World experts converge at insigHT2017 to discuss the shifting landscapes of medical travel


Today, 26th September 2017, marks the launch of InsigHT2017 in Kuala Lumpur. The conference is run by Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MTHC), otherwise known as Malaysia Healthcare. This event brings together the industry’s leading players and practitioners to discuss the general outlook, trends and challenges in the medical travel and healthcare industry.

Held for the second year at Connexion @ The Vertical, Bangsar South, the annual conference featured two days of engaging expert discussions and presentations of case studies to drive and promote medical tourism. Furthermore, InsigHT2017 also provided a platform for keynote speakers to share actionable insight with industry professionals on emerging trends, service disruptions and opportunities in the medical travel field.

Sherene Azli, Chief Executive officer of MHTC, explained that, “the market for medical travel and healthcare is evolving rapidly, which is why it is important for industry players to stay up to date on emerging opportunities, best practices and latest innovations that are disrupting our industry. Therefore, Malaysia Healthcare has created InsigHT 2017 to provide a dedicated forum to further the industry discussion and address the top challenges facing the market today, as well as to provide attendees with a first-hand look at some of the trends that are shaping the medical travel industry. The conference also provided a platform for industry leaders to share their unique insights for what to expect in the future.”

As the minister of Health Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam made the keynote address to the InsigHT2017 attendees. In this, he emphasised the need for agents within the healthcare value chain to continue working together for the betterment of the industry, “our government recognises that we have great potential in medical travel and a concerted effort has been put in place to promote country as a preferred medical travel destination.  Taking into consideration global trends and of our domestic capacity, under our NKEA, one of the main focuses is bringing both the public and private sectors into collaboration, therefore creating the right foundation in our healthcare system.”

He added, “Undoubtedly, the collaborative efforts of all other stakeholders such as the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM), Tourism Malaysia, MATRADE, MIDA, Immigration authorities, travel and tour operators, hotels and other industry players are vital in expanding this industry further.”

The event featured esteemed industry panellists and speakers from across the globe including CEO of MHTC, Sherene Azli, President of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM), Dato’ Dr. Jacob Thomas, and Project Consultant TEHealthcare Asia, Anwar Anis, from Malaysia; Managing Editor of International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ), Keith Pollard, from the UK; , CEO of TransformHealth Asia, Dr. HM Goh, from China; and Strategic Planning Director of Ogilvy Commonhealth, Lexi Fletcher, and CEO of Global Health & Travel, Varun Panjwani, from Singapore.

“By creating an interactive conference such as InsigHT2017, Malaysia Healthcare has demonstrated its commitment and dedication in driving the industry forward. The comprehensive topics that were addressed at the conference, has proven to be beneficial and informative, especially for those who want to know about the latest updates in the medical travel industry,” said Sherene Azli.

InsigHT2017 covered a comprehensive range of topics such as Global Outlook on Medical Travel, APAC Medical Travel Outlook, India’s Outbound Medical Travel Opportunities, Disrupting Healthcare Services, Harnessing the Digital Content. The conference provided networking opportunities those in attendance were able to meet, learn and get inspired by significant people at the forefront of the medical travel industry.

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