The Indo-UK Institute of Health (IUIH) programme will overhaul India’s healthcare systems
Healthcare is one of the largest areas of employment across India, and continues to grow in alignment with ageing populations and the creeping technologies driven by tech-savvy millennials who wish to overhaul traditional services to provide higher quality of medical treatment. Additionally, both the public and private healthcare sector are growing at an exponential rate.
With this in mind, Healthcare UK is now set to support India’s transforming healthcare systems by creating a new network of 11 Medicities. The 10-year project will become of India’s largest healthcare initiatives, which will see it partner with the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom to ensure exceptional healthcare and medical training.
Named the Indo-UK Institute of Health (IUIH), the project will transform a disjointed healthcare system, to one that is integrated and well-connected across the board, and support a developing network of primary care clinics. The first phase is now underway, with ambitions to complete by 2019.
The India Brand Equity Foundation has reported that with increased digital adoption “the Indian healthcare market, worth around US$ 100 billion, will likely grow at a CAGR of 23% to US$ 280 billion by 2020” and “the Healthcare Information Technology market is valued at US$ 1 billion currently (April 2016) and is expected to grow 1.5 times by 2020,” highlighting the country’s continued potential, with room for further growth.
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To this effect, hospitals and diagnostic centres have attracted Foreign Direct Investment worth over US$4 billion between 2000 and 2017.
The NHS will support the development of each of the 11 Medicities, of which all aspects will be incorporated through new commercial contracts. In a news release, the government has stated that “this commitment by the Indian government and IUIH has already recorded over £150 million in export wins for the UK since 2015 and continues to grow.
The scale of the project signifies significant export opportunities for NHS Trusts and other healthcare services providers throughout India.”
Nagpur and Amravati will become the first two sites to be overhauled through a collaboration with Kings College Hospital, with recent foundation stone laying ceremonies undertaken
"The 1,000 bed IUIH in the city is being developed in association with UK's leading medical institute King's College Hospital. The 170-year-old King's College, for the first time in its history, has agreed upon making its centre outside UK, that too in IUIH premises in the city," commented Group MD and CEO Ajay Rajan Gupta.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”