I am really looking forward to our Smart Cities Healthcare Demonstrator in Delhi and Mumbai.
Led by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS England and one of our Business Ambassadors, the mission is an opportunity for companies and organisations to demonstrate UK expertise. This includes:
- Healthcare Infrastructure
- Education & Training
- Digital Health and innovative Healthcare Services to the Indian market
We have set up an exhibition stand, showcase seminars, visits, and receptions in Delhi and Mumbai.
The aim is to attract major healthcare customers looking for UK partners along with State and National government representatives.
In our experience, the most promising customers will be private healthcare developers, investors and operators. These private sector customers are responding to a comparatively low government spend on healthcare services (1.5% of GDP).
They are also responding to increased demand in India compared with world-average per-person ratios and an ability to pay for healthcare. There is a colossal shortfall of 2.5 million hospital beds and 1 million doctors, and growth in India's healthcare market is predicted to reach $USD280 billion by 2020.
We have recruited 25 organisations, including 5 from the NHS with expertise in the following areas:
- Smart hospital design
- Digital Hospital solutions and services
- Smart emergency and ambulatory care
- Population health analytics
- Automated quality and performance management of healthcare service delivery
- Smart health services including remote monitoring such as Telecare and Telehealth
- Clinical Decision Support
- Smart healthcare education systems
- 21st Century clinical services (e.g. personalised care services)
- Sustainability solutions (i.e. low carbon or adaptation to climate change etc.)
India has just announced the first 20 of the proposed 100 smart cities programmes, which will involve an overall investment of £10 billion and is expected to upgrade the healthcare infrastructure in these cities significantly.
This mission places the UK as a healthcare partner of choice for the Smart Cities programme. It responds to the most prominent opportunity in the Smart Cities Healthcare space for a British supply chain to set up and operate a set of 11 Indo UK Institutes of Health (IUIH), with 89 more local medical centres - potentially worth over £1bn.
We have a strong relationship with the customer who is committed to using UK organisations and companies for the Institutes.
Several other major project owners are keen to meet UK experts in designing, operating and managing smart hospitals and healthcare systems.
During the November 2015 prime ministerial visit Indo UK Institute of Health and King's College Hospital London established their commercial agreement for the first IUIH - the King's College Hospital in India - in front of Prime Ministers Modi and Cameron.
With Sir Malcom’s leadership and the strength of the mission’s delegates, we very much hope to start more partnerships like the IUIH collaboration.
We want to make healthcare an area where PM Modi’s comment fully applies, that "India and the UK make an unbeatable combination".