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