A delegation representing top British healthcare providers, suppliers, hospitals and trusts has arrived in Delhi ahead of the inaugural India-UK Createch Summit.
Organised by Healthcare UK and the Department for International Trade, the trade mission is being led by Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England.
Over the coming days the 13-strong group will demonstrate to Indian healthcare leaders how they can help achieve cost savings, increase patient access in remote areas and use new technology to provide more personalised healthcare solutions.
Discussions are set to centre on innovation in healthcare and the role of disruptive technologies including wearable sensors, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
While in Delhi the group will attend a Future of Healthcare event with senior management of hospitals, medical institutes, colleges and healthcare companies. They’ll also join a roundtable meeting with 10 chief executives of local hospitals.
After participating in the India-UK Createch Summit tomorrow, the delegation will head to Hyderabad to visit the site of an Apollo Hospital.
Sir Malcolm said: “It is an honour to be here in India to champion innovation in healthcare. As the National Health Service reaches its 70th anniversary year it continues to be ranked amongst the foremost health systems in the world. We are proud of our strong heritage in science and technology development, but we continue to invest in innovation to improve patient care and meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“Through this trade mission, we want to nurture the common and growing interest between India and the UK regarding the latest smart systems and pioneering new healthcare solutions.”
Estimates suggest India’s healthcare market will be worth US $280bn by 2020.
India-UK Createch Summit 2018
Baroness Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, will launch the event alongside His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex. The summit will be the centrepiece of a series of events taking place throughout January and February to promote trade between the UK and India.
By the end of this month, more than 100 British companies from a diverse range of sectors, including the automotive and film industries, will have travelled to India to showcase their products and services in a bid to forge important new trading ties.
Baroness Fairhead said: “The UK is a world leader in the creative and technology industries, and it is inspiring to see the connections between UK and Indian companies, especially in so vibrant a creative hub as Mumbai.
“The opportunities for growth are plenty, and as an international economic department we will continue to use trade missions not only to boost UK exports, but also to help businesses of all sizes forge ties and build relationships with potential buyers and investors.”
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