Pune: Technological advances are present in nearly every aspect of medicine – from advanced equipment to even monitoring and connectivity. Telehealth too, has made huge strides and has taken the global healthcare industry by storm. In this context, Ruby Hall Clinic along with its technology partner Tata Communications, a leading global provider of network, cloud, mobility, security and collaboration services, organised a seminar ‘Hello Healthcare’ recently in Pune City focusing on corporate health. Mr. Shiv Khera, famous U.S. based author of International Bestseller ‘You Can Win’, sold over 3.5 million copies, was one of the key speakers at the event. Also, Dr. Adam Powell, Healthcare Economist and President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, Boston, U.S.A. connected via webinar to share his experience with the audience. The event was attended by over 150 top management and Human Resource representatives from many national and multi-national companies.
There was also a stimulating and insightful panel discussion with Mr. Rajneesh Malviya, VP and Centre Head, Infosys, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, GTT and Nasscom, Mr. Subodh Bhave, Head, Safety and Health, TCS, Mr. Vishal Agarwal, MD, Avaya India, Dr. B.S. Ratta, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist, Ruby Hall Clinic and Dr. Purvez Grant, Chief Cardiologist and Managing Trustee, Ruby Hall Clinic.
Poised to cross the two hundred crore mark by 2020, the Indian telemedicine market is one of the fastest growing in the world and if tapped correctly, can have an immensely positive effect. Explaining more about the success model of telemedicine in the U.S.A., as well as potential benefits to corporations and India, Dr. Adam Powell, Healthcare Economist and President of Payer+Provider Syndicate, Boston, U.S.A. said, “Telemedicine can be compared to a hub-spoke system wherein specialists at central hubs are connected to smaller centres in rural areas as well as at corporations. The U.S.A. has successfully implemented app and kiosk-based solutions which enable 24/7 access to experts for a number of specialities. While a Willis Towers Watson survey found that only 11% of corporations adopted telemedicine practices at their workplaces in 2012, the number rose to 64% in 2016, and is projected to grow to 92% by 2018. I see the same growth potential for Indian corporations as well.”
In an engaging talk, Shiv Khera said, “Telemedicine has the power to reach the unreachable and touch the inaccessible in a timely and cost-effective manner. This proactive approach ultimately translates to a positive shift of the country’s economy. While technology and knowledge constantly need to be updated, there is tremendous opportunity if you rise to the challenge. However, even the best technology won’t work unless the right people are behind it. Moreover, trust and accountability are two factors which are also immensely important.”
Mr. Bomi Bhote, CEO, Ruby Hall Clinic concluded, “We are surrounded by products and services that help us get the things we need and want – faster, easier, and, in some cases, cheaper than just a few years ago. With telemedicine, we should expect no less. Truly, virtual care is a game changer. It is set to be the solution to better health and our association with Tata Communications as our technology partner has made this possible. With our Virtual Clinics, we atRuby Hall Clinic can look to our rich history and tap a wealth of experience as a leading provider of health management and corporate wellness solutions. And it is this very inspiration that continues to drive our hospital to help organisations of all sizes maintain a lasting and positive healthy workplace that translates into healthy people and healthy profits.”
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