“Deliberations over Disruption & Opportunities in Healthcare take centre stage at ISB’s inaugural HealthScape 2020”

Hydrabad: The inaugural edition of ISB HealthScape 2020 – a healthcare conference organised by the Indian School of Business’s two academic programmes – the Advanced Management Programme for Healthcare (AMPH) and the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) – under the mentorship of ISB’s Max Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM) was successfully concluded. Focused on the theme of ‘Healthcare Innovations in the new Normal’ . The conference brought together 3 IAS officers, 10 CXOs and academicians to deliberate on the disruption and opportunities in various facets of healthcare.

Prof Sarang Deo, Executive Director, MIHM at ISBwhile setting the context of the conclave remarked, “Everybody has been impacted and touched by the changes in the health sector this year. There has been unparalleled acceleration in health tech and new products and business models have been emerging. This seems to be the correct time to step back and look at the landscape of this sector. It is wonderful to see how the students from the AMPH and PGP have come together, bringing both the insider and the outsider perspective on table.”

The keynote address was delivered by Mrs.Suchitra M Ella, Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech Internationalwho shared the story of Bharat Biotech. About the pandemic, she said, “The entire life sciences sector in India will have to pool all our resources in order to ensure that we as a country have these vaccines, not only for ourselves but also for the rest of the world. We have shown in the past few months what India can do and given how Hyderabad is the pharma and vaccine capital of India, I am sure, we will bring the best of the vaccine to our country and the world.”

Following the keynote was the first panel discussion on “Learning from disruption for health system strengthening” which hadMr. Jayesh Ranjan,IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries, Government of Telangana;Mr. Bhaskar Katamneni, IAS, Commissioner, Health and Family Welfare & Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Andhra Pradesh; and Dr. Darez Ahamed, IAS, ED – Guidance Tamil Nadu, Government of Tamil Nadu sharing the success stories of their response to pandemic and how they leveraged the existing resources to strengthen the health system in their respective states. This session was moderated by Prof Vijaya Sunder M, Clinical Assistant Professor, Operations Management, ISB.

The second panel discussed “Healthcare business model innovation for the new normal” and brought together Dr. Avinash Nanivadekar, Head Radiologist & Chief Digital Officer, Ruby Hall Clinic; Mr. Santosh Marathe, COO & Unit Head, ApolloHospitals; Mr. Sandeep Makkar, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical India; and Dr. Nita Sachan, VP – Investments, Endiya Partnerswho discussed the latest innovations in healthcare business models.

In the third and the last leg of discussions, Mr. Vaibhav Tewari, Co-founder and COO, Portea Medical; Mr. Sandeep Lakshmipathy, Director Software (Edison AI Platform), GE Healthcare; Mr. Rahul Chatterjee, Chief Growth Officer, iKure TechSoft; Mr. John Axerio-Cilies, CEO & Cofounder, Arterys; and Mr. Arpan Malhotra, India Business Head – Diagnostics, Siemens HealthcarePvt. Ltd. discussed the opportunities for using AI/ML as a medium/tool for improving healthcare solutions, efficacy of platform-based solutions, evolving regulations in the sector, telemedicine, and end-user acceptance.

The conference brought together over 600 professionals from the healthcare industry, including doctors, healthtech startups, academicians, and pharma professionals. While concluding the conference, Prof Ramabhadran Thirumalai, Associate Professor (Practice), Finance & Senior Associate Dean – PGP & YLP at ISB said, “This conference has aptly focused on taking a pause to assess learnings of the past as well as build on what we popularly call the “new normal”. The discussions included learnings in the public health – an area that was spotlighted due to the pandemic. As we look ahead, I call upon you to focus your energies in looking for solutions in healthcare which is the need of the hour.”