Digital health: Giving birth to new delivery models and fostering innovations

International panelists discuss at length the need for standardization and effective implementation of these standards in the country – if any

Keynote Address: Sandipan Gangopadhyay
Moderator: Dr. Oomen John
Panelists:
• Dheeraj Misra
• Kausik Bhattacharya
• Dr. Dayaprasad G Kulkarni
• MariliaCavaco
• Reggie George
• Srinivas Peri
• Dr. Rahil Qamar Siddiqui

Innovations will remain the spine of modern health and medical facilities, but regulations, standardization will be the need of the hour as India strides towards improving health standards with innovations and innovative approach.

Initiating discussion on this topical subject, Sandipan Gangopadhyay of GalaxE from the US said, “E-Health is the need of the time and you need quality data to implement it. Collating data in a country with 1.3 billion people should not be a concern, but it’s a challenge. Once you gather data, the challenge shifts towards protection of data, exploitation of data and mismanagement of data. These are common challenges all over the world and will be faced in India more so due its complex demographics.”

Dr. S. Venkataramanaiah, Dr. Sandeep Bhalla, Dr. Santanu Biswas, Dr. Tarun Romale, Dr. Mukesh Taneja and M V Amaresh Kumar at InnoHEALTH 2017 conference

Extending his keynote address on the subject, he added, “As we learn about solutions adopted in different countries, India should take advantage of that and adapt those solutions to avoid mistakes and complications associated with handling large data. Adhaar, the hottest thing in India, seems to be the most suitable solution for various things, including health and medical facilities.

“Simply identifying standardization isn’t the solution for enhancing the health and medical industry, but implementation of the same, with international partnership at the government and private/public sector will definitely induce transparency and invite every player to join hands and work together towards a healthy society.”

His inquisitive approach uncovered some very relevant and important notions on the subject. Kausik Bhattacharya from Johnson & Johnson highlighted the technological advantage at the corporate level as he spelled out the dependence on Cloud Technology. Explaining the term he said that “Cloud technology may not be new, but its disrupting the way things are happening or will happen in future in the field of health and medical facilities.”

Dr. Dayaprasad G Kulkarni and Reggie George at InnoHEALTH 2017 conference
Sandipan Gangopadhyay, Dr. Oomen John, Dheeraj Misra, Kausik Bhattacharya, Dr. Dayaprasad G Kulkarni, Marilia Cavaco, Reggie George, Srinivas Peri and Dr. Rahil Qamar Siddiqui at InnoHEALTH 2017

Elaborating on the subject, he added that Cloud is giving rise to a completely new set of delivery models, which are trying to make it more agile or faster in terms of converting ideas into a product of service that will ultimately help the doctors, nurses and also the patients. The biggest advantage of cloud technology is its potential to implement scalability. Cloud technology can also help in connecting different technologies and evolve into complete solutions.

Marilia Cavaco, also from John & Johnson, highlighted other aspects of J&J that makes them one of the global leaders in the health sector.

“At Johnson & Johnson we touch over a billion lives on a daily basis with our products, medications and services. Since we touch so many lives it’s imperative for us to maintain safety and hygiene as the top concern in our operations. That being our ground standard, we have made investments into artificial intelligence and machine learning and have been getting very encouraging support from our partners at FDA in the US,“ said Ms. Cavaco.

Mr. Misra, asked some penetrating questions of Dr. Dayaprasad G Kulkarni regarding the ever-important subject of transparency. In response, Dr. Kulkarni said, “The current efforts of the government to digitalize India and services in India are contributing to inducing transparency and also democraticize and cut down on the seepage of sources, which is a huge problem in both private and public sectors. Next step is for us to engage in these facilities and platforms and take advantage of this transparency.”

“WHO’s Global Digital Health Index is another good tool to bring transparency at international level and will provide a standard platform of digitization. This is an index that looks at tracking, monitoring, evaluating and scoring the use of digital technology that will help bring all the players at one unified level.”

On the home front, Dr. Rahil Qamar Siddiqui, Founder of Eventus, brought to everyone’s attention that standardization is available in the country and how it’s helping to spell out the health policy and also keep the industry under control.

“There are EHR standards in India; it’s unfortunate though that not many in the industry know about it. In addition to the Bureau of Indian Standards the ministry is also involved in setting a lot of standards in India. Ministry of Health Holding (MOHH) has in fact published a document spelling out HER standards for India,” clarified Dr. Siddiqui.

“So there’s a standard for vendors to apply for even though there’s no accreditation body – yet. In fact, there are standards in various fields and segments of health sector that Government of India has compiled, to be used within India and opportunities like this (InnoHEALTH) help us to educate the public at large,” concluded Dr. Siddiqui.

Dr Sandeep Bhalla

“Health care is focusing only on hospitals, hospitals and only hospitals. However we do not have to limit our innovations to hospitals only. The corporate culture of hospitals today leaves lot more to be innovated in the hospital management and processes and I believe that innovations in this field will contribute to better health and much better health facilities for all.”

Dr Mukesh Taneja

“According to World Health Organization’s 2010 data 285 million people are visually impaired; 90 percent of these are in the developing world; and 80 percent of these are preventable; And speaking of India, 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, however 90 percent of the medical facilities are located in urban areas. So there’s a huge gap between the care providers and the population who they should be reaching.”

Dr Santanu Biswas

“If you are to work on remote distance technology, you can not work in isolation, You choose partners in technology, data procurement and delivery system. This means your dependence on your partners is even more critical as you depend on their credibility, technical compatibility and similar intentions. This is the reason that even though we have been talking about the digital health and e-health; but other than the fact that its been a buzzword for the last 15 years, it has not become a well charted module.”

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