A Summary of the proceedings at 2019 HITLAB: The Health Innovators Summit, New Delhi by Manish Sharma @msharmas

(source: HITLAB)
Impact of Frugal Innovations, AI, Remote Health Services, Vertically Integrated Technology Platforms and Care Delivery Platforms supported by technology, Blockchain based HealthTech solutions, Personal Digital Avatars, Diffusion of Digital HealthTech

The Health Innovators Summit, New Delhi by HITLAB in partnership with Department of Management Studies is a once a year conference held in February in India. 

Prof. M.P. Gupta, Dhananjaya Chair Professor & Head - Department of Management Studies, IIT, Delhi who is known for his pioneering work in eGovernance,  spoke about 

and how AI and Remote Medicine are two areas he sees gaining traction in the field in the coming years.

Dr. Sachin Malhotra, in his keynote presented the work being done by Tech care for all, India by deploying their platform that integrates the patient journey with the use of various technology solutions across the patient journey. The solution comprised of a Medical Learning Hub, Telemedicine solution powered by Remidi, Bangalore, a frugal EMR/EHR solution that can be deployed in low resource setups and a medical learning hub. 

He highlighted the work being done by Tech4All with the Catholic Health Association of India, by building a future ready organisation that can delivery healthcare for a billion plus people in the rural settings as well as their urban locations. Dr. Vivek Sahi added to the conversation with his talk about the role of Technology for Social Impact. 

Prof. Stan Kachnowski, Chair, HITLAB talked about the need for Digital Health Innovation for India’s 1.3+ Billion lives. He talked about the importance of innovating for the bottom billion that needs to be driven by a more efficient information symmetry and diagnostic symmetry. 

Prof. Kachnowski, talked about the Diffusion curve and spoke about how a collaboration across the world led to an eradication of smallpox. He spoke about the need to build research centers like how Stanford Biodesign has a collaboration going with AIIMS, Delhi. During the Q&A one of the professors of IIT, Ropar mentioned about a similar collaboration between IIT, ropar and PGI. All such active efforts will allow for the diffusion of technology to happen at a great pace, Prof. Stan Kachknowski said. Prof. Kachknowski referred to the work of Eric Topol at UCSD on Medical Informatics, Digital Medicine and Digital Human. 

Prof. Stan talked about Diffusion of Digital Healthcare for the billions is the focus of HITLABs globally to help eradicate diseases expeditiously, economically and efficiently. 

In the experts speak of the talk, Dr. Thierry Marchal, Global Industry Director - Healthcare, ANSYS Europe and Mr. Shitalkumar Joshi in their talk about Why computer modelling is the next evolution of Healthcare Sector talked about the use of simulation technologies to impact various aspects of product development for Molecules, Devices, Health Tech. Dr. Thierry Marchal while giving the example of simulation technologies being developed at ANSYS talked about how simulation technologies are being used to help orthopedic surgeons design the hip joints for the patients by giving insights that doctors can understand. He opined that the same technology is now being extended (early days still) to create “Personal Digital Avatars”

In their talk they mentioned about how various government agencies are speeding up the process to accept simulation results to speed up the regulatory acceptance process. E.g., European Parliament, FDA. 

The Innovation Insights section of the day started with Dr. Deepak Agrawal, Professor, Neurosurgery & Gamma-Knife, AIIMS, New Delhi talking about From Big Data to Big Impact. 

Dr. Agrawal talked about the Big Data in AIIMS, N. Delhi. From the time of rollout of the Digital Health solution at AIIMS, they have captured the demographic data of more than 3 million patients. All Lab investigations 1 million data points coming into the system from about 10 millions records. He mentioned how they are enabling simple processes to enable to generation of big data. Capturing of information from patients from 3000 beds, by asking the nurses to capture the vitals of the patients once every shift, across 3 shifts. 

Dr. Agrawal spoke about some of the case studies, these are: the appointments system of how they enabled the system and how they improved the system using big data analytics in partnership with Dr. Mudit from Indian Statistical Institute to determine the amount of overbooking being done, social demographic maps were used to determine which are the areas that are weak in healthcare infrastructure based on the places from where the patients were coming to AIIMS, Delhi because hospital facilities might be available but super-specialist facilities might not be available in those areas. 

Another case study involved the HAI. What was the cause of HAI on specific beds in a particular location of the hospital and to find the sources to enable corrective action. Dr. Agrawal mentioned that we need to have collaborations in place between clinicians and data analytics experts so that we can have meaningful data analytics from the data recorded.

Prof. Supten Sarbhadhikari, Former Director, Center for Health Informatics, National Health Portal in his talk on Active Assisted Living in Healthcare talked about the relate to the concepts, products, services, systems, Access to information by various stakeholders, social environments and type of users and how the interactions between these are important to deliver care are these helping the improvement in healthcare delivery. He talked about how Active Assisted living can help in Health and wellness. With the increasing life expectancy, but is the quality of life improving? Prof. Supten talked about various dimensions that are important to be considered for Active Assisted Living in Healthcare. Replace I to We so that Illness becomes Wellness, Prof. Supten said. Having knowledge is good, but application of the same with context and keeping the above dimensions in mind are important.

In her talk about Shaping care delivery for the next-gen patient experiences, Ms. Sylvana Sinha, Founder Managing Director and CEO, Praava Health shared her insights from setting up Praava Health in Dhaka Bangladesh and what aspects from social, location, systems led her to designing a collaborative care experience for the patients visiting the Praava Health facilities. She mentioned how they rolled out a service that for a fixed amount of subscription, they patient could avail an unlimited access to the Praava Health services throughout the year. 

Ms. Sinha, mentioned how at Praava Health Technology is seen as an enabler, technology she said will not replace the family doctor (a concept on which Praava Health is built-on: family doctors + diagnostics) rather technology will help the doctors do what they are best at. If they are in a room, they should observe the patient, listen to the patient, help patient to get better in how to manage their health. And this is done at Praava Health by the use of technology by making the patient and doctor a collaborator in the care process by providing relevant technology tools to each of the collaborators in the patient journey with the goal of enabling continuity of care across various doctors that see the patient. Ms. Sinha said the Praava Health model is the “brick and click” model of healthcare service delivery. Its brick and mortar enabled by technology. She believes that healthcare in Asia will move from being brick to click in the years to come, but it's never going to replace the family doctor. 

In his talk on New-age clinical trials for improved patient care, Dr. Rajesh Jain, Co-Founder & Chief Solution Architect of ConsilX Digital, ConsilX talked about the use of Blockchain in Clinical Trials industry and how their company is deploying blockchain based solutions. Dr. Jain talked about empowering the patient and keeping the patients at the center of every kind of innovation. And how they are moving these concepts to actual practice via their solutions. Dr. Jain talked about innovation being a collaboration and technology will always being an enabler. 

Dr. Jain spoke about how patients want to be participative in their healthcare than ever before and even in clinical trials. Patients want to get their healthcare administered to them much more effectively than having to go to the doctor’s clinic or multiple doctors clinics enabling a virtual and remote care delivery process. This is now true for the clinical trials patients too. Dr. Jain talked about how blockchain can be used for better data access management by maintaining security and privacy of the patients. Dr. Jain talked about how various stakeholders are collaborating to delivering technology from ConsilX. He mentioned that their solution covers, Patient Enrollment, eConsent, Engagement, Direct Data Collection, Supply chain management, collaborative research and analytics. 

Dr. Jain spoke about the feedback the solution has received from being a HITLAB collaborator and from the feedback received from the field that has helped them in their product development from the past two years.

There were two panel discussions: 


I was honored to attend the HITLAB Innovators Summit: India, 2019 on the 16th February 2019. I was going back to my timeline on twitter and saw that I had been following the conference from 2014 by sharing the insights being shared by the experts during all these years. And to get to listen to the experts sharing their insights in person is something that made me take the trip from Bengaluru to Delhi and back the same day. I made sure I would not miss the opportunity and the trip was all the effort. And should be a must attend conference series for those interested in Health Tech innovations and learn what has moved and what has remained the same or not moved at all.

I would like to Thank Devmalya Sarkar and Ms. Vandana from the HITLAB,  Delhi team. And a big thanks to the speakers and panelists whose thoughts I have been able to share above. I am sure more folks would like to reach out to them to learn about their work and continued innovations to push the boundaries. 

Presented below are some moments from the HITLAB, 2019, New Delhi

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