Globalization is a defining characteristic of the present times. It is explained by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a phenomenon of increasing interconnectedness and interdependence amongst countries which includes the opening of borders to facilitate flow of people, goods, finances, services and ideas across international borders and the changes in institutional and policy regimes at the international and national levels that facilitate or promote such flows.
Alongside globalization, is another phenomenon that has marked a paradigm shift: the emergence of 'knowledge' as the most important and true power of this century. It may be difficult to keep pace with this knowledge explosion; however this is required! One therefore needs to look at the knowledge in different disciplines and consider applying these pearls of wisdom to improve the services offered by one's discipline.
In the dual context of globalization and knowledge explosion, healthcare has assumed centre stage as an area that is becoming increasingly global and knowledge—oriented. A key feature of this dynamically growing healthcare sector is its expansion, to include into its fold, many other disciplines such as Management, Information Technology Law, Communication, Geospatial Applications, International Relations etc.
In consonance with these transformative forces in a globalizing world, the Faculty of Health & Biomedical Sciences (FoHBS), Symbiosis IntenationaI University (SIU) has organized SYMHEALTH 2017- An International Conference on Healthcare in a Globalizing World. The objective is to explore enriching healthcare delivery through an interdisciplinary approach. It reflects our belief that in order to facilitate available, affordable & accessible healthcare delivery, one needs to stay abreast with developments in other disciplines in this very well connected & knowledgeable world. SYMHEALTH 2017 is thus a step towards forging new dialogues with various stakeholders of the healthcare community beyond academia, both in India and abroad, bringing in new insights and perspectives from other fields, offering a platform on which to foster intellectual fellowship amongst all stakeholders and most importantly being the instrument of global advances in healthcare.