added. “Adaptable future technology for Indian Hospitals” was the theme of CAHOTECH 2017. In letting with the theme, the event saw an enviable line-up of highly renowned speakers who shared their thoughts and ideas on the future of healthcare industry.
Dr Ambuj Chaturvedi, Chairman, Medtronics and Dr Ajay Bakshi, MD & CEO, Manipal Health Enterprises delivered the keynote address. Hakan Jideus, CEO, Predicare AB, Sweden and Todd Kalynik, VP, Open Technology, IBM US presented compelling arguments for the use of technology in healthcare.
Dr Lulu Sherif, Father Muller Hospital, Mangalore gave an interesting insight on the use of simulation in training healthcare workers. Dr Somashekhar SP, Chairman & HOD Surgical Oncology, Manipal Health Enterprises gave an enthralling first-hand account of next gen robotics in surgery. Dr Mahesh Kappanayil, Pediatric Cardiologist, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, talked about 3D-printing and its impact on surgical decision-making.