“IoT is on brink of rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing health care in­dus­try in In­dia”

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“W het­her it’s smart gad­gets, wear­able tech­nol­ogy or re­mote mon­i­tor­ing and di­ag­no­sis, the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) is on the brink of rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the health care in­dus­try in In­dia,” said Neeraj Jain, Coun­try Head, PATH, In­dia.

Speak­ing at the third edi­tion of IoT In­dia Congress in Bengaluru, Jain said “There is a strong need for the govern­ment to form a le­gal frame­work.

The lack of a reg­u­la­tory body raises con­cerns for pri­vacy and se­cu­rity.”

Jain fur­ther said that greater spend­ing on en­sur­ing avail­abil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity health­care through in­te­gra­tion of IoT tech­nolo­gies into pub­lic health sys­tems by the gov­ern­ments will help re­duce out of pocket ex­pen­di­ture and re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing pushed into poverty due to high med­i­cal costs. He also added that em­pow­er­ing and en­abling tech­nol­ogy to help re­vi­tal­ize the In­dian health care en­vi­ron­ment will lead to more cit­i­zens re­ceiv­ing care, im­proved qual­ity of care and re­duced cost of care and lead to the de­vel­op­ment and well-be­ing of In­dia’s pop­u­la­tion.

Prof. K. Sri­nath Reddy, Pres­i­dent, Pub­lic Health Foun­da­tion of In­dia (PHFI) ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing on

‘IoT as En­abler for Health­care: Health Sys­tems Per­spec­tives’ said that In­cu­ba­tion, Inser­tion & Ex­pan­sion of In­no­va­tions in IoT need- multi-dis­ci­plinary tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise, pri­vate sec­tor en­ter­prise, pub­lic fi­nanc­ing, en­abling reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lic health man­age­ment cadres and build­ing trust among health pro­fes­sion­als and pub­lic.

In his ad­dress, Ravi Ra­maswamy, Se­nior Di­rec­tor & Head - Health Sys­tems, Philips In­no­va­tion Cam­pus & Chair, Health­care Work­ing Group, IET IoT Panel said “Pre­ven­tive health ini­tia­tives have the po­ten­tial to de­liver value by in­creas­ing ac­cess to care, im­prov­ing out­comes, and in­creas­ing the stan­dard of health for cit­i­zens, pa­tients and health­care providers. As we look at the In­dian health­care ecosys­tem, we clearly see that mul­ti­ple changes are nec­es­sary to the ed­i­fice that holds the sys­tem to­gether. It is easy to as­sume that tech­nolo­gies like IoT might solve this prob­lem but in our ob­ser­va­tion we have seen that the big­gest op­por­tu­ni­ties for change may come with process and peo­ple.”

A pre­ven­tive health ecosys­tem will pro­vide a holis­tic ap­proach to man­ag­ing a pa­tient’s health. How the var­i­ous parts of the sys­tem will get in­cen­tivized is some­thing that we would need to look at. The other ma­jor area that we need to take a very strong look at is the is­sue of pri­vacy, he added.

Dileep Mang­suli, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer (CTO), Wipro-GE said that pre­ven­tive health would clearly aid the health­care providers. Avail­abil­ity of data would en­sure that they would be able to make data driven de­ci­sions. While this is al­ready in place in many cor­po­rate hos­pi­tals across

In­dia, con­nected care would give doc­tors ac­cess to a pa­tient’s lon­gi­tu­di­nal his­tory. In ad­di­tion, they would have data that can help them see the treat­ment de­ci­sions that have been made in the past and the prog­no­sis of those de­ci­sions. Clin­i­cal care would evolve from ex­pe­ri­ence­based to ev­i­dence-based care. The re­li­a­bil­ity and va­lid­ity of clin­i­cal data in a con­nected care ecosys­tem can im­prove di­ag­no­sis which in turn im­proves care out­comes.

Dr Kishore Ku­mar, CEO

& MD, Cloud Nine, Ash­vanni Sri­vas­tava, Founder & Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Syn­ergie Group, Ra­jagopal Ru­draraju, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent & Prod­uct Head, Tata AIG, Dino M Martino, Gen­eral Man­ager, Per­for­mSpe­cialty, USA and Dr Shyam Prasad Ra­jan, Ex­po­nen­tial Mar­ket Growth So­lu­tions Leader, GE Global Re­search Cen­tre par­tic­i­pated in a panel dis­cus­sion on IoT and Af­ford­able Health­care mod­er­ated by Dr Vikram Venkateswaran, Di­rec­tor- Dig­i­tal Risk, Risk Ad­vi­sory, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu In­dia LLP. Dr Vikram Venkateswaran, who is also the Founder of Health­care In­dia said that Pre­ven­tive Health will cre­ate the right sit­u­a­tion to move from Ex­pe­ri­ence-based care to Ev­i­dence -based care.

In­sti­tu­tion of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy (IET), has re­leased a white pa­per on health­care ti­tled ‘Pre­ven­tive Health 4.0 The fu­ture model of care for a Dig­i­tal In­dia’ on the oc­ca­sion.

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