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How Technology Is Powering the World’s Largest Healthcare Program – An exclusive interview with Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO of Ayushman Bharat

Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO of Ayushman Bharat Ayushman Bharat – a healthcare scheme so large that its beneficiaries are almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America combined – making it undeniably the largest healthcare scheme in the world. Launched in September 2018, Ayushman Bharat has been touted as a ‘game changer initiative to serve the poor’. At the time of launch, 13,000 hospitals were part of the scheme, and was poised to cover 50 crore people – with no cap on family size and age. More than 8,700 public and private hospitals have been empaneled for this scheme, with 33 states having signed MoUs with the Central government for program implementation. So far, 3.2 crore cards have been issued and nearly 40% of the Indian population is covered under this...

5th Lifesciences & Healthcare Innovation Forum: A Recap

The 5th Lifesciences & Healthcare Innovation Forum held on April 30th in New Delhi’s Shangri-La Eros Hotel was a resounding success. This was the first time the event was held in the capital, and witnessed its highest ever turnout of 170 attendees. With Digital Propulsion of Universal Healthcare as its central theme, there was enthused participation from various stakeholders including hospitals, healthcare enterprises, technology entities, startups and most notably, a strong representation from policy makers and government. The inaugural session witnessed keynotes by Ms Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM; Mr J Satyanarayana, Former secretary and Chair of Digital Healthcare Stack for Min of Health ; Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO, Ayushman Bharat; Mr Dileep Mangsuli, CTO, Wipro GE Healthcare; Mr ...

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...

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...

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...

HealthTech – Using Hashtags for Content Curation on Twitter

Post Image Source: SocialBites; 60+ Content Curation Tools | Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog Taking cue from an interesting Article by @JBBC 12 Ways To Search For Health-Related Content On Twitter via Marie Ennis-O’Connor | LinkedIn  Marie presents a very interesting set of stats in her post on LinkedIn,   Twitter’s statistics are mind-blowing. According to Internet Live Stats,  every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter which corresponds to over 350,000 tweets sent per minute,  500 million tweets per day and  around 200 billion tweets per year!  So, how do you keep up with all those tweets?  Obviously it’s impossible to keep up, but you can handle the avalanche better through a combination of maintaining Twitter lists of the people you follow, health...

Ensuring patient empowerment by the use of IT in Healthcare

At its very core, healthcare is a business. In other industries, consumer satisfaction drives loyalty, and return customers drive profitability. Health care should be no different. If patient empowerment is to be a sustainable growth strategy, it must not only deliver a positive ROI, but also a complete solution. Patient empowerment is a living, breathing, evolving thing. It looks different for each of us, and it can change with time and by disease and severity. Touch points for a patients before he shops around for validated information. Pre-register patients for a visit via a patient portal, have patients complete electronic health status questionnaire. Have validated and vetted information from other patients about their experiences through various processes and protocol during his stay...

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