Technology is changing, changing the face of modern medicine : Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan

Technology is changing, changing the face of modern medicine : Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan
Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; felicitating Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon'ble Governor of Telangana; as Mr. Etela Rajender, Hon'ble Minister for Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Telangana; Ms Shobana Kamineni, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group and Dr Sangita Reddy, Jt. Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, look on, at the valedictory of the the two-day International Patient Safety Conference & International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with IT, hosted by Apollo Hospitals Group, on Saturday at HICC.

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Hyderabad, September 14, 2019 : Apollo Hospitals Group’s International Health Dialogue, which comprises of International Patient Safety Conference; and Transforming Healthcare with IT conference, concluded today. Governor of Telangana Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, was the Chief Guest,  at the valedictory, also present were Guest of Honour Mr. Etela Rajender, Minister for Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Telangana; Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; Ms Shobana Kamineni, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group and Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals;  today at HICC Novotel.

Speaking
on the occasion Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan said, this is the first program I am attending as the
Governor of Telangana and delighted that it is a conference of healthcare
professionals. It’s a honour to be present and address a International Medical
Conference.

He said, as a medical doctor, I have been aware of the need that patients
in India should have access to the latest and the best of the medical
technology that is available. The World’s largest government funded healthcare
scheme Ayushman Bharat,
is growing from strength to strength in
fulfilment of government’s commitment to make healthcare accessible to all the
Indians. Our Health Minister of Telangana State, stated that the unplanned
expenditure is the healthcare expenditure, but as a Doctor I can say even the
Healthcare expenditure can be planned by health insurance schemes.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan said, The Health Insurance schemes will enable to get the maximum
healthcare and I laud the Government of India for bringing out the Ayushman
Bharat. As a medical student who gained the training at the District of
Tanjavur, I realised for want of few hundred they sacrificed so many lives of
the village people. So that makes me to appreciate Government of India for
bringing out schemes like  Ayushman
Bharat. It is indeed heartening to see medical conferences on an international
scale being organised with representation from the medical profession from half
of the world. I am sure that the exchange of knowledge that will take place and
the exposure to latest developments in medicine will help as the world will opt
for doctors with skills to develop best care to the patients.

He said, Technology is changing,
changing the world we live in, more over healthcare is an area that has
potential to benefit from technology. It can transform healthcare, today we
have digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality,
augmented reality, 3D Printing, robotics, nano technology, which are changing
the face of modern medicine. It is essential for Indian doctors to familiarise
with the latest developments in order to be able to control the technology. As
a practicing sonologist and foetal therapist I have seen the evolvement of technology
in the medical field. Initially the ultrasound machines were bigger in size,
now we have handy machines and the diagnosis is more accessible and easy.
Initially as a medical student, I would struggle to get  the vein for transmission, if we get the
vein, we would be very happy and celebrate the occasion, so getting a vein
itself was difficult in olden days and as a student  I used to struggle a lot. But as a foetal
therapist, after my training in foetal therapy at Kerala, I have addressed
foetal vein through ultrasound guidance, that is the evolvement of technology.

Dr. Soundararajan said, India has a rich history of contribution to the field of medicine,
Sushruta known as the father of modern medicine and father of plastic surgery
invented and developed surgical procedures that has considerable knowledge of
relevance even today and laid down the foundation of Auyurveda, the classical
medical system of India. It is hoped that conferences like this serve as a
platform for doctors from foreign countries to gain exposure about our ancient
science. Indian culture always places great importance on taking care of
guests, for hospitals patients are special guests who need to be taken care of
with great love and complete attention. I am therefore happy to see a conference
dedicated to patient safety and Information Technology in Health care. The
patient safety is a problem not just for India, but also major issue for
developed countries, if it is taken care off we can save on money and that can
be spent to address better facilities and make care affordable and accessible.
Let’s best use technology to address patient safety, as well as fight the
rising problem of non communicable diseases, which are a big challenge to our
country and to the world, this is a pledge we all need to take.

Patient
safety is the fundamental cornerstone of health services

Mr. Etela Rajender said, I am at International Patient Safety
Conference
; and Transforming Healthcare with IT conference,
being hosted in Hyderabad. I am confident that these two conferences will find
solutions to help to transform healthcare delivery. Patient safety is the
fundamental cornerstone of health services and this event is an excellent
opportunity to discuss on progress, confabulate and plan together on how we all
can work towards contributing better healthcare. Let me take this opportunity
to underline Telangana government’s effort and plans in the area of healthcare,
the state is working towards developing a healthy Telangana through an
effective and modern health care model with a mission of ensuring good health
for all.

Mr.
Rajender
said,Telanagana is fast emerging as a
leader in the country by implementing first of its kind and effective
healthcare initiatives.  Today
I am proud to say that Telangana state has some of the finest healthcare
schemes that are appreciated and adopted by others across the country, some of
which are included in the national health mission plans. It’s the aim of
Telanagana government to take the healthcare to every household. Telanagana
government has taken initiave to boost the healthcare, the Arogyasri program,
KCR kits are examples of our commitment, in this regard many more initiatives
are in the offing like health profile of people of the state through health
check up will be done. Simultaneously standalone health schemes are in the form
Telanagana dialysis, regular check up for pregnant women.

He said, We want healthcare stakeholders to come forward to partner with the
Telangana government in framing patient safety policies. Everything is an
expected expenditure, the only unexpected expenditure is on the healthcare. We
should work to provide access of quality healthcare to the poorest of the poor
in the state. We want Telangana to be Bangaru Telangana and healthy
Telangana. 

Obesity  is rising rapidly in India

Dr. Prathap C Reddy said, As far as technology is concerned, medical technology has always
grown fast but what we have not seen was medical technology as an aid for
managing the quality of care for patients, which gained greater importance call
it AI of healthcare. I am happy to say that healthcare has seen many changes,
to an extent the private sector handles 2/3 of the patients. With what we
learnt we will will work with the government, what you learnt we will
assimilate and work with you where ever possible, this cooperation can do
wonders for the patient and the country.

World Economic Forum made a statement 3 years ago that 80 mn deaths will be because of NCD, the five NCDs are cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, infections, diabetes, to these five I will add obesity, which is rising rapidly in India and are over coming many countries. During the course of this conference we brought awareness to these NCDs. In India 59% of the deaths are from NCDs. In advanced countries it is 40%. We launched Apollo Pro Health yesterday to avoid preventable deaths and will make a significant difference to the health of the people and the country.     

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