Medical tourism on agenda for CPA Congress speaker
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.