Event Report

AHPI Global Conclave 2018

Is Quality Healthcare Sustainable? Issues, concerns & Solutions

Over 250 healthcare providers gathered at Kochi to deliberate and discuss the issues and concerns of private healthcare providers at the AHPI Global conclave, one of the most revered healthcare conclaves in India. Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI) organized the AHPI Global Conclave 2018, with the theme ‘Is Quality Healthcare Sustainable? Issues, concerns & Solutions’ focusing on Quality Healthcare. The two-day conclave was held at Kochi, Kerala on February 16-17 2018 at Hotel Le Meridien. The event brought together distinguished thought leaders, policy makers and stakeholders from private and public sectors, including government, research institutions, academia, industry, community and international agencies to deliberate on impactful healthcare solutions for the country. The two-day conclave was attended by approximately 500 delegates. The conclave provided in-depth coverage of issues related to the theme.

Day one started with a Plenary Session on Burning Issues impacting sustainability of Healthcare Institutions, which was chaired by  Dr Vijay Agarwal, President – CAHO and Govind Hari, President – AHPI Telangana Chapter. Dr Girdhar Gyani, Director General – AHPI welcomed the participants and spoke about the rising distrust between the doctor and patient and why physicians are getting distanced from community and set the tone for the day.


His talk was followed by Dr Azad Moopen , Chairman & MD – Aster DM Healthcare who shared insights on strategies to keep healthcare viable in present circumstance. This informative session was followed by a thought provoking talk by Vishal Bali, Co – founder & Chairman – Medwell Ventures, Asia Head – Healthcare, TPG who shared his thoughts on the current healthcare environment in India and its attractiveness for bringing in investments?

Later in the afternoon Dr Sandhya Mujumdar, National University Hospital, Singapore highlighted the benefits of quality and accreditation at hospitals. During the same session Dr Harish Pillai, CEO – Aster DM and Cluster Head, Kerala & Hyderabad gave a very informative talk on sustainability of healthcare practices highlighting strategies to manage the cost squeeze. His talk was very well received.

The first day of the conclave ended with an award ceremony and banquet dinner. Smt. KK Shylaja, Hon. Minister Health & Social Welfare, Government of Kerala graced the occasion as the chief guest along with Metropolitan Archbishop of Trissur, Mar Andrews Thazhath who was the distinguished guest of honor. The award ceremony was presided over by Dr Alexander Thomas, President – AHPI.

The award ceremony saw 50 distinguished hospitals being awarded for quality beyond accreditation; outstanding teaching hospital; excellence in community engagement; nursing excellence; best hospital to work for and green hospital. Among the winners Aster Hospital, Al Mankool, Dubai and Medcare Women & Children Hospital, Dubai received awards in the overseas Category.

Day two saw productive discussions on empowering nursing to improve care, quality and stewardship. Dr Jothi Clara J Michael, Vice President ANEI spoke to the audience about nurse led initiatives to improve clinical outcomes. Her talk was very well received.

The next session was chaired by Dr Prem K Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Co-Chaired by Dr Anant Sinha, President AHPI-Jharkhand & Bihar Chapter. The topic of discussion was implementing clinical governance in reducing risks and improving outcomes and Dr JV Peter, Director – CMC Vellore presented a talk on governance to practice – lessons learnt from pharmacy & ICU. Another insightful presentation on measuring hospital performance was given by Dr R Anand, Associate Dean, KMC – Mangalore.

After this, Prof Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director – Apollo Hospitals spoke about clinical outcomes and performance. The next session on models of care with community reach was chaired by Dr Venkatesh Thuppil and Neelakannan, COO KIMS Group of Hospitals. Rev Dr Mathew Abraham, Director General – Catholic Health Association of India spoke about CHAI’s approach to provide affordable care. Following this, Dr R D Ravindran, Director Aravind Eye, Madurai presented the world renowned case study Aravind Model as taught at Harvard.

The two day event ended with the most awaited valedictory function. Dr M Beena ( IAS), Managing Director- KSIDC was the chief guest of the evening. The function started with the launch of KPMG-AHPI Hospital Agility Program followed by a brief about the program by Dr KK Raman. This was followed by the launch of PHFI-AHPI-NHSRC certificate course in healthcare quality program and Dr Sandeep Bhalla briefly spoke about the benefits of the programe.

The AHPI State chapter of Tamil Nadu and Kerala were felicitated during the function along with KPMG for their distinguished service in healthcare and Microlabs for their support to AHPI Global Conclave 2018. Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman Narayana Health delivered the Valedictory Address. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr Girdhar Gyani, DG – AHPI.


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