Med­i­cal tourism on agenda for CPA Congress speaker

Fiji Sun - - Business - RACHNA LAL rach­nal@fi­

Med­i­cal tourism has been a much talked-about at both in­dus­try level and Gov­ern­ment level but not much progress has been seen in this area. Now we will have an ex­pert talk about this sub­ject area at the 2016 CPA Congress which gets un­der­way on Thurs­day at Shangri-La’s Fi­jian Re­sort on Yanuca Is­land. Dr Hari Prasad, Pres­i­dent – Hos­pi­tal Di­vi­sion at Apollo Hospi­tals in In­dia, will talk on the topic: ‘The Ideal In­fras­truc­ture for Health Care - Tap­ping the Un­tapped Med­i­cal Tourism’. As Group Pres­i­dent, Dr Prasad heads the en­tire hos­pi­tal di­vi­sion of the Apollo Hospi­tals Group which is the largest health­care group in In­dian sub-con­ti­nent and op­er­ates 9200 beds across 64 hospi­tals. Born into a med­i­cal fam­ily, a grad­u­ate de­gree in medicine was a nat­u­ral out­come.

Hav­ing grad­u­ated the search for spe­cial­i­sa­tion be­gan and the pull was to­wards the glam­our spe­cial­i­ties like or­thopaedics and car­diac surgery.

How­ever, not want­ing to get re­stricted to one spe­cial­ity and want­ing to con­trib­ute over a larger area, anes­the­si­ol­ogy be­came the spe­cial­ity of choice.

Hav­ing spe­cialised in anes­the­si­ol­ogy, Dr Prasad worked in at the fam­ily hos­pi­tal for four years be­fore em­bark­ing on a jour­ney to con­trib­ute to the es­tab­lish­ment of emer­gency medicine as a spe­cial­ity In­dia. At that point of time, there was no con­cept of emer­gency medicine in the coun­try and few be­lieved in the ben­e­fits of the new spe­cial­ity.

It was at this point of time that, Dr Prasad joined the Apollo Group of Hospi­tals and con­trib­uted to the launch of the first ever ded­i­cated ac­ci­dent & emer­gency hos­pi­tal in the coun­try at Hy­der­abad.


Un­der his guid­ance and lead­er­ship, the first ever emer­gency sys­tem in In­dia be­came op­er­a­tional at Hy­der­abad in the year 2000. As Di­rec­tor of Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Dr Prasad took this across 12 ma­jor cities in In­dia and cre­ated a net­work de­liv­er­ing con­sis­tent stan­dards of care in each city. This model has sub­se­quently be­come the na­tional model with many states in­tro­duc­ing EMS in part­ner­ship with dif­fer­ent pri­vate play­ers. In 2003, Dr Prasad was pro­moted as Vi­cePres­i­dent of Apollo Hospi­tals, Hy­der­abad.

Re­spon­si­ble for a net­work of eight fa­cil­i­ties in Hy­der­abad, Dr Prasad de­vel­oped an in­te­grated hub and spoke model in Hy­der­abad.

This model once again is the first of its kind in the coun­try by a pri­vate health­care provider. In 2006, Dr Prasad was pro­moted as the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. Since 2006, Apollo Hospi­tals, Hy­der­abad has been con­sis­tently voted as the best hos­pi­tal in the re­gion and has evolved into a health city – Apollo Health City, the first op­er­a­tional health city in Asia. Dr Prasad was pro­moted as the CEO Cen­tral Re­gion of Apollo Group of Hospi­tals. He was then re­spon­si­ble for Apollo Hospi­tals across Andhra Pradesh, Kar­nataka and Orissa. His area of op­er­a­tions in­cludes 2000 beds spread across 15 fa­cil­i­ties in these three states. Stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of process and sys­tems, cre­at­ing a sense of be­long­ing and team work across the re­gion have been some of the crit­i­cal achieve­ments in this role. With an en­riched back­ground and many suc­cesses to his credit, Dr Prasad now heads the en­tire hos­pi­tal di­vi­sion of the Apollo Hospi­tals Group.

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