Introduction

India’s healthcare industry today is at an inflection point and is witnessing major digital transformation. The whole industry is growing at a CAGR of 22% and is projected to reach $372 billion by 2022 on the back of growing and ageing population, economic development, increasing health awareness and Covid induced consumer and behavioral changes. The embedment of AI & related digital solutions is expected to rapidly empower the patient care continuum, both inside and outside of the hospital. Health Enterprises are also investing in innovative services and creating low cost digital & device solutions that believe in the outcome of creating affordability to the masses, and not just specific pockets of the population. For example, Microsoft has tied up with organizations like Narayana Health, Forus Health, Apollo Hospitals, SRL Diagnostics to cover a broad range of use cases from diabetic retinopathy to histopathology – all of the diseases, which will now leverage analytics at scale, in-order to improve patient outcomes.

Despite such advancements, India’s healthcare system continues to combat a plethora of challenges such as the lack of scalable infrastructure, shortage of efficient and trained manpower. The outbreak of pandemic has questioned the foundation of India’s healthcare system. There is a gap of 0.35 doctors, 0.8 nurses and 2.1 hospital beds per 1000 population as recommended by WHO. India has the lowest spend as a proportion of GDP on healthcare (In 2020-21, India spent 1.8% of its GDP on healthcare), while US spends over 16%, Japan, Canada, Germany etc. spend over 10% of their GDP on healthcare. There is also a huge disparity, in terms of infrastructure and quality of care, across states and rural-urban settings. About 75% of India’s population living outside urban cities has access to only 31.5% hospitals and 16% hospital beds.

These glaring gaps are expected to be addressed and aided by digital health solutions, and the use of technologies that improve accessibility. As per Edge Insights, the healthcare sector has attracted more than $10 billion investments from private equity investors and IT spend of the sector is expected to be $790 mn in 2021, an increase of 73% from last year.

To discuss the experiences of various stakeholders and learn the lessons to face challenges of the future, VCCircle is organising the 13th edition of the Healthcare Investment Summit on Novemebr 17, 2021 on a virtual platform.


Agenda

9:00 AM onwards
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Registration

  • 9:30 AM – 9:40 AM

    Opening Address

  • 9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

    Keynote Address: Paving the way towards quality & affordable healthcare

    The gap in access to healthcare is changing the landscape of healthcare infrastructure and revolutionizing the digital healthcare technological aspect of healthcare delivery in India. Digital healthcare such as telemedicine, mHealth, EHR/EMR systems, healthcare Analytics etc. are improving the access and quality of care. The demand for digital health is increasing, as it continues to position itself as a way to bridge the gap between physicians and patients. The digital health market is projected to grow by ~13x to become a $16 bn opportunity by FY25. The segment was already picking up Indian market, however, with government initiatives such as implementation of NDHM and State Telemedicine Network, the total number of investments now continue to grow at a geometrical rate.

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Panel Discussion 1: Building resilient healthcare supply chains

    The outbreak of pandemic has underscored the importance of healthcare supply chain as the healthcare sector faced several challenges. Healthcare providers were left in dark as they mostly relied on just-in-time procurement strategies and were unable to predict critical supply shortages or find alternative solutions due to lack of industry-wide data sharing. How the access of right data, right supply-chain strategies and management practices can help to optimize scarce resources, alleviate shortages, and expand capacity quickly?

  • 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

    Fireside Chat: The Advancement of India as a Hub of Diagnostic AI Solutions

    As of 2021, there were around 40+ AI solutioning companies that are fully focused on creating digital solutions that cater to a large segment of medical imaging and diagnostics market across the globe. Companies now focus on Radiology, Pathology, & Genomics related AI solutions, primarily with strong B2B models, are promising to showcase outcomes that deal with physician load optimization, enterprise efficiency, improved patient outcomes. Understanding investment opportunities in this fast growing space, could potentially mean big pay-offs in the future.

  • 10:50 AM – 11:20 AM

    Networking over Tea/Coffee

  • 11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

    Panel Discussion 2: Harnessing data for healthcare and safeguarding the system from cyber threats

    The global healthcare data is expected to grow at a CAGR of 36% by 2025. To make healthcare more equitable, affordable and accessible, there is a need to find ways to unite and generate actionable insights from data. How collaborations and strategic partnerships can harness the data to tackle the issues faced by the sector? With the rise of data, the sector is also increasingly becoming vulnerable to cyber-attacks and frauds. India continues to remain the second-largest country to face cyber-attacks and has already seen a 37% increase in cyber-attacks in November and December of 2020. Moreover, hospitals in India allocate maximum of 5% of their budget which makes them unprepared for cyber-attacks. What are the means to handle the rising cyber threats and data breaches? What actions and initiatives will help the Indian healthcare system to counter cyber-attacks?

  • 11:50 AM – 12:20 PM

    Panel Discussion 3: Healthcare through the investor lens 2021/22

    The Indian healthcare sector is one of the largest sectors in terms of revenue and employment generation. The hospital industry in India, accounting for 80% of the total healthcare market, is witnessing a huge investor demand from both global as well as domestic investors. Given the large population and relatively lower costs, the healthcare industry in India has attracted massive investments to fund advance technology, healthcare delivery, and medical care. What is the current state of healthcare investment landscape in India? What to look-out for whilst evaluating an investment in the healthcare sector? Learning from the experiences of various stakeholders to face challenges of the future.

  • 12:20 PM – 12:40 PM

    Closing Keynote: Shaping the workforce of the future

    Workforce challenges in the healthcare industry, such as staffing shortages in hospital specialties and nursing shortages are evident across the globe. Compounding the problem is a scarcity of next-generation skills to guide and support the transformation to becoming patient-centric, insight-driven, and value-focused organizations. When planning for the future of work, health care organizations will need to assess the physical proximity, automation level, and talent category.

  • 12:40 PM – 12:45 PM

    Closing Remarks

  • 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

    Networking Lunch & End of Conference


Speakers 2021

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Madan Sampath

Country Head of Procurement & Supply Chain - India and Oman, Aster DM Healthcare

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