Data Analytics for cell and gene therapy by Dr. Ruchi Dass, @drruchibhatt



Cell and gene therapies are becoming more and more popular because of encouraging clinical results worldwide. Major pharma manufacturing companies have invested in the concept's commercialization worldwide. Recently, we read about Takeda’s license for commercialization of Aloficel (developed by TiGenix), Celgene’s acquisition of Juno Therapeutics or Gilead’s acquisition of Kite Pharma.

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Helping healing via the HORIZONS, The Tata Trusts Magazine

An ongoing transformation of Nagpur’s urban primary health centres has made affordable medical care more accessible to people

The patients sitting in the freshly painted waiting room have Amitabh Bachchan for company, even if it’s only a video of the movie star — with a message on measles vaccination — playing out on a television screen behind the reception desk. Red signboards provide an attractive pop of colour amidst the off-white walls. The well-appointed space could be part of a private hospital … except that it is not. It is the new look of a government-run urban primary health centre (UPHC) in Nagpur that has undergone a radical upgrade.

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India and Switzerland talk digital health by Aparna Kumaraswamy

A look back at the innovators and experts who showcased their technological solutions for enhanced healthcare delivery at the Digital Health Conclave 2019, curated by swissnex India

On 8th April, a group of healthcare enthusiasts got together to discuss the future of healthcare delivery, and the technologies that will assist in improving its quality. This motley group consisted of innovators, researchers, heads of large corporations, mid to senior level managers, and students from Switzerland and India. The one thing they had in common was their strong belief in the potential of technology to elevate the quality of healthcare and their openness to look across borders to find incredible innovations to this end. 

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Federated Personal Health Records – The Quest For #UseCases by Anukriti Chaudhary, @anukritichaudh2

In this blog post, we talk about one component of the National Health Stack – Federated Personal Health Records: its design, the role of policy and potential use cases


Overview

A federated personal health record refers to an individual’s ability to access and share her longitudinal health history without centralized storage of data. This means that if she has visited different healthcare providers in the past (which is often the case in a real life scenario), she should be able to fetch her records from all these sources, view them and present them when and where needed. Today, this objective is achieved by a paper-based ‘patient file’ which is used when seeking healthcare. However, with increasing adoption of digital infrastructure in the healthcare ecosystem, it should now be possible to do the same electronically. This has many benefits – patients need not remember to carry their files, hospitals can better manage patient data using IT systems, patients can seek remote consultations with complete information, insurance claims can be settled faster, and so on. This post is an attempt to look at the factors that would help make this a reality. 

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The obsession with tech in healthcare by Dr. Ravi Chandran Nayar

The logic that e-health can address the lack of medical professionals in India appears to be persuasive. But it is actually flawed

Medicine is an applied science and benefits from advances in basic and other applied sciences. In today’s world, technology itself is an applied science benefitting from basic scientific advances, defining our world and determining our world view of the present and future.

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Telemedicine and neurosciences by Dr Ganapathy Krishnan, @ApolloTeleMed

It is well documented that there is an acute shortage of neurologists and neurosurgeons in India and globally. Despite all efforts, it will be impossible to make available neurospecialists in all suburban and rural areas.

Simultaneously, there has been an exponential increase in the growth and development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Plummeting costs and unbelievable sophistication in the availability of user-friendly mobile video conferencing devices is making distance meaningless. Geography has become History! Worldwide, the ultraconservative health care industry, in particular, the medical community, has been uniformly slow to adopt and embrace the use of ICT to extend their clinical reach. In the last decade, however, specialists in all branches of neurosciences are slowly accepting the inevitable that telemedicine must and will have to be incorporated into the core of the healthcare delivery system. This literature review summarizes the current use of telemedicine in different subspecialties of neurosciences. The author defines the growth and development of clinical telemedicine in India with special reference to Neurosciences and attempts to show the stellar role telemedicine has to play in enhancing the services provided by doctors. As clinicians regularly using technology, it should not be difficult for us to convince our patients that today a virtual remote consult and management can indeed effectively substitute for a physical face-to-face encounter.

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A roadmap for Academia and Industry Collaboration in Digital Health by Bipinkumar G Rathod, @bipin4uk




Digital health Technology adoption in India is gaining momentum. Many digital health entrepreneurs are providing solutions for hospitals and patients. With India becoming more connected, by becoming one of the largest markets in terms of the mobile phone and broadband densities in the world, many Innovative solutions and Technology ecosystems are being developed for Digital Health interventions.

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