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Healthcare leadership summit Ayusmat 2024 hosted by General Management for Healthcare Executives programme participants on 9th March

Summit brings together members of healthcare industry to facilitate exchange of knowledge and drive collaboration amongst practitioners

11 March, 2024, Bengaluru: The participants of the General Management for Healthcare Executives (GMHE) programme offered by IIM Bangalore hosted the healthcare leadership summit ‘Ayusmat’ on 9th March 2024 at the IIMB campus. The fourth edition of Ayusmat was themed on, 'Changing Paradigms in Healthcare-inspiring Solutions for a Healthier World'.

The summit brought together global healthcare luminaries, practitioners and policymakers for discussions on emerging trends, technological breakthroughs and sustainable solutions shaping the healthcare landscape. From engaging keynote addresses and eminent talks to panel sessions, the summit offered an ideal platform for collaboration, learning and networking. Some of the topics covered at the summit were leadership challenges in healthcare; enhancing healthcare delivery; technological trends/advancements in healthcare; emergence of healthcare start-ups, and addressing healthcare needs for underserved populations at the bottom of the pyramid.

Ayusmat 2024 was inaugurated by Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore; Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Health Enterprises Private Limited (MHEPL); and GMHE Program Directors Prof. Haritha Saranga, Chairperson, Sustainability Taskforce and faculty of the Production & Operations Management area of IIMB and Prof. Ashok Thampy, Chairperson of the one-year, full-time MBA for experienced professionals Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management and faculty of the Finance & Accounting area of IIMB. 

In his welcome address, Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan pointed out that in the dynamic healthcare sector, technology and innovative management strategies were essential. “There is a growing need to equip professionals with essential skills to navigate complexities. By fostering leadership and embracing disruptive technologies, we aim to bridge the gaps in healthcare and drive excellence in today's dynamic landscape."

The Chief Guest Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal delivered the keynote address on, ‘Paradigm Shifts in Healthcare’. Discussing digitalizing healthcare with affordable accessibility to remote monitoring and ICU services, he said, "Embracing digitization and wellness-focused care, we are preparing for the future where quality outcomes and patient experience would be prioritized. From robotic surgeries to telemedicine innovations, integrating technology will help in reducing costs and hospital stays by 30%, while empowering medical professionals to prioritize prevention and early treatment. The future of healthcare is here, and it is transformative."

Addressing the audience on, ‘The Way Ahead for the Digital Mission’, Praveen Sharma, Director, Monitoring and Research, National Health Authority, Government of India, said, "The Indian Government is thriving in the digital healthcare system, creating an IT infrastructure with Aadhaar based KYC. The Ayushman Bharat (AB) scheme has been instrumental in democratizing affordability and accessibility of healthcare services. It has positively impacted the lives of underprivileged people in rural India by providing major healthcare services at zero cost. With 32.40 million cardholders, the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) is world's largest health assurance scheme with secondary and tertiary care.”

The other talks in this year’s summit delved into diverse topics including: ‘Effectiveness of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare'; ‘Small Hospitals, Big Impact: Navigating Feasibility in the Era of Corporate Giants’; ‘Touch-Trust-Technology’ and ‘ABDM: Its Way Forward’.

The panel discussions at the summit explored topics like, ‘Changing Leadership, Organizations and Paradigms in Healthcare’; ‘Delivering Healthcare for the Bottom of Pyramid By Service Excellence’; ‘Technological Trends in Healthcare and its Uses’ and ‘Innovative Healthcare Financing Models’.