Mumbai: The global impact of COVID-19 has overwhelmed large sections of the world’s healthcare infrastructure, and the ongoing threat it presents has been the most demanding on our public-health systems. The need to provide healthcare which is accessible and affordable, now more than ever, becomes a necessity.

Asia Health 2020, held between the 18-20 November, provides the platform for all the stakeholders within the industry to converge creating a conducive and holistic environment to ensure the welfare of our nation’s population as well as position India as a leader in Healthcare Delivery in the Asia region.

Dr Vipul Aggarwal Deputy CEO NHA said digital health is as important as physical infrastructure. There is a need for digital health to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, deliver high quality care and to develop an agile response to pandemics. Other reasons being system operating in cliques, dependence on legacy systems and lack of uniformity and standardisation.

Ms Shobana Kamineni Past President CII & Executive Vice Chairperson Apollo Hospitals stated that technology would shift healthcare from doctors to patients amd medicine will slowly start getting personalised. She further added that hospitals are going to change as the environment around hospitals will become more technology enabled

Dr Ali Parsa Founder Babylon health, UK expressed that to truly make healthcare affordable there is a need to automate as many processes as possible and increase predictability and prevention of diseases. What Covid has taught the entire world is to focus on prevention

Mr Mukesh Bansal CEO and Founder Cure Fit said that one big trend that will be there in the coming years is the prevention and curation of diseases. Lifestyle choices are going to make a difference. Mr Axel Baur Senior Partner Mckinsey, Hong Kong specified 3 areas that digital health should work upon are chronic disease management, accelerate the development of market places and create a health e -wallet

Mr Roberto Leonardi, Regional CEOGenerali AsiaHong Kong, India is spending significantly less towards its public health system as compared to middle income countries who are spending 5-6% of their GDP. To be able to define the coverage is one of the key issues that need to be dealt with expressed 

Dr Jonathon Broomberg, Global Head – Health InsuranceDiscovery Group, South AfricaThere is a huge range of interventions that digital makes available. The strategy for UHC is gradual expansion of the national system, over time the depth of the cover should be expanded by the public system, carefully coordinated with a well- regulated private health insurance system.

CII Asia Health 2020 will also see Experts from USA, UK, Singapore, Israel, Russia, Bhutan, Maldives, Angola, and many other countries coming together to deliberate on thought leadership and discuss on Health, Technology, Ayurveda and how these systems can ensure healthcare delivery across Asia through India. Imminent Dignitaries, national speakers and international speakers will be  addressing knowledge sessions on a wide range of issues that cuts across the healthcare spectrum looking to develop a cohesive industry engagement with core cross sectoral policy dialogues and strategic exchanges.