HealthCare Tourism International Chairs International Medical Tourism Forum 2007
Goa, India (11/15/2007) - - Ravi Raghavan, Vice President of India & Business Development for HealthCare Tourism International, presided as chairman of the International Medical Tourism Forum 2007 on October 22, 2007. Held at the Taj Exotica Hotel, the event included representatives from international hospitals, the media, and medical tourism organizations. The purpose of the forum was to exchange ideas on how best to further the field of medical tourism.
As chairman, Raghavan delivered the opening speech for the conference which illustrated his reasons for joining HealthCare Tourism International as well as why the healthcare industry needs international, non-profit governance of the medical tourism industry. Afterwards, he delivered a presentation explaining the current and future role of HealthCare Tourism International in the medical tourism industry. For the remainder of the day, Raghavan introduced and facilitated the Q&A sessions for additional speakers including Maggi Ann Grace, author of State of Heart: A Medical Tourist's True Story of Lifesaving Surgery in India, Gary Miller, UK Operations Director of Sahara Medical Group Surgery Worldwide, and Vishal Bali, CEO of Wockhardt Hospital. Most importantly, Raghavan used the conference to launch HealthCare Tourism International’s accreditation service.
Said Raghavan on the experience of chairing the forum which boasted over 100 delegates, “This was the opportunity our organization needed to showcase our services to the world. We wanted to see how HTI was perceived by the international healthcare community. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Many organizations approached me asking about HTI accreditation.”
The HealthCare Tourism International team is comprised of medical, dental, tourism and business experts from all facets of healthcare. The accreditation process for medical tourism organizations entails improving the non-clinical aspects of the health tourism experience,
The HealthCare Tourism International team is comprised of medical, dental, tourism and business experts from all facets of healthcare. The accreditation process entails improving the non-clinical aspects of the health tourism experience, which makes it a complimentary system to the Joint Commissions International clinical accreditation system. Aspects such as business practices, recovery options and language abilities all include areas covered by the accreditation system. A separate protocol has been developed for the following types of health tourism companies: hotel providers, health tourism travel agencies, non-ambulatory transport vehicles, hospitals with concierge services, airlines, translator/conveyance companies and insurance companies. Applications for self-certification and accreditation are accepted on a rolling basis and for the first year, only self-certification is granted. In the second year, applicants can apply for accreditation which may involve submission of documents and in certain cases onsite surveys.
Applications are now being accepted at the organization’s web site www.healthcaretrip.org
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