Apollo Hospitals Group Chooses Elekta’s MOSAIQ for New Proton Center

Elekta (EKTA-B.ST) announced today that Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare services provider, Apollo Hospitals, has chosen Elekta’s vendor-neutral, open source MOSAIQ® oncology information system for its Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC) in Chennai, India. The proton therapy solution is being provided by IBA (Ion Beam Applications).

Apollo Hospitals expects that this first proton therapy center in South Asia will provide access to this technology to more than three billion people.

Ranjit Pradhan, Senior Vice President Portfolio & Business Development Software Solutions at Elekta, said: “A key aspect in Apollo Hospitals choice of Elekta is interoperability. Our collaboration with IBA and Equicare is just one example of how we are building a strong network of key ‘best of breed’ vendors as part of our partnerships and open connectivity.”

In addition to IBA’s three Proton Rooms, all with IMPT’s MOSAIQ, will be used together with the hospital’s Accuray Radixact and Varian TrueBeam treatment delivery systems. The deal includes licenses to run Elekta’s MOSAIQ® Medical Oncology system in the same database.

Dr. Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said: “The Apollo Group is at the forefront of leveraging technologies that improve patient care and create efficient workflows for clinicians to seamlessly deliver healthcare of high quality. Today, our hospitals are amongst the first to introduce filmless and paperless technology that deliver care through fully integrated electronic medical records and hospital information systems. Elekta’s collaboration with IBM Watson Health to unite its ‘Watson for Oncology’ computing technology with Elekta’s portfolio of digital solutions was a key factor that influenced our decision to choose Elekta.

“With Elekta’s MOSAIQ® oncology information system at APCC, we aspire to provide the most advanced, comprehensive and efficient care management for radiation, medical and surgical oncology to our patients. We are planning to commence our proton therapy unit by September this year.”

In 2017, Elekta and IBA announced that they would co-invest in developing new functionality for proton therapy treatment in Elekta’s Monaco® treatment planning system and MOSAIQ oncology information system. The purpose is to offer a more seamless experience for comprehensive radiotherapy departments and further improve patient care.

Elekta and Equicare Health established a reseller agreement in January 2018 to enhance cancer patient engagement, care and management. Through this agreement, patients can receive updates on their care plans, provide feedback and patient reported outcomes through the platform. Clinical information is integrated into MOSAIQ directly from Equicare CS™.

Third International Hospitality Day Celebrated on 24th April 2018

The third International Hospitality Day was celebrated across India and the world by hoteliers and hospitality professionals on 24th April 2018. Delighted to have a day dedicated to their passion and dedication, hospitality professionals celebrated the day with recognitions and discussions about the education and the business of hospitality. International Hospitality Day was initiated in 2016 by the International Hospitality Council (IHC), London and Dr. Suborno Bose, hospitality evangelist, Chief Mentor of International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and CEO and Convenor of IHC, London. The objective was to dedicate one day in the year to the Hospitality industry and Celebrate, Promote and Educate in Hospitality. “International Hospitality Day brings together all the professionals who work in this industry throughout the world under one umbrella of the International Hospitality Council (IHC) and celebrate the success of this industry. This year over 50 countries around the world are celebrating this amazing day,” said Dr Suborno Bose on the occasion. Iconic Chef, Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor said on the occasion, “IIHM has set a new benchmark in hospitality on International Hospitality Day.”

The day was celebrated through various interesting and inspiring programmes organised by IIHM at eight of its centres, pan-India. Panel discussions were organised by the centres in collaboration with five-star hotel addresses in Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa and Guwahati. Stalwarts from the hospitality industry came together at panel discussions held at these prestigious addresses to impart motivating ideas and experiences and to discuss the future of the industry. The discussions also inspired the younger generation to join this wonderful industry. “I am pleased that IIHM in coordination with the IHC, London has initiated this International Hospitality Day on 24th of April,” said Ranju Alex, General Manager, JW Marriot, Kolkata. Samrat Datta, the General Manager of Taj Bengal, Kolkata also felt proud about this day, “It’s great to have a day dedicated to us hoteliers.”

“We must tell the world about the opportunities, the jobs, learning and studying together and getting to understand one another through the medium of food and hospitality,” said Prof David Foskett, the Chairman of the IHC.

Representatives of various nations congratulated the IHC and IIHM on this unique initiative. Damiano Francovigh, Italian Consul-General said, “I wish all success to this initiative launched by IIHM and the IHC. It’s great to have 50 countries come together to celebrate this initiative in Kolkata and across the world.” Bruce Bucknell, the Hon’ble British Deputy High Commissioner, said, “I am delighted to see that this initiative by IHC and IIHM is taking place.” The Ambassador of Thailand to India, Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi took the opportunity to remind everyone of the core Indian value of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ – which means ‘Guest is God’ and International Hospitality Day is a reminder of this value.”

Roll of Honours:

Like previous years, the highlight of International Hospitality Day 2018 was the recognition of contributions and hard work by hospitality professionals around the world. The leading hotel brands around India identified one hardworking and dedicated staffs who has contributed outstandingly to the hotel and to the industry in keeping with principle of ‘Service with a Smile’. The awards were presented jointly by the IHC and IIHM.

The stalwarts of the industry are also awarded for their outstanding contributions on this day. This year, Ritesh Agarwal, the Founder of OYO Rooms was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of The Year’. Rajen Bali, Editor of ‘Windows On Travel’ magazine, was presented the Award of Excellence this year.

The Hall of Fame Award will also be given away in a few days. The recipient’s name will be announced at the time of the award. Last year this award was presented to Mr Ratan Tata, former Chairman, Tata Sons.

Hospitality Goodwill Tour:

The third International Hospitality Day was marked by another landmark event. Three families set off from Pune, Delhi and Ahmedabad on the Hospitality Goodwill Tour. The families set off on a road trip from India to London. The trip will take over two months and the hospitality ambassadors will cross 13 different countries on the way including Nepal, China, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and the UK.

About IIHM

IIHM (International Institute of Hotel Management) is the largest chain of premier hospitality and hotel management schools across India that started its journey in 1994 at Kolkata. IIHM is a part of Indismart Group, the conglomerate that operates the Indismart Hotels. IIHM campuses are located across eight national and international cities with the associate institute IAM-IHM located in Kolkata, Goa and Guwahati. Students passing out of IIHM are armed with an international degree from the University of West London and equipped with global hospitality skills that enable easy placements in any hospitality brand across the world. IIHM is dedicated to its pursuit of excellence in teaching and placements. Real time experience is the key to success in hospitality and that makes the institute popular. In recent years, IIHM has been instrumental in organizing the Young Chef Olympiad, a unique idea and initiative inviting young culinary talents across the world to participate in the biggest cookery reality shows of all times. The countdown has already begun for the fourth edition, Young Chef Olympiad 2018, slated to take place from January 28 to February 2.

The institute has bagged several prestigious awards in the past 24 years. The list includes the Best Education Brand Award from Economic Times in 2017. IIHM was also awarded as one among the World’s Greatest Brands & Leaders 2015-16 by URS International (IMEA – Process Reviewer PriceWaterhouseCoopers PL) and also received the Best Institute in Hospitality Education 2017 Award by Assocham from Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), Govt. of India.

CBME India 2018 Concludes its 6th Edition in Mumbai

UBM India concluded the 6th edition of its uniquely positioned Children, Baby and Maternity Expo India 2018 (CBME India) in Mumbai last week. The largest children, baby and maternity product business expo in India, the CBME India offered unrivalled business opportunities for local and global manufacturers and sellers of baby products to connect, network and conduct business.

The inaugural ceremony of CBME India 2018 took place in the presence of Chief Guests: Ms. Esha Deol – Bollywood Celebrity Mom, and Mr. Bharat Takhtani, Entrepreneur; Special Guests; Mr. Rajesh Vohra – CEO Artsana India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ajay Agarwal – President Toy Association of India; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, MD UBM India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee, Group Director UBM India Pvt. Ltd. amidst an industry gathering.

The show brought together more than 350 major global and Indian brands, to showcase and launch an exhaustive spectrum of baby care products, toys, baby food, organic clothing, nutraceuticals, ergonomic furniture, licensing brands, stationery, gifts, infant safety technology, brain development tools among a rich array of other quality, technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing international products.

Professionals visiting the expo catered to baby, child wear, children shoe stores, maternity wear shops; toy shops, supermarkets, hypermarkets, department stores, pre-schools, nursing homes, individual buyers, service companies, designers, associations and Consulates.

Some of the key exhibitors included The Himalaya Drug Company, Nobel Hygiene Pvt. Ltd., Artsana India Pvt. Ltd., R for Rabbit Baby Products Pvt. Ltd., Azafran Innovacion Ltd., Mandot Impex, Royal Industries (Thailand) Public Company Limited, First Care India Pvt. Ltd., Nectar Biopharma Pvt. Ltd., M/s. A Star Marketing Pvt. Ltd., Dream Theater, Resper International (India) Pvt. Ltd., Sunheri Marketing Pvt. Ltd., Galaxy Incorporation, Superbrandz Medical Innovations Pvt. Ltd., Softsens Consumer Products Pvt. Ltd. and Me N Moms Pvt. Ltd.

This year, the trade fair saw enthusiastic participation from countries such as China, Canada, Korea; Singapore; Russia; Saudi Arabia; UK, USA, Vietnam, and Thailand. This influx is bound to provide Indian manufacturers with insights into the latest trends and technology, according to industry observers. Significantly, the event was well-supported by key associations such as Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA), Indian Importers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IICCI) and All India Association (AIAI).

The CBME India 2018 comprised a number of salient features including power – packed knowledge sessions, seminars, discussion of new trends and various international pavilions to surge into the rapidly expanding and diverse retail sector in India. This included the Fashion N kids Conclave 2018 with trending subjects such as Role of fibre type in kids wear; Challenges in Sourcing/Manufacturing/Marketing or Branding for kids wear; Organic clothing- Future for Kids wear Market; User friendliness in Digital Networking in Retail segment and Advanced Finishes for kids wear. A panel discussion on the Future of Kids wear in India in line with Global trends concluded the proceedings. A special session on ‘Leveraging License to Grow Your Market’ also discussed the lucrative licensing and merchandising industry in the kids category and upcoming opportunities in new licensing genres; which was organised by LIMA. The expo also included a ‘Unique Product Corner’ that displayed innovation. The most unique product of the year was presented to BuddsBuddy and the best stall design was presented to BayBee.

Speaking on the conclusion of CBME India 2018, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India, said, “The global baby and maternity products market is expected to reach USD 121.0 billion by 2025, according to industry research. Formerly considered a niche market, the domestic baby, maternity and childcare products market in India has a broader mind share than before as well as a tremendous potential to grow. Yet, we do observe a paucity of information and availability of novel products in this segment. It is here that unique initiatives like CBME India play a very important part to provide information and education as well as the inspiration to raise the bar for the children and maternity market.”

He added, “The top trends informing this sector, as seen in the expo, are an increase in functional, ergonomic and eco-friendly designs, more co-branded products, such as those leveraging characters from children’s favourite TV show, and a greater attention to safety with the development of new safety related products.”

While the child care sector in India is still at a nascent stage, it is one with immense potential due to an ever growing population. The sector is poised to develop significantly at a CAGR of around 17 percent in terms of revenue. In terms of products, although highly fragmented, it is increasingly getting dominated by organised players due to the ethical nature of infant and child care, which includes sub-categories such as nutrition, well-being, intellectual stimulation, tender skin and hair care.

Industry speak at CBME 2018

Esha Deol – Bollywood Celebrity

“CBME INDIA 2018 is a fantastic B2B exhibition and is great for mothers and children’s products. UBM India is doing a great job to enhance the industry by its extraordinary platform and we wish them all the best. This is 6th year of CBME and many more to come and grow bigger & better.”

Ajay Aggarwal – TAI President

“This is the first time I am visiting CBME India and this is the platform to be if you are into children products business. We are thinking to join hands with the platform in the upcoming years and we can grow together.”

Vijeta Ranmale – Brand Manager, Pranava Creations Pvt. Ltd.

“CBME India has given us the right platform to connect with retailers and distributors. We find good growth here and CBME is the right place for us to get on that growth path.”

Sabarish T S – Founder, CuddlyCoo

“I’m participating at CBME India for the first time. I had a great experience here. We had some very interesting visitors, distributors, exporters, all sorts of retailers. There was a variety of people coming in. The best thing was that people were genuinely interested in our products.”

Krishna Sighakolli – Founder, First Care India Pvt. Ltd. (BuddsBuddy)

“This is our second visit. We have come here with a better stall and a better presentation because we have received tremendous response last year.”

Karan Anand – International Sales and Business Development, American Hygiene Corporation

“It’s a nice platform for all buyers, exhibitors and retailers. We are happy with CBME India visitors profile”

Rajesh Vohra – CEO, Artsana India Pvt. Ltd. (Chicco) (VIP)

“UBM India has really done a very good job with the 6th edition of CBME India. We see that this is an important place where we can meet our prospective buyers and customers. It is a good platform to showcase the best baby care and maternity products in the world. It was a very lively event with 100+ exhibitors and 400+ brands. It’s amazing.”

Supriya Baikerikar – Founder, The Doll House Co.

“CBME India has been a wonderful experience in terms of networking, collaborations, reselling and finding retailers for us. Fabulous Experience indeed!”

Christiaan Meeuwisse – Managing Director, Unique positioning (Britax)

“CBME is the biggest kids show in India so, if we really want to do something in this country we have to be here.”

Shish Kharesiya – Founder, BeyBee

“CBME India, India’s most amazing exhibition for emerging & growing Baby & mom product brands helps to get the best leads for distributors, wholesalers and modern trade at one place.”

About UBM India:

UBM India is India’s leading exhibition organizer that provides the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars. UBM India hosts over 25 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organizer in Asia and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia.

About UBM plc:

UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.