AAPI’s 15th Annual Global Summit concludes with focus on preventive healthcare in India

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The healthcare industry in India is at a very important juncture. It is poised on the brink of a transformation, as it adopts new approaches, including technology, to help consumers manage their health in a better manner. Preventive healthcare is becoming an area of focus in most countries, and India is no different.

With fast-paced lifestyle diseases like diabetes, thyroid, hypertension, heart disease is occurring at a very fast pace. Moreover, the rise in the prevalence of chronic and non-communicable diseases in the country is another major cause for concern and is consequently boosting preventive healthcare trends in the country. Also, the cost-effective nature of preventive healthcare has made it more adaptable for a country like India.

With this as the central focus, the 15th edition of the annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS), which was organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), concluded in Hyderabad with a commitment to continue efforts towards improving preventive care in India.

The GHS 2022 was inaugurated by Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who addressed virtually the hundreds of participants from the United States and India at Avasa Hotel in Hyderabad on January 5.

Naidu told the hundreds of delegates in a recorded inaugural message stated that the Indian-origin physicians in the United States have gained a formidable reputation and that several of them occupy the top administrative positions in the country.

During the event, AAPI has committed itself to collaborate with the federal, state, and local governments, healthcare and technology industries, as well as with several not-for-profit organizations, to help India make health delivery accessible, affordable and efficient.

Preventive Healthcare has always been advocated as a crucial part of a population health approach which includes preventive medicine, clinical preventive services, and screening tests.

It helps in the early detection and prevention of serious diseases and medical problems before they become chronic/major. Healthcare industries across many countries all over the world are at a crucial and transformational stage where “Preventive Healthcare” is becoming an area of focus.

Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, the President of AAPI, said, “During the 15th annual Global Healthcare Summit, organized in Hyderabad, India from January 5th to 7th, 2022, physician leaders from the United States and India had an opportunity to brainstorm and explore ways to focus on the theme, “Transformation of Healthcare through Telehealth and Technology usage during this post-Covid Era,” and have recommended possible ways to plan and implement preventive medicine that will save resources and precious human lives.”

She added, “AAPI is urging the Government of India to appoint an expert panel of nationally recognized experts in the disciplines of preventive medicine and primary care.”

From its end, the Indian Government has introduced several initiatives like Health for All and The National Health Assurance Mission which aims at achieving universal access to equitable, affordable, and quality healthcare services that are accountable and responsive to the citizen’s needs in order to ease the burden of chronic diseases.

These initiatives are being pivoted towards early prevention, screening, early intervention, and introducing new consultation and treatment platforms thereby facilitating better patient outcomes.

Dr. Satheesh Kathula, Secretary of AAPI, said, “AAPI is collaborating with Global Teleclinics (GTC) to carry out this project in 5 states including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.”

“It will be expanded to other states in India eventually. The tests will include CBC, HbA1C, lipid profile, creatinine, pulse oximetry, measurement of blood pressure, height, and weight. 150-200 people are screened in each village in one day. There is an opportunity to screen a total of up to 15,000 people in 75 villages across 5 states,” he added.

The CEO Forum, chaired by Dr. Joseph Chalil had a galaxy of CEOs from India and the United States, who shared their insights into the challenges and opportunities for making healthcare affordable, using modern technology and scientific research, Sangita Reddy, Joint MD of Apollo Hospitals group and incoming Chairman of FICCI, praised AAPI’s efforts to help India through its Healthcare Summits in making policies in healthcare delivery more effective.

“AAPI, under the guidance of President Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, would like to collaborate with the healthcare leaders in proposing the creation of an Indian Preventive Task Force (IPTF). We envision a great future for our country with the direct result of complex interactions at this forum with your assistance, guidance, and experience,” said Dr. Chalil.

“The next edition of the Global Healthcare Summit 2023 will be held in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in the first week of January in 2023,” Dr. Ravi Kolli, President-Elect of AAPI announced.

“With the changing trends and statistics in healthcare, both in India and US, we are refocusing our mission and vision, AAPI will continue to make a positive meaningful impact on the healthcare delivery system both in the US and in India,” Dr. Gotimukula said.

The preventive healthcare sector in India is on a rising curve specifically in urban and semi-urban areas. This growing market is offering tremendous opportunities to healthcare players of the country to move towards new approaches and adopt new technologies and innovation to improve preventive healthcare models like patient empowerment and better patient engagement models.