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Meena Ganesh, 57

Managing director and CEO, Portea Medical

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There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a watershed moment in innovation for the healthcare industry. And Ganesh’s home care services company, Portea Medical, has been on the ball. By marshalling resources, mobilising key relationships with contact centre partners, and even executing unprecedented collaborations with competitors like CallHealth and HealthCare atHOME, Portea delivered home isolation support for Covid-19 patients under agreements with the governments of Delhi, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, and the local administrations of Chennai and Mumbai. Her company served over 100,000 patients at home with less than 3% needing hospitalisation, thereby ensuring that hospital beds across the country were available for critical care patients. Portea’s efforts in fighting the pandemic led to it hiring nearly 500 trained healthcare workers, 200 nurses, and 200 doctors. Based on its experience, Portea has created a playbook for the management of chronic and infectious diseases. Portea apart, Ganesh has her hands full. She sits on the boards of Axis Bank, Pfizer India, Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Limited, and ManipalCigna Health Insurance.

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