October Summit is the annual series of workshops and consultations held in honour of the birth anniversary of our founder, Dr.G.Venkataswamy.  These events are held to deliberate the real issues relating to effective eye care programmes and services and to find innovative solutions through sharing experiences and mutual consultation.

Background of this workshop

We all understand that eye care is a rapidly growing sector. Advancement in science and technology and the ever-increasing expectations of patients have brought in innumerable opportunities to improve care delivery and stay relevant. On the other side there are numerous operational challenges, we as ‘care providers’ face on a regular basis, which are solved either based on previous experience or ideas from top management or frontline staff but seldom use a scientific approach. There are many scientific methods readily available, to foster improvements and operational challenges in our own settings. These methods will help hospital teams to employ systematic, data-guided activities designed to bring about immediate improvement at system level to enhance quality, growth and value of the care provided.


The consultation would deliberate on the following:

  • Understanding improvements and how this can be relevant in the context of eye care delivery
  • Methodologies and tools that teams can adopt to foster improvements
  • Building a culture of learning within the organization to channelize energy for improvements
Day I (Oct 12, 2022, Wednesday) 09:30 am to 05:00 pm
  Inaugural Session (09:30 to 10:30 am)
  Topic Resource
9:30 AM Prayer  
9:32 AM Welcome Dr Krishnadas
Director-Human Resources, Aravind Eye Care System
9:37 AM Participant Introduction  
9:55 AM Context Setting for the workshop Mr Thulasiraj Ravilla
Executive Director-LAICO
Director-Operations, Aravind Eye Care System
10:10 AM Key note address: Clinicians Persepective on Improvement Dr Kim Ramasamy
Director-IT, AECS
Chief Medical Officer-Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
10:20 AM Workshop Overview Mr Syed Ali
Senior Faculty-LAICO
10:30 AM Group Photo and Tea Break
  Session 1
11:00 AM Improvement from Patient Perspective (15 mts) Ms Dhivya Ramasamy
Senior Faculty-LAICO
11:15 AM Discussion on Patient Expectation from partner perspective (15 mts)  
11:30 AM Challenges and Best Practices – Discussion Mr Vijayarajan,
Founder-CTO, InnAccel
12:00 PM Introduction to Improvement Model
1:00 PM Lunch
  Session 2
2:00 PM Introduction to Quality Tools Mr Vadamalayappan,
Consultant-TPM, Aurolab
5:00 PM Wrap and Preperation for Day 2  
Day 2 (Oct 13, 2022, Thursday) 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
  Session 3
9:00 AM Introduction to day’s agenda  
9:15 AM Case Study: Improving Clinical Quality Dr R D Ravindran
Director-Quality, Aravind Eye Care System
9:45 AM Case Study: Reducing Spectacle Delivery Time Ms Kannamma
HOD – Opticals & Medicals / Ms Dhivya Ramasamy
Senior Faculty, LAICO
10:30 AM Tea Break
11:00 AM Practising Improvement Exercise Mr Vijayarajan
Founder-CTO, InnAccel
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Practising Improvement Exercise  
3:45 PM Valediction and Closing

Syed Ali A
Senior Faculty, Laico
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