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Detecting Stillbirths With Smart Sensors

Enduring a stillbirth can be a traumatising and painful experience for parents. In 2015, there were 2.6 million stillbirths globally, with an average of 7,178 deaths per day. Most of these stillbirths take place in under-developed or developing nations, and due to a significant delay in reporting abnormalities in pregnancy parameters and milestones. The window for detection of stillbirths specifically is narrow, in most cases 24 hours. Unless there is a convenient and accurate way to monitor foetal movements and possible distress, it becomes challenging to treat the condition. This was the main source of inspiration for Shivi Kapil, who is using principles of design and technology to mitigate the occurrence of stillbirths. During her stint at NID while pursuing a master’s degree in User Ex...

Why Digital Propulsion Is The Answer to India’s Growing Healthcare Challenges

In the 16th century, the Portugese brought modern medicine to India, with the French and British establishing India’s first hospitals in mid-17th century in erstwhile Calcutta and Madras. Today, there are more than 196,000 hospitals in India. As of 2016, the Indian healthcare market stood at $110bn and can reach $280bn by 2020. The healthcare industry has grown by leaps and bounds – not only has it expanded in size across the country with major hospital chains emerging in India’s biggest cities, but an immense amount of innovation has been done in these hospital chains too. While hospitals may have mushroomed across India’s major cities and larger towns, the millions that reside in India’s rural pockets struggle with access basic healthcare amenities even today. Less than 1/3 of doctors tr...

The Bleeding Edge in Fintech

Minutes from NTLF 2019 Fintech Round table discussion – Authored by Pari Natarajan, Co-founder and CEO, Zinnov Agenda: FinTech innovations are helping unbanked individuals and small businesses gain access to finance. New applications are enhancing business processes such as clearing and settlement, compliance, risk management and fund administration. Technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence are helping financial service firms improve their efficiency and responsiveness to customer needs and much more. What will be the bleeding edge in FinTech over the next 2-3 years and how should we take advantage of this? Discussion Summary:  India’s Fintech ecosystem is in an era of massive scale innovations, creating opportunities for both global and Indian companies to drive i...

Strengthen Security by Addressing Insider Risk

The number of catastrophic cyber-attacks is surging and is likely to get worse. The malicious and deliberate cyber-attacks can be from individuals or organizations trying to benefit from vulnerable business systems. Organizations can construct walls, set up perimeter protection, and spend enormous resources maintaining it all. However, if the enemy is within the organization, that wall is not good enough. According to the Ponemon Institute, 48% of cloud data breaches are the outcome of insiders deliberately or accidentally exposing data from a cloud service. The Information Security Forum puts that number at 54%. Whatever the statistics, it is a reality that attacks from insiders are a real threat. Malicious data breaches (61%) are among the critical insider threats organizations are most ...

Design Talk Episode No. 2: Don Norman, a Podcast/Webinar hosted & moderated by Gerard J Rego

Design Talk Episode No. 2 with Don Norman, a Podcast/Webinar hosted & moderated by Gerard J Rego on 16th November 2018. Donald Arthur Norman is one of the most influential voices within the UX and Design Industry and also the cognitive sciences. He has produced some of the earliest literature about human-centered design and continues to do so within the digital space – he also coined the term “user experience” whilst working at Apple. Donald Arthur Norman is currently serving as the Director of The Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. His books on design are widely read and respected particularly his bestseller, The Design of Everything. His expertise in design, cognitive science and usability engineering is legendary. Norman is also a co-founder and consultant at the...

Design Talk Episode No. 1: Don Norman, a Podcast/Webinar hosted & moderated by Gerard J Rego

Design Talk Episode No. 1 with Don Norman, a Podcast/Webinar hosted & moderated by Gerard J Rego on 22nd August 2018. Donald Arthur Norman one of the most influential voices within the UX and Design Industry and also the cognitive sciences. He has produced some of the earliest literature about human-centered design and continues to do so within the digital space – he also coined the term “user experience” whilst working at Apple. Connect with us and learn more about our initiative at: www.design4india.in Instagram – @design4india Twitter – @Design4India_ Facebook – /design4india.in LinkedIn – /design4india/

Design Talk Episode No. 4 with Prateek Sinha, a Podcast/Webinar moderated by Gerard J Rego

Design Talk Episode No. 4 with Prateek Sinha, a Podcast/Webinar moderated by Gerard J Rego on 20th March 2019. Prateek heads the design thinking and experience practice at PwC India. He focuses on finding and solving complex problems. His passion and ambition to be the world’s most “wicked” problem-solver is truly infectious! Over 22 years of helping leading firms across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific has helped him hone his inherent ability to empathize, ask the right questions, unleash others’ creative confidence, connect the dots and challenge the status quo to deliver game-changing outcomes. Connect with us and learn more about our initiative at: www.design4india.in Instagram – @design4india Twitter – @Design4India_ Facebook – /design4india.in LinkedIn – /desig...

Healthcare Begins at Home

NASSCOM CoE fostering Innovation and Thought Leadership on Technology for better home healthcare Owing to lower doctor-to-patient ratios, poor healthcare infrastructure, spiralling costs and long-distance travel for patients, especially in the context of rural India, availing timely healthcare is a challenge today. But fret not. Having a hospital at your doorstep is now a reality, thanks to technology. The home healthcare market is still in its nascent stages in India but can grow to more than $6.2bn by 2021 (1). Currently, the industry is serviced by a multitude of healthcare start-ups, healthcare aggregators, diagnostic centres, radiology centres and even some of the major hospitals. Advancements in information technology and medical electronics are bringing high quality healthcare at th...

Advantages and disadvantages of automated testing

Automated testing, if used correctly, can provide many benefits and benefits to a project. On the other hand, it has certain drawbacks and pitfalls that we should be aware of. In this article I will try to make out all the advantages and disadvantages of automated testing. Benefits: Condition check Automated tests are a great way to confirm that an application is still functioning properly after changes are made to it. It is possible that after adding a new function to the application or fixing a bug, a new bug is added to the application, i.e. we can talk about a regression bug. By completing the regression test run, we can quickly catch the bugs introduced by the new functionality, which will allow us to quickly identify the problem module. In this case, it is important to run tests afte...

The Rise of Healthcare Solution Companies

Today, in the world of Healthcare and Information Technology there are a large number of small companies that are entering the competition, now — as a matter of fact, these so called ‘small healthcare technology companies’ have been much more successful than these large non-industry-specific technology companies and specifically in addressing the the issues related to the industry-specific needs of healthcare.   In the years leading up until this present day, there are many examples around us where we’ve seen that the large and the better known technology organizations — those that had invested in the Health Information Technology market with high expectations ended up hitting up bad values such as low sales, low revenues, negative investment returns that...