Organisers of an overseas trade mission aimed at promoting British healthcare innovations in India have hailed its success.
A group comprising representatives from three NHS trusts and 11 UK healthcare companies took part in the trip, with the aim of seeking commercial opportunities to work with the Indian healthcare industry.
The mission was led by Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England; Sarah Wilkinson, chief executive of NHS Digital, and Deborah Kobewka, managing director of Healthcare UK.
Ms Kobewka said: “This was remarkably successful mission, supported by our VIPs, where carefully selected UK companies and NHS Trusts had specific requests for their services from most of the Indian healthcare companies we met in the three cities.”
The delegation met senior healthcare leaders from private and government sectors in a series of round table discussions, seminars and networking receptions in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
In total, the group met more than 250 potential customers during the visit, taking the opportunity to explain how British innovations can help them achieve cost savings, increase patient access in remote areas and provide more personalised healthcare solutions.
Healthcare UK has said it is optimistic that some excellent collaborations and business ventures will be realised off the back of the trade mission.
A highlight of the trip saw the delegation take part in the India-UK Createch 2018 Summit in Mumbai last month.
Speaking during the trip, Sir Malcolm said: “It is an honour to be here in India to champion innovation in healthcare. 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.”
According to figures compiled by accountancy firm KPMG suggest India’s healthcare market will grow to US$280 billion by 2020. The country’s ageing population and the dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases, particularly diabetes and heart disease, are fuelling the need for innovative healthcare solutions.