The future of telehealth: Navigating opportunities, ensuring access, global impact and measurement strategies



Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

This panel discussion, chaired by Apollo Hospitals Group, will look at the opportunities and challenges for telehealth as a global force for change in healthcare provision and service delivery. Experts will discuss the rapidly changing landscape of telehealth, including the methods of measuring impact and providing evidence; how telehealth can improve access to healthcare for underserved populations; ROI and the challenges and opportunities available for funding telehealth initiatives.


  • Dr Sai Praveen Haranath, Senior Pulmonologist and Intensivist, Apollo Hospitals; SVP for Medical and Strategy, Apollo Health Axis, India
  • Prof. Ravi Prakash Mahajan, Director for Critical Care Transformation, Apollo Hospitals, India


Wednesday 11 September


Chairs and Speakers

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath

Senior Pulmonologist and Intensivist, Apollo Hospitals; SVP for Medical and Strategy, Apollo Health Axis, India

Dr Sai Praveen Haranath is an American Board certified Senior Consultant Pulmonologist and Critical Care Specialist at Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India. He also serves as the Medical Director of Apollo eACCESS TeleICU Service – a pioneering initiative in telemedicine providing critical care expertise remotely across various healthcare settings.

In addition to his clinical roles, Dr Haranath is an Adjunct Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation (AHERF). He is the Clinic Director of Apollo LAM Clinic, which is part of the LAM Foundation International Clinic Network, specializing in the treatment and research of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).

Dr Haranath is an active member of several prestigious organizations including leading the Steering Committee of the Telehealth Special Interest Group (SIG) at the International Hospital Federation (IHF) in Geneva, Switzerland, and serves on the Steering Committee for the IHF Innovation Hub. Additionally, he is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Digital Health, contributing to the advancement of digital health practices globally.

His contributions to the field are recognized internationally, including his past roles in various leadership positions at the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). Dr Haranath’s work extends beyond clinical practice and academia as a member of the Speaker Bureau for The Outstanding Speakers Bureau (TOSB) and been a TEDx speaker on the impact of technology in saving lives. He has comprehensive experience and leadership in pulmonary and critical care medicine, coupled with his dedication to innovation in telehealth.

Prof. Ravi Prakash Mahajan

Director for Critical Care Transformation, Apollo Hospitals, India

Prof. Ravi Prakash Mahajan is the Director for Critical Care Transformation and the Director of Research and Innovation of Apollo Hospitals in India. He is also a Professor Emeritus in the Nottingham University in the UK.

He was the Past President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, an Ex-Council Member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and Former Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia – all based in the UK. He also served as the previous Chairman of the Safety Committee of European Society of Anaesthesiology.

Dr Mohammed Alhamali

Chairman of the National Innovation and Regulatory Sandbox, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia

Dr Mohammed Alhamali is a driven and visionary Senior Executive with a unique blend of experience in strategy, research, innovation, and digital transformation across public, private, and third-sector organizations.

With over a decade of established success, Dr Alhamali has spearheaded national initiatives, managed corporate strategies, and forged strong partnerships with global entities. His core expertise lies in leveraging technology and innovation to strategically drive business growth, enhance operations, and make a significant impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Additionally, Dr Alhamali is a key contributor to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 – excelling in advancing its ambitious objectives.

Dr Khulood Alsayegh

Head of Clinical Standards and Guidelines, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Dr Khulood Alsayegh is an accomplished healthcare leader and regulatory advisor, the Head of Clinical Standards and Guidelines for Dubai Health Authority, a non-resident Fellow Researcher with Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Governance, and a Consultant Family Physician.

She qualified at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She has 20 years of clinical experience in the United States, Europe, the GCC, and the United Arab Emirates.

A pioneer in Telehealth and AI ethics, Dr Alsayegh is certified as the first ethical Lead Assessor in healthcare within the Middle East and Africa – by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Given her expertise, she has participated as a speaker in multiple local and international conferences and won multiple international awards.

Currently, she is leading the ongoing development of clinical standards for application to both private and public sectors across the emirate of Dubai.