AAPI’s CEO Forum identifies tangible ways to develop better healthcare delivery in Rajasthan

Dr. Kiran Patel commits, Rs. 1,000 crore, wants to establish a Medical College in Rajasthan

Udaipur, India – December 30, 2016: “I am willing to invest two hundred crore Rupees in Rajasthan,” Dr. Kiran Patel declared at the prestigious CEO Forum and Leadership Meeting as part of the 10th annual Global Healthcare Summit at the Radisson Blu Hotel auditorium, Udaipur, India on December 28, 2016. With additional investments from the banks, Dr. Patel said, the total investment could be upto Rs. 1,000 crores in the state of Rajasthan. Sharing his own experiences of investing in the state of Gujarat and in the United states, Dr. Patel, a pioneering Cardiologist of Indian origin said, with the state requiring more trained personnel to support the growing needs, he is willing to establish a Medical College in Rajasthan.

Organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the powerful panel was represented by CEOs of major hospitals, teaching institutions and healthcare sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical devices and technology from around the world, exploring potential opportunities for collaboration. Healthcare CEO’s shared their experiences and best practices generating a white paper for recommendation to MOH and GOI for broader implementation. Areas of ongoing skill training, investment in infrastructure, modernizing healthcare delivery, and private-public collaboration specific to the state of Rajasthan in the healthcare sector were discussed and specific plans were laid, which will be sent in a White Paper report for follow up in the coming months.

In his welcome address, Dr. Ajay Lodha summarized some of the achievements of the Global healthcare Summit in the past decade. “Global Healthcare Summit held annually in India across the states in partnership with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), and Medical Council of India (MCI), with the cooperation from the Ministry of Health and Overseas Indian Affairs, has come to be recognized for the many initiatives it has given birth to and the numerous joint recommendations of the standard of care for major diseases affecting the people of India,” he said.

More than 50 opinion leaders and expert speakers drawn from major centers of excellence, institutions and professional associations from across the globe addressed the delegates at the Summit. The esteemed panel of speakers included,  Hon. Home Minister, Rajasthan, Shri Gulab Chandji Kataria; Hon. Minister for Health, Rajasthan, Shri Kali Charanji Saraf; Ms. Veenu Gupta, Principal Sec. Health; Dr. D.P. Singh, RNT Medical College; D.G. Shah, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance; Dr. Sudharshan jain of Abbott; Dean Runetta, Indian Embassy, New Delhi; Neil Simon, President of AUI; Shubnum Singh, MAX MIHR; Wendy Brandon, CEO Central Florida Regional Hospital; Dr. Raja Babu Panwar, RUHS; Dr. Mahesh Mishra, AIIMS; Dr. Shakti Gupta, AIIMS; Dr. Prof. Bipin Batra, NBE; Prof. Dr. G. G. Gangadharan; Dr. VijaydeepSiddharth, AIIMS; Dr. Vijay Tadia, AIIMS; Dr. Angel Ranjan Singh, AIIMS; Dr. Ramesh Joshi, Host. Org. Secretary; Dr. Ajay Lodha, President of AAPI; Dr. Gautam Samadder, President Elect; Dr. Naresh Parikh, Vice President; Dr. Manju Sachdev, Treasurer; Dr. Madhu Aggarwal, Chair, Board of Trustees; and Dr. SampatShivangi.  The panel was moderated by Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor of AAPI.

Veenu Gupta, Principal Sec. Health, state of Rajasthan gave a detailed presentation on the inititiaves by the government of Rajasthan in the healthcare sector and the potential areas of collaboration between the state and NRIs.

During a special presentation with Special Focus on Patient Centric Model, Dr. Sudharhan Jain stressed the need for India to have a patient centric approach and about the implications, challenges and the lessons learned. Another important discussion on advances and recent developments on Medical Tourism and how the state of Rajasthan can utilize the infrastructure to attract people from around the world.

Hon. Home Minister, Rajasthan, Shri Gulab Chandji Kataria applauded the achievements and contributions of Indian American physicians in the healthcare field in the United States and for their love for their motherland, which has made them come back to make a positive difference in the healthcare delivery system in India. Describing physicians of Indian origin as “most required Indians,” the Minister urged AAPI to identify ways to make healthcare reach the remotest villages in the state of Rajasthan. “If AAPI wants to establish or offer any educational opportunities in the state of Rajasthan, I commit my full cooperation in the areas of continuing medical education,” he said.

During his address, Hon. Minister for Health, Rajasthan, Shri Kali Charanji Saraf, presented an overview of the healthcare needs of the state and suggested ways AAPI could collaborate with the government of Rajasthan. “I pledge my support and commit myself towards the achievement of AAPI’s worthy goals. I am quite certain that with your expertise and the skills that you possess we shall be able to achieve many goals that we have set forth.”

Dr. Ajay Lodha said, “The past Summits have helped develop strategic alliances with various organizations. It is these learning and relationships that have now enabled us to plan ahead and prepare for this outstanding event that has already received confirmation from very passionate Indian Americans who are very passionate about serving their homeland, Mother India.” For additional information on AAPI and its Global Healthcare Summit, please visit: www.aapiusa.org;  www.aapighsindia.org

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