Standing by the healthcare community

Standing by the healthcare community

We are still with you

As I write these words, I hear my kids laughing and playing in the room next door. Another Teams meeting request has flashed on my screen, one of many today. There is little need to check for traffic updates on my app: I’m already home.

It’s remarkable to think that only a few weeks ago I was speaking with many of you at Arab Health and Medlab Middle East. We shook hands. We embraced. We exchanged cards. We navigated throngs of people passing in different directions. The air was filled with conversation and the aroma of coffee.

I would like to assure you, however, that despite these challenging circumstances we are still here for you and are standing by the healthcare community. We might be social distancing, but we haven’t gone away.

Wouter Molman,

Executive Vice President – Healthcare

Informa Markets

Medical tourism

According to Ministry of Tourism figures, India's medical tourism industry could grow by 200% by 2020, hitting $9 billion. In 2015, India ranked as the third most popular destination for medical tourism, when the industry was worth $3 billion. The number of foreign tourists coming into the country on medical visas sat at nearly 234,000 that year. By 2017, the number of arrivals more than doubled to 495,056, government figures show.

Driving this growth is the low cost of surgery in India, nearly one-tenth of the cost in developed countries and there are 21 Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals in India with numbers expected to grow in the future.

The boom in medical tourism in the Indian healthcare sector is also encouraging hospitals and hoteliers to strike alliances with each other, says The presence of world-class hospitals and skilled medical professionals has strengthened India’s position as a preferred destination for medical tourism, and the healthcare industry is now proactively creating standards for the medical tourism industry with the help of credit rating agencies, insurance companies, and others involved in the self-regulation of the sector.

Medical devices

The Indian medical device market is worth an estimated $9 billion and is expected to exceed $14 billion by the end of 2025, according to figures from India imports nearly 75% of its medical devices and barriers to entry are low compared to other industries. The country remains highly dependent on imports for many types of medical devices, particularly higher-end products that include cancer diagnostics, medical imaging, ultrasonic scans, and PCR technologies.

In view of the relatively low customs duty rates (9.2%-15%), combined with an increasing number of healthcare centres specialising in advanced surgery, India offers opportunities for the direct supply of high-technology, specialised medical equipment, products and systems.

To ensure quality healthcare, in October 2005, the Government of India increased the list of medical devices covered under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940, bringing several categories of implantable devices under regulatory control. This list was further revised in October 2018, bringing several additional categories of implantable devices under regulatory control. The new rules have eliminated the need for constant re-approval of manufacturing and import licenses, and these licenses have now been made valid for perpetuity unless the license is suspended, terminated or surrendered.

Keeping the industry connected

The Omnia Health platform will continue to unite the healthcare industry with two digital counterpart of our events.

Omnia Health Insights is where you'll find the latest industry updates, news and expertise, covering the innovations around the testing and treatment of COVID-19. Browse articles and interviews, download white papers, take part in webinars and keep on top of the developments in the industry that matter to you.

Omnia Health Marketplace brings together suppliers and buyers, empowering them to form connections with a dedicated space for sourcing the medical devices and equipment most in demand in the fight against COVID-19. Buyers can search through medical products and catalogues and reach out to suppliers directly, as well as share their specific sourcing needs for suppliers from across the globe, who can reach out in turn with their products.

These digital approaches will complement the existing traditional offerings of events rather than replace them altogether.

Saluting our modern day heroes

As life momentarily pauses, let’s take a minute to appreciate the sacrifice and bravery of our modern-day heroes.

To our healthcare colleagues worldwide, we may not know them all, but we owe them all.

Hero series

A platform for our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers worldwide to share their experiences during this challenging circumstances to keep our nations safe in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are in this together

The pandemic is having a profound effect on the lives of millions of people around the world. This crisis has brought unprecedented challenges both for people and society and we all have had to adjust to our new reality quickly.

Starting with social distancing, working from home to distance learning, life must go on as we do our part to help flatten the curve.

Stay at home, keep your distance, be safe and support each other #WeAreInThisTogether.


Free access to COVID-19 content


Omnia Health Insights, will also provide you with the latest on ways the the healthcare industry is tackling COVID-19, with articles, interviews and more on the coronavirus updates page.

n addition, Taylor & Francis, an Informa Business has published a new microsite that aggregates and organizes all recently published COVID-19 research in one easy to navigate portal, including all relevant research articles and book chapters. All breaking research relating to COVID-19 continues to be freely accessible in support of global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into the virus. New research will be added to the microsite as soon as it breaks.

For further information, visit

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