Mumbai is all set to host 70th Annual Conference of Cardiological Society of India (CSI) after a gap of seven years from November 22nd-25th, 2018.
It is the country’s largest forum for the cardiology fraternity which has over 5000 delegates, national and international faculty. CSI-TV is an initiative curated by Medwiz Healthcare Communications.
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Being seen as a first-of-its-kind initiative, the conference organisers have adopted the ‘GO GREEN, GO DIGITAL’ concept to minimize usage of paper to do their bit for the environment.
Mr. Ajoy Mehta, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, will inaugurate the conference with keynote address. The ceremony will be followed by cultural programmes showcasing the spirit of Mumbai and Maharashtra.
The program of the conference is designed to enrich the knowledge of practicing cardiologists and physicians. Its theme, ‘Translating Recent Advances to Regional Needs’, strives to translate advances in scientific knowledge into meaningful steps that can transform patient care and public health.
Prof Prafulla Kerkar, Head-Department of Cardiology, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Mumbai, said “The world over, information and communication technologies are being increasingly applied to treat patients, conduct research and educate healthcare professionals and patients, track diseases and monitor public health – the Era of ‘Digital Health’ is here”.
Acknowledging the concept of ‘GO GREEN, GO DIGITAL’ campaign, he said “ we do understand the role of environmental pollution on cardiovascular diseases making us go green to preserve the eco system and limit use of paper during the conference using and apps and digital media.”
The four day international conference will have joint sessions with Presidents of premier international cardiac societies such as the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology.
As follow-on to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Initiative launched on World Heart Day, 2018, cardiologists from across the country will train public service personnel from the Municipal Corporation, Fire Brigade and Police in the art of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation on CPR manikins.
“This year we are expanding the much-needed public social awareness of training lay people in saving lives with our unique initiative of ‘Lend your hands to save a heart’, wherein we are giving hands-on training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation utilizing manikins. This training will be given to first responders and public service personnel from the Municipal Corporation, Fire Brigade and Police,” said Dr. Amit Vora, Cardiologist at Lilavati & Breach Candy Hospital.
To give a boost to idea ‘Practice what you preach – cardiologists leading by example’, there would be a five km run to promote a healthy heart and lifestyle.
Prof. Satyavan Sharma, Professor and Head of the Cardiology Department, Bombay Hospital & Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, said “In this CSI 2018, Global Cardiology Societies like European and American Society of Cardiology will join us and in next 4 days exchange of ideas and exposure to best global practices and innovations will occur. This will help all of us to improve healthcare. Being healthy and making people healthy is core to all of us.”
“CSI 2018 is a digital conference, with a live relay of all the proceedings and deliberations. This concept, in the coming years will have a wider reach to doctors all over the country and world-wide, such that physical presence and travel to conference venue will not be necessary. Eventually this will result in ease of learning with a significant cost saving,” Said Dr. Charan Lanjewar, Professor, Department of Cardiology, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Mumbai.