The Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO) organised an international conference on health technology CAHOTECH -2017 on September 23, at National Institute of Advanced Studies, IIS campus, Bangalore. The event was organised with the vision to introduce newer and better technology solutions for hospitals.
The conference was attended by around 200 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.
“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.
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 Enterprise gave a very interesting talk on next gen robotics for 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.
CAHOTECH 2017 was a great success. This event was well attended by senior representatives of hospitals, start-ups and technology companies alike. Accompanying trade exhibition displayed latest technologies from start-ups and medical technology companies. Some of the participants were, Stasis lab, Medblaze and Maxlife India.