IHTC is a noted knowledge platform for International Standard Healthcare and Tourism in India. The primary objective is to discuss on acute Technology Issues and Business Challenges currently faced in the Healthcare Sector. It therefore, provide insights on practical knowledge of the latest and most recent developments.

IHTC in partnership with Globetrotters presents the 1st ever ‘International Healthcare Program’ in Kenya from September 7-10, 2017. This will be not only allow the doctors to attend the CME program but also screen pre-diagnosed patients (along with 20 local dedicated Doctors) from the following disciplines;

• Neurology   • Cardiology   • Oncology   • Gynaecology • Nephrology • Orthopaedics • Bariatrics

Why Kenya?

While access to quality health care is a constitutional right, millions of Kenyans cannot afford to pay for health services at public or private clinics. Even with public health insurance available since 1966, only 20% of Kenyans have access to some sort of medical coverage. With the population at over 44 million and rising, it means as many as 35 million Kenyans are excluded from quality health care coverage. In addition, a quarter of total spending on health care comes from out-of-pocket expenses.

Many middle-income economies have prioritised quality in provision of healthcare not only because they want their citizens to get the best healthcare but also to attract revenue to their countries. They export healthcare services in the form of medical tourism- which involves people traveling to another country for medical treatment at lower cost or to enjoy a vacation along with their treatment.

A major step in the right direction in consolidating all the stakeholders involved in all aspects of promoting Medical Tourism in India. IHTC can be the nodal and facilitatory catalyst in achieving the set goals

Dr K S NayakChief Nephrologist - Deccan Hospital, Hyderabad

Delegates were carefully chosen and we found great value in attending a focused well organized event. Though the conference was extremely well organized it could probably just improve in terms of session timelines

Dr. Robert Antony CharlesConsultant – Pediatric Surgeon & Pediatric Urologist, Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Bangalore

A conference worth attending. It was very well organized. Highly reputed and renowned speakers. Looking forward to meet more delegates in the forthcoming versions.

Dr. Girish RaoVice President - Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of India

I am very happy being associated with IHTC. The sessions were thoughtfully placed and the audience were very interactive. IHTC provided a brilliant platform for hospitals. Overall extremely happy with the conference.

Dr. Sudha KamalnathDirector - SAST (Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust), Karnataka

IHTC was a great place to meet open minds and exchange ideas. The event was organized very meticulously. Highly reputed and renowned speakers. Looking forward for the next one.

Dr. Rajesh Babu T.JChairman and Medical Director - Dr. Rajesh Eye Hospital

IHTC 2017 turned out to be a great platform for branding. The Conference was well organized with enticing topics discussed and a good mix of interactive audience. It was great to represent the panel.

Mr. Sunny KuruvillaDeputy Director & Head of the Administration Service – Bangalore Baptist Hospital

IHTC bridges the gap in marketing India as a healthcare tourism destination - both for healthcare & tourism. The conference brought forth the Incredible India experience. I’m very pleased that all international and national delegates enjoyed the sessions and had deep insights into the choices one could make with wisdom and knowledge about quality of skills and quantity of care and compassion that our country could offer. IHTC renewed the confidence in all stakeholders!

Dr. Hema DivakarConsultant OBGYN & Medical Director - Divakar’s Speciality Hospital, Bangalore
The International Healthcare Program, Kenya is supported by:

CME Cardiology:

Dr. Naveen Krishna Kamana

Dr. Naveen Krishna Kamana

Consultant Cardiologist - Star Hospital

CME Neurology:

Dr. P. Venkataswamy

Dr. P. Venkataswamy

MD, DM Consultant Neurologist STAR Hospitals, Hyderabad

CME Oncology:

Dr. Anthony Pais

Dr. Anthony Pais

Senior Consultant - Oncoplastic Breast Surgery


Dr. Ramen Gyanendra Goel

Dr. Ramen Gyanendra Goel

M.B.B.S., M.S., FICS, FIAGES, FALS, Consultant Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeon

Event Highlights

  • Pre-diagnosed patients
  • Screening of 100 patients from each discipline
  • Financial support for selected patients
  • 20 local doctors per discipline
  • Continued Brand Ambassador program
  • Networking opportunities – Meet & Associate
  • CPD/CME Program by some of the renowned speakers/doctors from India.
  • CPD points applied from Kenya Medical Association on approval
  • Free enrolment in IHTC brand ambassador program

Program at a Glance

Date Program
September 7, 2017 CME Program
September 8, 2017 Screening of pre-diagnosed patients
September 9, 2017
September 10, 2017

Opportunity to consult and seek advice from some of the world’s best doctors from India from 7 - 10 September 2017.

Heart: Patients suffering from Cardiomyopathies (diseases that damage the heart muscles),Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes, Diseases of the Heart Valves, Heart Defects present at Birth, High Blood Pressure, Lung Disease such as Emphysema, Past Heart Attacks should avail this opportunity.

Neurology Disorder: Patients suffering from stroke / seizure / epilepsy / vertigo / nerve / muscle problems (Neuropathy / Myopathy) / back pain / neck pain / dementia should avail this opportunity. Cancer: Cancer screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. Screening tests can help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure. Women above 35 should screen themselves for Cervical Cancer.

Gynecology: Screening for probable high risk pregnancy care, post ART pregnancies, neonatal intense care, adolescent clinics, menopause clinics, fibroid of the uterus and infertility issues.

Arthroplasty: Patients suffering from joint replacement, Osteoarthritis , Hip/knee/shoulder/elbow joint replacemen. Ligaments Lengthening and spine surgeries should avail this opportunity.

Ayush: Ayurveda,Yoga,Unani,Siddha,Homeopathy, is considered as alternative medicines. Ayurveda is age old science of life and a culture of India. Which can cure diseases like Asthma, Mental Tension, Spinal Disorders, High blood pressure, Mental Stress, Spondylosis, High Cholesterol, Fatigue.

Diabetes: The disease often causes other serious health issues including heart and blood vessel damage, as well as problems with the eyes, kidneys and nerves. If left untreated, diabetes can result in chronic heart or kidney failure and early death. Pediatrics: CAMP provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with problems connected to ANS dysfunction, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain tumors, head injuries, spasticity and movement disorders, encephaloceles, tethered spinal cords and spinal cord injuries.

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IHTC (International Healthcare Tourism Congress) is the most comprehensive international healthcare conference series in the industry held at Bengaluru in 2016 & 2017.

The event series offers an opportunity to interact with leaders in medical tourism industry, both from local and global partnerships. This is a platform for Pharma company’s, hospitals, Medical Tourism Agents, Insurance Companies, Medical Technology Manufactures, Wellness and hospitality Industry and healthcare investors to meet & associate.

Number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (Tope 12 countries) on Medical and Medical Attendant Visa during mentioned years
Year 2014 Year 2015 Year 2016 (till June)
Nationality Medical Visa Attendant Visa Total Nationality Medical Visa Attendant Visa Total Nationality Medical Visa Attendant Visa Total
Bangladesh 31,313 28,979 60,292 Bangladesh 68,034 52,354 120,388 Bangladesh 47,991 36,539 84,530
Oman 2,937 2,390 5,327 Oman 4,728 3,580 8,308 Oman 6,606 4,810 11,416
Nigeria 7,351 5,805 13,156 Nigeria 5,765 4,877 10,642 Nigeria 2,425 1,939 4,364
Uzbekistan 2,354 2,212 4,566 Uzbekistan 3,406 2,992 6,398 Uzbekistan 2,288 1,892 4,180
Kenya 2,263 2,356 4,619 Kenya 3,137 3,263 6,400 Kenya 1,751 1,833 3,584
Yemen 3,933 4,644 8,577 Yemen 2,550 2,741 5,291 Yemen 1,469 1,408 2,877
Maldives 1,706 985 2,691 Maldives 1,132 704 1,836 Maldives 1,542 1,001 2,543
Tanzania 3,100 2,545 5,645 Tanzania 3,352 2,815 6,167 Tanzania 1,248 1,023 2,271
Sri Lanka 1,345 882 2,227 Sri Lanka 1,933 1,096 3,029 Sri Lanka 1,084 635 1,719
Myanmar 559 558 1,117 Myanmar 716 638 1,354 Myanmar 392 332 724
Uganda 539 457 996 Uganda 563 502 1,065 Uganda 311 307 618
Mauritius 462 600 1,062 Mauritius 527 647 1,174 Mauritius 217 276 493
*Source: -


Accreditation bodies

Consultancy firms

Governmental bodies

Health & tourism web publishers

Health- and medical spas

Healthcare management companies

Hospitals and clinics

Insurance companies

Hotels and airlines

Marketing & branding companies

Medical assistance companies

Medical tourism agencies

Third party administrators

Tourist boards

Travel agents


IHTC 2017 Program Details

Expert Committee - IHTC 2017

Inauguration Guests

Shri. Ramesh Kumar

Shri. Ramesh Kumar

Hon'ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka

Shri Priyank Kharge

Shri Priyank Kharge

Hon’ble Minister for IT & BT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka

IHTC Keynote Speaker

Prof. Ravi Ramamurti

Prof. Ravi Ramamurti

Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University and the Founding Director of the Center for Emerging Markets, USA

Delivering world-class healthcare, affordably

The West has led the world in medical science and in developing drugs and devices, but poor countries like India are leading the way in healthcare delivery. Poverty, inadequate government hospitals, and a serious shortage of doctors and medical equipment is motivating some Indian hospitals to pursue breakthrough innovations in healthcare delivery. In this talk, based on a Harvard Business Review article, the speaker will show how and why some Indian hospitals are delivering world-class healthcare at a tiny fraction of US prices, while serving a significant number of poor patients—and still making good money. They have become leaders in lean healthcare, just as Ford or Toyota blazed the trail in lean manufacturing. Hospitals everywhere can learn useful lessons from them. Improving the competitiveness of individual hospitals will make India an even more attractive destination for medical tourism.


Maria K Todd

Consultant, CEO, Author, Speaker, Magazine Publisher – Healthcare & Health Tourism Sectors

Dr. Karthik Ram

Chief Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr Zahra Hussaini

Managing Director, Principal Investigator and Scientist C-Test Medicals Private Limited.

Maria D. Georga

Maria D. Georga

Regional Manager, International Medical Travel Journal

Prof. (Dr) S V Joga Rao

Anchor the professional activities AT Legalexcel

Dr. B. T. Rudresh M.D.(Hom), D.Sc.(h.c.)

Rudresh Hospital, Bangalore

Dominic Benjamin

Dr. Dominic Benjamin

Consultant Geriatrician and Diabetic Specialist for Older Adults. Ageing Specialist

Dr. Hema Divakar

Consultant OBGYN and Medical Director Divakar’s Speciality Hospital

Dr. KR Gangadharan

Founder – Heritage Foundation, Hyderabad

Dr. Manas Panigrahi

Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon at KIMS, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Shivaprasad Huded

Medical Superintendent JSS Ayurveda Hospital – Mysuru

Dr Korula George MD MRACOG

Professor and Head, Reproductive Medicine, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

Ms. Nehrutha

Internationally Certified Yoga Therapist, Amarantos

Mr. Venu Murthy

Past Life Regression Therapist, Amarantos

Dr. Niranjan Mallnaik

Consultant & HOD Orthopaedics Department, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

Dr. Hrishikesh D. Pai


Dr. Robert Antony Charles

Consultant – Pediatric Surgeon & Pediatric Urologist, Rainbow Children’s Hospital

Dr. Satish Rudrappa

Senior Consultant Neuro Surgeon; Director, Skull Base Surgery; Head, Dept. of Spine Surgery, Sakra World Hospital

Dr. CP Raghuram

Consultant – General Pediatrics & Pediatric Oncologist, Rainbow Children’s Hospital

Dr. Adil Sadiq

Head, Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery Sakra World Hospital

Dr. Sadiq S Sikora

Director – Surgical Services, Institute of Digestive & HPB Sciences, Sakra World Hospital

Dr. Shobha N Gudi 

Prof. and HOD. Dept. of OBG- St. Philomena’s Hospital Senior Consultant – OBG , Sagar Chandramma Hospitals, Bangalore

Dr. Rajesh Babu T.J

Chairman and Medical Director

Dr Rajasekara Chakravarthi

Consultant Nephrologist, STAR Hospitals

Dr. Sai Kiran

CT Surgeon, STAR Hospital

Dr. Sunita Maheshwari

Chief Dreamer – ‎RXDX and Teleradiology Solutions

Dr. Dilip Chandrashekar Dhanpal

Consultant Urologist, Apollo Spectra Hospitals

Dr. Mahesh Gopa Setty

Consultant, Multiorgan Transplant surgery (liver, kidney, pancreas, small bowel), Apollo Hospitals

Dr Girish Rao

Senior Faciomaxillary Surgery Consultant at Sagar Hospitals, Apollo Hospitals,BIO, Shankara Cancer Hospital, Bangalore

Dr. M C Uthappa

Director of Interventional Radiology and Interventional Oncology at Global Hospitals, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai

Dr. Vishal Rao

Chief of Head Neck Services, HCG Bangalore

Dr. Ramesh S Bilimagga

Medical – Director, HealthCare Global (HCG) Enterprises, Bangalore

Dr. Uma Nambia

International Health care Consultant engaged in projects in Africa , India and Srilanka

Dr. Prasad Narayanan

Senior Consultant – Medical Oncology

Dr. H.V. Madhusudan

Chief Neuro Surgeon, BGS Hospital

Mr. Sayed Mohammed Aslam

Hospital Administrator, Oman

Dr Vijay H D Kamath

Orthopedics Spinal Surgery

Dr Saro Jacob


Dr. Manish Samson

Apollo Hospital

K. Guru Prasad

The Globetrotters

Dr. Sudha Chandrashekar

Director, SAST

Mr. Girish

Kolot Network

MC Abbas (Host)

Chairman & Managing Director, Cincinnati International


3rd March 2017, Friday

0900 hrs - 910 hrs

Welcome Address: Mr. Prasant Saha, CEO, CIMGlobal

0910 hrs - 920 hrs

Lamp Lighting Ceremony

0920 hrs - 950 hrs

Keynote Address 1 - Prof Ravi Ramamurti
Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University & the Founding Director of the Centre for Emerging Market, USA

The West has led the world in medical science and in developing drugs and devices, but poor countries like India are leading the way in healthcare delivery. Poverty, inadequate government hospitals, and a serious shortage of doctors and medical equipment is motivating some Indian hospitals to pursue breakthrough innovations in healthcare delivery. In this talk, based on a Harvard Business Review article, the speaker will show how and why some Indian hospitals are delivering world-class healthcare at a tiny fraction of US prices, while serving a significant number of poor patients—and still making good money. They have become leaders in lean healthcare, just as Ford or Toyota blazed the trail in lean manufacturing. Hospitals everywhere can learn useful lessons from them. Improving the competitiveness of individual hospitals will make India an even more attractive destination for medical tourism.

0950 hrs - 1020 hrs

Keynote Address 2 - Maria K Todd
City Marketing - International perspective

1020 hrs - 1035 hrs

Minister for Health & Family Welfare - Shri Ramesh Kumar

1035 hrs - 1050 hrs

Minister for Tourism - Shri Priyank Kharge

1050 hrs - 1100 hrs

Vote of Thanks

1100 hrs - 1130 hrs


1130 hrs - 1215 hrs

Topic : 3 C's of Destination Marketing - Co-Create, Cooperate & Collaborate
Chairperson: Mr. Prasant Saha
Ms. Maria Georga, IMTJ
Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary, MHFW
Shri. Naveen K Raj, Principal Secretary, Min. of Tourism
Mr. Girish, Kolot Network
Mr. Guru Prasad, Managing Partner, Bizz Globetrotters LLP

1215 hrs - 1300 hrs

Topic: Together we are for better patient care and safety

The Department of health, tourism, Local Police, MEA(Visa), Indian Missions abroad, Media, Consulates of other countries, Medico Legal services, airports - its time for all to come together for better communication, coordination and understanding to serve humanity specially in the time of need. Let's do a role play to bring in clarity and clarify all misconceptions, myth and lack of understanding this sector and its need. Let's identify concern areas and continue to work together.

Chairperson: Anitha Niranjan
Dr. Uma Nambiar
Dr. Sudha Chandrashekar, Director SAST
Prof. Joga Rao, Advocate & Faculty NLSIU, Bengaluru
Mr. Syed Mohamed Aslam, Travelpoint LLC
Dr. Akbar Mirza Khaleeli, Ex Ambassador of India

1300 hrs - 1400 hrs

Lunch Break

1400 hrs - 1500 hrs

Latest in treating Neurological disability.

Persons with neurological diseases have significant disability as it affects the mobility of a person and may be associated with long-term morbidity if not attended at the right time. Neurosciences as a specialty is evolving constantly. Recent years have seen important changes in the way the organization of services are made, such as the proliferation of sub specialization among consultants and the use of a multidisciplinary team approach to problems, and in recent years exciting new technology has expanded and refined the discipline of neurosurgery.

Chairperson: Dr. Manas Panigrahi
Dr. H.V. Madhusudan
Dr. Maheswarappa B M, Sakra World Hospital
Dr. Vijay Kamath, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

1500 hrs - 1600 hrs

Arthroplasty in India on Par and better than the world

India has emerged to be the most preferred destination for global patients opting for Arthroplasty Surgery. Since the Surgery has successfully rendered with best services of quality par with international benchmark and that too at low cost affordable to everyone. Arthritis is primarily a problem that occurs as one ages causing severe pain. Major intervention to alleviate pain and to restore normalcy in a person is through Joint replacement - knee replacement and Hip Replacement. There is huge scope to attract such geriatric patients to this country.

They are a well-known and respected physician's resource for consultation, diagnosis, and ongoing treatment of patients with joint pain and arthritis issues. The Orthopaedic hospitals in India have an excellent infrastructure. The Cost of Arthroplasty Surgery in India: Significant cost difference is the key in bringing patients across the world for Arthroplasty Surgery in India. India is not only cheaper but offers quality service in terms of treatment and service.

Chairperson- Dr. Guruva Reddy
Dr. KR Gangadharan, Heritage Foundation, Hyderabad
Dr. Manish Samson, Apollo Hospital
Dr. Dominic Benjamin, Baptist Hospital, Bangalore
Dr. Niranjan Mallnaik, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

1600 hrs - 1645 hrs

Stress-Buster session through Mindfulness and Yoga
Ms. Nehrutha

1645 hrs - 1700 hrs


1700 hrs - 1800 hrs

Chairperson - Dr. Huded
Dr. Raichal Rebecca Philip, BAMS, Chennai
Dr. BT Rudresh, Rudresh Hospital, Bangalore

4th March 2017, Saturday

0900 hrs - 1000 hrs

Organ Transplant

India is prominent in organ transplant and rank 2nd in Kidney transplant from live donors worldwide as per International Society of Nephrology. About 32,000 related and unrelated living kidney donors occur every year & approx 4500 transplants in India. India is equitable prominent in Heart, Kidneys, eyes, liver, lungs, Pancreas, Intestine, and thymus transplant. We are also prominent in issue transplant including bones cornea, skin, heart valves and veins. India also has the cost advantage compared to any other destination in the world. We are guided and regulated by Transplantation of Human Organ Act. The ethics of transplantation can be expressed in three requirements Medical integrity, scientific validity, consent.

Chairperson: Dr Rajasekara Chakravarthi, Star Hospital
Dr. Sadiq S Sikora (Liver), Sakra World Hospital
Dr. Mahesh Gopal Kumar (Liver)
Dr. Dilip C.Dhanpal (Kidney)

1000 hrs - 1100 hrs


THE CONCEPT OF ONE VISIT ONE STOP ...FOR A COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT PLAN providing Individualised treatment protocols to optimise the outcomes. State of the Art Infertility Centres well equipped to offer wide range of assisted reproductive technologies In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), IMSI, Oocyte, Sperm & Embryo Donor Programs, Cryopreservation, Laser Assisted Hatching

Moderated by: Dr. Hema Divakar
Dr. Prof. Korula George, Baptist Hospital, Bangalore
Gynecological endoscopy .....beyond boundaries !
Dr. Shobha N Gudi, Chandrama Sagar Hospital
Dr. Robert Antony Charles, Rainbow Children's Hospital

1100 hrs - 1130 hrs


1130 hrs - 1230 hrs


Telehealth applications have rapidly expanded over the last decades and offer the potential to make a major impact on the improving quality, efficiency and customer service in medical tourism. Advanced technologies enable the remote provision of health care services at locations most convenient for the patient and minimize travel for patients and family members. Telehealth can lead to improvements quality and efficiency of pre- and postoperative care as well as continuity of care. Although there are several legal, regulatory, technical, and organizational barriers to telehealth, they are surmountable. Telehealth will play a significant role in the continued expansion and improvement of medical tourism.

Chairperson - Dr. KS Nayak
Dr. Uthappa M.C
Dr. Sunita Maheshwari, Bangalore

1230 hrs - 1330 hrs

Lunch Break

1330 hrs - 1430 hrs

Multiple Topics- Dentistry, Cosmetology, Cosmetic Gynaecology

India has Progressed substantially in dentistry, cosmetology and Maxi facial surgery and is extremely competitive in pricing.

Chairperson: Dr. Zahra Hussaini
Dr. Karthik Ram,Chennai
Dr. Girish Rao, Maxiofacial Surgen
Dr. Rajesh Babu T.J

1430 hrs - 1515 hrs

Past Life Regression Therapy - Venu Murthy, Amarantos

1515 hrs - 1545 hrs


1545 hrs - 1645 hrs

Chairperson: Dr. Ramamurthy Bingi
Heart Matters - Life saving benefits beyond boundaries
Dr. Adil Sadiq, Sakra Hospital
Dr. KVSS Sai Kiran, Star Hospital, Hyderabad

India is one of the largest and modern heart care centres in Asia. From preventive heart care & non-invasive heart care to the most complex procedures and surgeries. India has collectively performed surgeries and procedures with success rates at par with the best hospitals in the world, India today offers one of the safest treatments for heart problems. Heart diseases have emerged as the number one killer per findings of the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). As the ever-changing lifestyles not only continue to increase the incidence of heart diseases but also are making patient conditions even more complex. The need to provide more and more advanced treatments to manage the disease complexities has become imperative for healthcare institutions. A holistic treatment approach is therefore required, which needs to be delivered through a strong combination of clinical expertise, advanced technology, and clinical experience. These when coupled with the use of assist devices, heart & lung transplant services and cutting edge research programs in the areas of regenerative therapy (stem cell research program), would lead to the development of path breaking innovations in cardiac care.

1645 hrs - 1745 hrs


Best treatment, latest techniques and efficient equipment is provided in India to cure the patients at the earliest. Research is progressive and timely benefiting the patients. India offers high standard of medical facilities with specialized multi-specialty cancer hospitals that serve their expertise in various cancer surgeries. We have very well qualified and skilled professional to deliver international quality care to these patients. At present 10% of medical tourism patients are seeking oncology services. The biological samples transfer for tissue diagnosis is also a concern. Looking at the growth rate of oncological centres coming up in India, there is a real scope to harness the advantage of medical tourism and make it a hub for quality care in this part of the world. The field of oncology is rapidly evolving and is air constant flux. What is thought to be true may very soon be turned on its head by new insights and new innovations. It is therefore prudent and necessary that we take stock of some important insights and innovations and debate how best we can integrate these innovations into our practice. Using this insight, we would innovate a unique patient care program. Personalized cancer care is the current buzzword – it’s all about insights, innovations and integrations!!

Chairperson: Dr. Ramesh Bilimaga
Dr. C.P. Raghuram, Rainbow Children's Hospital
Dr. Syed Althaf, Kidwai Hospital, Bangalore
Dr. Vishal Rao, HCG, Bangalore
Dr. Saro Mathew, Bangalore Baptist Hospital
Dr. Prasad Narayanan, Cytecare Cancer Hospital, Bangalore

1745 hrs - 1800 hrs

Closing Session


Workshop for healthcare ambassadors and medical tourism facilitators!!. Closing the Competency Gaps in Medical Tourism Coordination and Client Movement - 2nd March 2017 - 4:00PM - 7:30PM

Dr. Maria Todd of Mercury Healthcare International has spent the past 34 years working in one role or another in the business of health and wellness tourism. Prior to her work and education in healthcare, she was a professional travel agent working for the largest US-based travel agency. Then she trained for a career in healthcare administration and nursing. In this 4 hour hands-on skills building workshop – she will outline the competencies associated with the roles and responsibilities of a professional medical tourism coordinator.

The workshop begins with an overview of the skills needed, what training is available and how to get it without going back to University to get another few letters after your name. She’ll also explain why these skills are needed, conduct several hands-on practice exercises, and wrap up the session with a candid discussion about certifications, registration programs and examples of what is happening in other countries around the globe.

When you leave the session, you’ll take home these 4 benefits from attendance:

  • a clear path to your career and brand development
  • actionable steps and new insights into how to differentiate your business for competitive advantage
  • generate more leads that close drive up market share, and
  • learn how to achieve higher profitability.

Trust me to help you do the right things, the right way!

Maria Todd is a trusted adviser and expert specialist to hospitals, clinics, governments, healthcare business owners and independent professionals who want to do a better job of marketing, branding, or contracting with insurers and employers, and to grow their business. Schedule an appointment with Maria soon so you can explore how you are currently attracting, engaging, and winning clients or contracts. You may discover that seeking her professional advice makes sense for you (and could really benefit your bottom line).

Hotel and Accommodation Preparation for Health and Wellness Tourism Clients - 3rd March 2017 - 2:00PM - 4:00PM

In health and wellness tourism, well-prepared hotels help make health and wellness travel safer and more enjoyable for health travel clients and their companion travellers. They also make better partners to hospitals and health facilities where medical travel patients are scheduled to undergo diagnostic testing and medical or dental procedures.

Hotels that undergo inspection are often surprised as to how much preparation is required and how the physical plant and grounds are rated for medical and dental tourism appropriateness. Some express total and complete lack of consideration about anything beyond having a wheelchair accessible room someplace in the hotel.

Many of the most frequent deficiencies noted are tied to the kind of procedure that the patient has elected, and their health status. Some hotels, guest houses and serviced apartments could be excellent choices for one procedure and score a failing grade for another guest anticipating a different procedure and with different physical conditions.

From the hoteliers’ side, knowing these nuances can help them to better target guests while filtering out those for which their hotel or accommodation is not particularly well-suited to pre- or post-surgical accommodation, wellness and spa travel.

What will be covered:

  • What to consider and the importance of the following areas of the hotel or accommodation.
  • FOH operations and staff empowerment
  • BOH operations and staff empowerment
  • Spa and fitness center operations, wet and dry areas
  • On-site clinic operations, if available
  • Food and beverage options and operations, wait staff knowledge of ingredients and preparation methods, available substitutions, and empowerment
  • Cosmetic and other amenity options, laundry detergent alternatives for allergic guests
  • CPTED security, safety and accessibility for special needs travellers
  • Emergency preparedness for natural and other disasters, acts of violence, seismic activity, etc.
  • Staff training and development
  • Guest and reservation policies, oversold on arrival policies
  • Sustainability practices
  • Soundproofing and room-darkening window treatments, use of available light, in-room guest operated climate control
  • Pillow and linen quality
  • Sanitary conditions of bath, shower and sink areas (grout mildew, drainage, air quality, etc.) and water temperature control
  • Television and entertainment options for international guests (CCTV, translation, etc.)
  • Marketing to hospital and physician partners, facilitators, and direct to consumers.

The trends around the use of sustainable and allergy-free products in amenities and expanded fitness and spa options, as well as use of technology and Internet of Things linkages, reading light, and power stations for gadgets and devices, will also be discussed.

Who should attend:
Hoteliers / Property managers / Parties entering or operating health and wellness tourism guest accommodations – Spa and hotel consultants / Chefs / Marketing and branding experts / Head of security, Maintenance, Front desk & Housekeeping.

Attend IHTC 2017 as a Hosted Buyer

There is a special hosted buyer program announced for Medical Tourism Agencies (MTA) which will provide a pre-set number of discounts for registrations, complimentary registrations, local hospitality and travel allowance to selected companies, government employees, insurance agents and other qualified buyers as the benefits for Medical tourism facilitators.

We invite you to apply to attend IHTC 2017, Bangalore (India) as a hosted buyer. As your intermediary, IHTC 2017 doesn’t command your schedule. Other than the required one to one appointments, you own your own schedule.

We don’t require that you to attend group site visits or any tours and no mandatory meal functions to attend as well. You are simply invited to attend all of our networking events and make the best use of your time at IHTC 2017, Bangalore (India).

IHTC 2017 can offer the following to Hosted Buyers

To Qualify as a Hosted Buyer

To qualify for the IHTC 2017 Hosted Buyer Program, you must be active in the field of Medical Tourism (preferably India), be responsible for planning, organizing and recommending institutes/ places/ patients for travel for medical reasons.

IHTC 2017 requires full details of no. patients you have managed or managing the travel for. Buyers from India should list details of travel within the country.

Kindly note that IHTC 2017 may ask for more details to verify the details mentioned by you in your application.

Please note: Acceptance into the program is decided by IHTC advisors we might not have any influence over the qualification requirements or acceptance process.

Please click here to register for Hosted Buyer Program


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Get ready to be part of something greater and leave your mark this year.

  • Time for Stake holders in India to position and market capabilities together
  • To debate various business models existing in this sector and embrace the most ethical and sustainable model
  • Engage with every stake holder recognising equitable contribution and strengthen relationship
  • Only Healthcare Tourism platform which is ROI driven led by an economist
  • Meet Engage and Collaborate with qualified International and national Hosted Buyers
  • To contribute towards organising this sector before it is too late
  • Get ready to be part of something greater and leave your mark this year.
  • Promote and Enhance brand image
  • Achieve multiple business opportunities
  • Listen to speakers from around the world talk about success stories on Healthcare Tourism Destination marketing
  • Display and position your products and / or services & develop new business leads
  • Reach potential customers by standing out from your competitors
  • Benefit from a highly targeted marketing campaign
  • Gain from integrated PR and Media exposure
  • Highlight your organisation’s commitment towards the development of this emerging sector


  • IHTC 2017 understands that “one size doesn’t fit all”. Whether you are new to the industry or a long-time leader, IHTC 2017 offers various customizable sponsorship packages that will help your company achieve its goals.
  • Private Sponsored Workshops
  • Exclusive Networking Meetings
  • Invite Only Networking Events
  • Sponsor of Educational Underwriter Session
  • Exhibit Hall and Buyers Lounge Sponsorship

You dream and we make it happen. The sky is limit when promoting your brand at the IHTC 2017



  • Network with Hosted Buyers and introduce your organization product or services to new and emerging markets
  • Connect with potential business partners that you’d normally wouldn’t be exposed to and enhance your international brand and position in the market
  • Gain insight on current market trends and practices the conference will comprise workshops conducted by the renowned international speakers
  • The workshops will cover the topics that range from medical tourism, current medical Research initiatives, latest innovations in health sector, future business opportunities in healthcare, insurance, and healthcare quality to the globalization in healthcare
  • Congress participants will have the rare opportunity to interact, share and meet the officials, policy makers, presidents, CEOs, and directors of the private sector organizations for this ultimate networking event.
  • Extensive publicity in printed and web media, local dailies, medical magazines & journals, television and other media.


Exhibiting at IHTC provides an exceptional combination of networking and corporate branding opportunities and is a perfect opportunity to boost your company’s profile among the influential and decision-makers in the medical travel industry.

Your company’s participation in IHTC not only strengthens global awareness of your products and services to an audience of important decision-makers but, more importantly, confirms your position as an industry leader. IHTC brings together the leaders in the medical tourism industry at an event designed to create maximum interaction and meeting opportunities where governments, hospitals, tourism authorities, insurance services, consultants can promote their brands, meet potential customers and entertain existing clients. Aligning your brand with such an exceptional and exclusive global event where you can present your products and services in a dynamic and interactive environment sends a clear message to all of your stakeholders.

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Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy

The Ministry of AYUSH is formed in 9th November 2014 for providing more healthcare to the public. The Department of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with a view to providing focused attention to development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems.

The word Ayurveda derived from AYU and VEDA. AYU means life VEDA means science or knowledge.

Ayurveda means the science of life. Ayurveda believes that positive health is the basis for attaining four cherished goals of life (chaturvidh purushartha) viz., Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. All these four goals cannot be achieved without sound positive health.

Positive health is defined as:

  1. Dosha Dhatu samya (well balanced metabolism)
  2. Prasanna Atma, Indriya, Manah (happy state of the soul, senses and the mind). Senses here mean the five organs of perception Gyanendriya viz., smell, taste, sight, touch, and hearing coupled with the organs of action – Karmendriya viz., mouth, hands, foot and organs of excretion and reproduction.

Yoga is an Art and Science of healthy living. It is a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. The holistic approach of Yoga is well established and it brings harmony in all walks of life and thus, known for disease prevention, promotion of health and management of many lifestyle –related disorders. Today, Yoga is popular across the globe, not just because of its efficacy in the management of some diseases, but also of its strength in providing relief to the practitioner, from mental and emotional distress and providing a feeling of well-being. Hence, now-a-days Yoga is being practiced as part of healthy life style across the globe.

Unani-tibb or Unani Medicine is a form of traditional medicine practiced Asian countries. It refers to a tradition of Graeco-Arabic medicine, which is based on the teachings of Greek physician Hippocrates and Roman physician Galen and developed into an elaborate medical system in middle age era by Arabian and Persian physicians, such as Rhazes (al-Razi), Avicenna (Ibn- e- Sina), Al-Zahrawi, and Ibn Nafis.

Ibn-e- Sina popularly known as Avicenna, one of the greatest scholars of Unani Tibb (medicine), has defined Unani Medicine as “It is the science in which we learn various states of body in health and when not in health and the means by which health is likely to be lost and when lost, is likely to be restored”.

Unani physicians give prime importance to diet and the state of digestion in a person, in both health and disease.

The Siddha system of medicine is mainly practised in the Southern part of India. It is one of the earliest traditional medicine systems in the world which treats not only the body but also the mind and the soul. The word Siddha has its origin in the Tamil word Siddhi which means “an object to be attained” or “perfection” or “heavenly bliss”. India being the birth place of many traditional philosophies also gave birth to Siddha. The roots of this system are intertwined with the culture of ancient Tamil civilization.


Homeopathy is a distinct medical specialty being practiced across the world. It is a recognized medical system in India through the Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. The system has blended well into the ethos and traditions of the country that it has been recognized as one of the national systems of medicine. The word ‘Homeopathy’ is derived from two Greek words hómoios (similar) and páthos (suffering). This means in Homeopathy natural diseases are treated with substances that produce effects similar to the suffering. The key principle of this medical approach is similia similibus curentur. Homeopaths generally refer this as Like be treated with likes.


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