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NPC2019 – HealthTech Summit Report

November 6, 2019 – Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur     A power-packed day with keynotes, panel discussions, industry success stories, startup success stories and a distinguished industry roundtable – the HealthTech Summit at #NPC2019 was a resounding success, bringing together the ecosystem players on one platform for constructive measures in healthcare”   Raghuram Janapareddy, Director, Lifesciences & Healthcare, NASSCOM Center of Excellence IoT & AI opened the day-long summit with a special mention about the evolving digital focus in healthcare services by governments and private institutions across the globe. The importance of this topic is sufficiently endorsed by WHO, which constituted  a Digital Health Advisory Group comprising 20 global leaders and a Roster ...

TechVoice: Cloudnine Group of Hospitals Driving Rural Healthcare Development & Healthcare Policy In India

Dr. Kishore Kumar, Founder & Chairman, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals  You have worked extensively in the field of maternal/fetal and neonatal care. What do you think are the most significant changes in this sector of healthcare? It’s good that maternal, fetal and neonatal health is being discussed. These areas have been neglected for a long time in India. Countries like UK, Europe and USA have reduced their quality indices and progressed; the Quality Indices of maternal, fetal and neonatal health are measured by their mortality rates. In the last 10 years, the focus has shifted to these issues due to various govt programmes like Pradhan Mantri Surakshith Matritva Abhiyan, Rashitriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakaram, Lakshya in addition to periodic maternal death surveillance reports – these h...

TechVoice: Healthcare & Information Technology – When The Two Indian Economic Behemoths Meet

Imagine taking ill when you’re overseas. More than ruining a vacation or a business trip, it’s also one of the most alarming scenarios a person could be caught in on foreign soil. Is travel insurance enough to cover you? Will you get optimum level of medical care? Will medical professionals be able to access your history? Who will be a primary caretaker? All these questions and more played on Harish Rijhwani’s mind when he contracted chicken pox while in the USA. Here’s an excerpt of his experience from his book ‘Healthcare Decoded – Begin Your Healthcare IT Journey’ Year 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee “….On that morning, I noticed my body had small red spots coming up, even on my head, I could feel small bumps coming up. I ignored the same and went to the office. In the night I decided to u...

Doctor of the Future

Recently in Bangalore, NASSCOM CoE – IoT & AI hosted a Roundtable which featured doctors as panellists who deliberated on the benefits of digitalization on the medical profession in general, not shying away from distilling the hype either. Where are we in Digital Healthcare? “We know where to go but not necessarily how to get there”, proffered Dr Arvind Kasargod, Group Medical Director, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, also the moderator of the session. Are doctors resistant to technology adoption? Dr Kasargod doesn’t think so and offered a simplistic explanation: “the stethoscope would never have seen the light of day if that had been the case”. He believes that technology adoption should create value for all participants, “We also need to ask the question to doctors and patients alike –...

Healthcare Goes Digital: How LHIF 6.0 Is Addressing This Critical Change In Indian Healthcare

The sixth edition of the Lifesciences & Healthcare Innovation Forum (LHIF) was held on 19th September, 2019 at The Leela Palace, Bengaluru, which saw some of the region’s most prolific leaders and decision makers in healthcare, medicine and technology converge and discuss the way ahead for India’s healthcare industry. With a billion-dollar opportunity at hand and a billion-strong population waiting to witness the next wave of innovation in healthcare, LHIF presents as one of the few platforms in India to bring together the biggest stakeholders in policy, industry, innovation and technology to deliver a comprehensive impact on healthcare. The event began with keynotes delivered by Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman & Executive Director, Narayana Health; Nalinikanth Gollagunta, President &...

Blockchain – A potential disrupter for Healthcare Domain

By Sajal Singhal, Manager, Product Development, GlobalLogic India Do you own bitcoin currency? Whether you do or don’t you’ve probably heard of it and other cryptocurrencies that have been rallying patronage and experiencing a strong hype right now. The technology powering these cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, is nothing short of disruption and is believed to have the potential to revolutionize the way we do business. Emerging blockchain technology is ushering in a new era built on strong foundations of customer involvement and objective trade. Blockchain, an open, distributed ledger that can document transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way thus taking away the risk of accidental, or intentional, tweaking of data. This is ensured by storing data (or...

Redefining The Healthcare Landscape Today With Digital Technologies: A Sneak Peek Into LHIF

  This piece has been authored by Raghuram Janapareddy, Director, Lifesciences & Healthcare, NASSCOM Center of Excellence   The LifeSciences & Healthcare Innovation Forum (LHIF) is NASSCOM’s flagship initiative to enable India’s healthcare ecosystem, and a federated platform to unify the biggest players in the sector for technology adoption, implementation and proliferation in healthcare today. The Indian healthcare industry is a behemoth – it is expected to reach $280 billion by next year, and $382 billion by 2022. The industry is growing and evolving due to a variety of reasons that include the rising population, range of illnesses and conditions that need immediate attention; versatility & experience of medical professionals in India; growth of pharmaceuticals, med...

Innovate2Transform: Cloudnine Group of Hospitals Bringing Technology & Innovation To Healthcare

Rohit MA, cofounder and managing director of Cloudnine Group of Hospitals speaks to NASSCOM CoE IoT DSAI on bringing technology and innovation to healthcare in a variety of ways. “Patience is key. Longevity and Sustainability is Critical To Healthcare Startups To Evaluate Themselves.” Rohit MA, Cofounder & Managing Director, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals    You can listen to the entire interview here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kNgCr4R0dc&t=41s   This is part of our ongoing series Innovate2Transform, where we bring to you the leaders of the industry talk about the latest in innovation, technology and trends in their industry sectors.  If you want to contribute, write to sindhuja@nasscom.in.  For more updates, follow NASSCOM CoE IoT-DSAI on LinkedIn...

How Healthcare Startups Can Get The Most Out Of Mobile Apps

A mobile app development company can assist a healthcare startup in a number of different ways. Healthcare apps are now a crucial aspect of the industry and a mobile app development company is always going to play a major role going forward. In order for a healthcare startup to get the most out of their apps, they must choose a mobile app development company that has their best interests at heart. The telemedicine market continues to grow as well. Digital healthcare is no longer the wave of the future. It is an important area that needs to be addressed by any facility looking to achieve their objectives. The Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are providing solutions that simply were not available before. In order for healthcare startups to get the most out of their relationship...

TechVoice: A Conundrum called “Business Requirement Document” alias “BRD”

Dr. Chandrika Kambam, Vice President – Clinical Services, Columbia Asia Group of Hospitals, on developing robust IT infrastructure in hospitals in line with their immediate needs Over the last couple of years, I had an opportunity to work closely with information technology (IT) team on various initiatives that we undertook to improve and support our business processes. I was the bridge between the team that executed the services on the ground and the technology team that put these systems in place. What I have observed is that very few systems meet 100% customer expectations in one go. There are always reiterations, innumerable versions of the systems that are released, before it meets even 90% of the end user needs. As I reflect on the various reasons for this, I was surprised to r...