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Summit hosted at IIMB discusses ways for healthcare to ‘reach the unreached’ in India

12 March, 2017, BENGALURU: IIM Bangalore’s first batch of General Management for Healthcare Executives hosted the first edition of the GMHE Healthcare Summit -- AYUSMAT here today. The aim of the summit was to address the challenges faced by the primary healthcare sector in terms of pricing and opportunities.

The GMHE, a certificate program offered by IIMB’s Executive Education Programmes, is aimed at high performing individuals in the healthcare domain who are looking to transition from a functional role to a management role. This sectoral program has been designed and developed by IIMB in partnership with Apollo MedSkills, the skills arm of Apollo Hospitals.

Today, there is great diversity among healthcare institutions and modes of healthcare delivery. There is an increasing penetration of technology in direct service delivery as well as back-end operations. IT-enabled devices are beginning to form the backbone of contemporary healthcare. This transformation has created a need for a new breed of leaders and managers in the healthcare sector.

Emphasizing the role of business schools in healthcare in this context, Prof. Shankar Venkatagiri, Programme Director, GMHE and faculty at IIMB, said that there is a strong need for managerial excellence in helping extend the goodness of healthcare from urban to rural settings.

Inviting the impressive line-up of speakers to address the ground realities of healthcare in India, Prof. Venkatagiri encouraged them to enlighten the audience on how technology can make healthcare affordable for India’s rural population.

The keynote address was delivered by Padma Shri awardee Dr. H Sudarshan, Founder, Karuna Trust. His speech revolved around inclusive growth, where he emphasized the need for building partnerships between the public and private (profit and not-for-profit) institutions to address secondary and tertiary healthcare needs. “The core concept of this partnership is the constitutional guarantee of both parties which should address various issues such as cost of healthcare, provide healthcare choices and incentivize healthcare quality management,” he explained. Listing ways to reach the unreached, Dr. Sudarshan shed light on how the sector could ensure establishment of sub-healthcare centres and added that he was counting on the younger generation to help achieve an inclusive growth in the .....

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