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LHIF – Care-Continuum Being Re-calibrated by Technology

Is it a coincidence that LHIF (Life Sciences & Healthcare Innovation Forum) is actually pronounced as LIFE? It’s a NASSCOM CoE IoT / AI initiative, a collaborative platform actually, for the healthcare delivery eco-system. It seeks out and showcases innovations in this area so let’s see what the 4th edition of LHIF (20th Dec, Mumbai) had for us.

The platform is unique in many ways and not least due to that fact that doctors and tech leaders share an equal space here to bring forth two very distinct angles – feasibility and scope from a medical practitioner’s point of view and the veritable tech angle (from CIOs / CTOs of hospitals, solution developers etc.).

Healthcare is transforming because of technology and there are several players in the fray right now – medical device companies, startups, pharma companies and of course governments. A lot of innovations are happening on-ground and they have to be showcased in appropriate forums which will aid rapid adoption and scale.

For instance, C-DAC’s e-Sushrut and NIC’s e-Hospital systems have a strong presence in the Hospital Information system and around 400 government hospitals across India have adopted them. Maintaining health records digitally, helps in easier data exchange, resource optimization, and reduction in clinical errors & waiting time. It’s an area where startups can play a bigger role but the medico-legal angle has to be borne in mind. Due to the very nature of the industry, reliability comes at a premium.

It’s not enough to have IT solutions only. Just as much, medical and paramedical staff have to be digitally trained as well. Unless this can be scaled in the next 3 – 5 years, there’ll be a bottleneck. With greatly improved life expectancy, the demand is very high.

We haven’t spoken about AI so far. On the one hand it can automate office processes to greatly improve productivity and on the other, robotic surgeries are increasingly becoming popular in some of the developed countries. Again, the skill gap exists everywhere and has to be bridged at the earliest.

In the 21st century, besides the traditional areas, the care continuum also includes biology, genomics, and proteomics as well and is made available 24 / 7. Data is everything and has to be made easily portable. This is particularly critical when patients have to be shifted.

Finally, some of the successful Transformation stories were showcased:

  • Wipro GE Healthcare – A critical care AI-based suite.
  • Manipal Health Enterprise – provides medical grade IoT enabled wireless devices that can transmit vital parameters.
  • Accenture’s Vitals Monitoring Systems – an IoT based end-to-end cloud-based platform that captures vitals and transmits them over a wireless network in real time.
  • AstraZeneca’s PMAEFUR uses RPA to report & manage unfavourable side effects.
  • Startup category:
  1. Bioscan Research – Cerebro developed by Bioscan Research, is a handy, noninvasive computerized system for detecting intraccranial hemorrhage in 2minutes.
  2. Vitor – a portable screening kit to assess silent chronic health risks.
  3. Medrep – increases the outreach of doctors with patients, and also with nearest diagnostics facilities and pharmacies.

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