Medica Superspecialty Hospital Kolkata and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized Health Tech 2018 (a Summit, bringing together technologies applicable in healthcare on one platform) from 8th-11th March 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, Kolkata.
The conference was inaugurated by DrAlok Roy, Chairman Medica Group of Hospitals and Past President, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mr Deb A Mukherjee, Vice President, BCCI, and Managing Director, Cenergist Energy Private Limited. Dr Roy opened the summit with a short talk on the permeation of technology into every aspect of healthcare and the growing dependence on it. Mr Mukherjee gave the welcome address setting the tone for the interesting sessions to come in the next three days. He also moderated the first session of the summit which had Mr Moloy Banerjee (Head, South Asia, Linde Gases Division) and Archil Dzuliashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of India, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Government of Georgia as the speakers.
The next three days focused on cutting edge technologies in healthcare including Robotics, Analytics, Tele Medicine and the role of Artificial Intelligence. The speakers and panelists debated the pros and cons of the growing influence of technology on healthcare, and its future. They discussed how technology in healthcare is gaining popularity with passing time and improving with scientific advancements. Speakers included eminent personalities with healthcare backgrounds – administrators, Doctors and Information Technology personnel.
From electronic records in the doctor’s office to robotic instruments in the operating room, information technology is now redefining how healthcare functions in our society. Use of healthcare mobile applications is fast becoming a norm. According to industry estimates, about 500 million smartphone users worldwide would have used a healthcare application by 2015, and by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications. Health Tech aimed to address these areas of development by bringing together experts who discussed, debated, demonstrated and explored new avenues of advancements in this field.
The summit featured International Participation, B2b Pavilion, Seminars and Exhibitions. The objectives were to:
- To showcase and demonstrate best-in-class technology solutions, tailor-made for the healthcare sector
- To promote & showcase medical devices/equipment
- Provide the opportunity for B2B meetings involving industry professionals
- An ideal platform to introduce new products & applications
- Opportunity to meet business partners under one roof
- Explore new business opportunities
- Provide a platform to enhance brand image and build awareness
- Provide a chance to evaluate the competition