Sophistication in AI/ML application for Diabetic Retinopathy diagnosis has tremendous research scope by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

India – better known as the Diabetes Capital of the World – has been battling with this non-communicable lifestyle associated disease for long. According to the International Diabetes Federation, India’s diabetes population totalled 74 million in 2017 and it is estimated to reach 134.3 million people by 2045.

Diabetes in India is an epidemic that presents itself with several other complications when left uncontrolled or untreated. And notably, complications in the eye and vision are the most commonly associated negative impact of diabetes in India. Among the complications in the eye, the most prevalent type of diabetic eye diseases is Diabetic Retinopathy – which on early diagnosis and intervention is completely curable.

Leveraging Healthcare Technology – To Improve Quality of Care by Harish Rijhwani, @Harish_Rijhwani

The advent of Covid-19 has brought Healthcare Information technology to the forefront. Organizations across the globe have been forced to look at different options to keep their revenues (especially outpatient) going. Telemedicine was conceptualized in the 1920s, till a few months ago it was considered as a target market for only rural areas. In many countries it was still in the nascent stage. The current world situation has forced organizations to consider telehealth/telemedicine very seriously

NDHM’s proposed Health ODE will enable a more inclusive framework for digital health services by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

Introducing

Anusha Ashwin, Consulting Editor

In her first artcile as the Consulting Editor of the Healthcare IT Experts’ Blog, Anusha shares a review of the NDHM’s proposed Health ODE to create a future ready digital health system.

The need for a future-ready digital health system has become even more urgent than ever before with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting us with a big bang. And to be future-ready, experts say that global healthcare systems need to be more open. Most countries around the globe are already convinced with this open source model, so is India.

The NITI Aayog, in 2018, had brought out the blueprint of the National Health Stack (NHS), which is a shared digital healthcare infrastructure, with a view to implement the Centre’s flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat and other public healthcare programs in the country.

In a nutshell, the National Health Stack (NHS) is a visionary digital framework usable by centre and state across public and private sectors. It represents a holistic platform that supports a multitude of health verticals and their disparate branches, and is capable of integrating future IT solutions for a sector that is poised for rapid, disruptive changes and unforeseen twists. When this was proposed in 2018, the aim to create digital health records for all citizens by the year 2022 was earmarked.

Smart Technology for fighting Pandemics – the Future of Contact Tracing Apps by Neha Raturi, Student Author

The pandemic of novel coronavirus that started in the month of December 2019 in Wuhan city in China, caused a grave health emergency around the world. In the absence of any vaccine or drug effective to treat the virus the governments began to search for alternatives to control and mitigate the burden of pandemic. Lockdowns, travel bans, isolations and quarantine and social distancing are the measures that are currently being implemented by governments to contain the spread. Pertaining to its high rate of transmission, the WHO also emphasized on the need to intensify active surveillance to identify, isolate and quarantine infected individuals [1]. The infected show flu-like symptoms that can further lead to severe respiratory conditions, but there also lies a fragment of population that might be active carriers and yet remain asymptomatic.

Leveraging NLP To Analyse Effects of Covid-19 On Baseline Demographics and Barriers to Compliance By Arpita Dutta – Student Author

It has been more than 8 months now since the COVID-19 pandemic. With cases skyrocketing, everything remains very uncertain till now. What we do have now is information, data and huge amounts of research going on globally (Kaggle currently has 220K scholarly articles which is approximately 17GB of data) Healthcare is a very dynamic field as many parameters keeps changing. It becomes difficult to keep a track of this, because there is a huge amount of data online. But how is one supposed to analyse such huge amounts of data with a plethora of information out there? Being a healthcare student, I realised that this is not just COVID-oriented problem, wherever there is data there will always be the goal to analyse it. But how easy would it be to analyse this data and provide a conclusion?

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Wearable tech is the future for senior adults By Karen Smith

Wearable technology can provide users with a lot of useful information, from heart rate to calories burned and even the quality of your sleep. In fact, a Melbourne start-up Nutromics, has created the first wearable smart patch that is about to track how your body responds to different food and has the potential to reduce the risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes.

Older adults are more prone to diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, and wearable technology is providing medical professionals with a way to monitor and treat diseases before they become a bigger threat.

Healthcare #Interoperability on #FHIR: A Collaborative Open Source Project for #Teleconsultation during #COVID19 pandemic by Aniruddha Nene, NCII

Background: Indian Healthcare IT

The common root cause 

When it comes to IT adoption, Healthcare globally has at times picked up behind other industries, in comparison with manufacturing, banking/ finance and other mature service sectors. India has been no exception. Private sector health insurance is struggling and bleeding over a decade and Government health insurance is just making a debut, targeting BPL population. It is not a surprise that the Care providers work in silos and have own priorities ahead of larger good for the community as a whole.

Leveraging Machine Learning Applications for reducing the drug discovery time by Pragya Sharma – Student Author

Pragya Sharma

The entire world has come to a standstill in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. According to an article published in march 2020 the major cause of this panic is that COVID-19, the illness caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome known as SARS-coronavirus 2, is much more  contagious and  deadly as compared to other infections, furthermore, there are no approved treatments or vaccines. Currently there are no FDA approved drugs or vaccines for the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19 (1).

PARENTCARE: Simplifying long-distance caregiving for NRIs by Bharat Vasandani @bharatvasandani

The Indian diaspora (more than 17 million as per the UN in Sept 2019) have always been dependent on family and friends when it comes to arranging medical help for their parents in India. Now with more families than ever relocating for work and economic reasons, NRIs are finding it difficult to rely on their relatives. Covid-19 has further increased the problem as extended families avoid visiting each other. This has pushed NRIs to turn into long-distance caregivers.

HIMSS India Chapter submits comments to National Health Authority (NHA) in response to the proposed National Digital Health Mission ( NDHM) implementation By HIMSS India Chapter Public Policy Committee, @HIMSSIndia

On Wednesday, July 29, HIMSS India Chapter provided written comments to National Health Authority (NHA) in response to the proposed National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) implementation based on National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) and subsequent NDHM stakeholder discussions held by NHA.

Digital Healthcare – Laws & Regulations in India by Sujeet Katiyar, @sujeetkatiyar

Digital health is using technologies to help improve individuals’ health and wellness. These technologies include both hardware and software solutions and services, including telemedicine, web-based analysis, email, mobile phones and applications, text messages, wearable devices and clinic or remote monitoring sensors. Really it’s about applying digital transformation, through disruptive technologies and cultural change, to the healthcare sector. Digital health is a multi-disciplinary domain involving many stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers and scientists with a wide range of expertise in healthcare, engineering, social sciences, public health, health economics and data management.

Telemedicine – An Emerging Trend in Digital Healthcare Revolution by Priyanka Miglani

Digitization of healthcare is a reality today. The industry is evolving at a fast pace and disrupting care delivery and accessibility around the world. Digital technologies have facilitated and improved healthcare in remote and isolated locations. In places struggling with the scarcity of infrastructure and resources, health-tech allows access to specialized services.

A Review of the HL7 India Virtual Connectathon-001, July 2020 by Kumar Satyam – Technical Chair – HL7 India

July 3, 2020 was a significant milestone in the journey of HL7 India and for the health IT community in India. Over the past several months, we have been actively involving & educating the community through open houses, meetups, webinars and training on HL7 FHIR & APIs for healthcare. There has been spurt in awareness about interoperability and need for standard based data exchange. We at HL7 India have been striving to equip the implementers & decision makers with the right set of tools to enable them to build a digital future for healthcare in India. The first Virtual FHIR Connectathon is one more step in that direction.

Transforming how preventive health care and wellness is Perceived and delivered in India by Ramakanta Behera, @IHLcom

In India culturally, we follow sick care as it is driven out of fear, not preventive primary care. We generally do not visit hospitals and get our regular tests done until a Doctor has advised to further investigate our symptoms. Sometimes we keep delaying our visit to hospitals until the disease has taken over and symptoms are prevalent. 

#Telehealth and its play in Digital Healthcare by Ambarish Giliyar, @iamgiliyar

By ambarish giliyar, @iamgiliyar

Telehealth and its play in Digital Healthcare

Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as mobile devices, Cloud, Fitness devices, Health devices & sensors, AI-powered Messaging & Chatbot systems and more, to access healthcare services remotely and manage healthcare. These may be technologies you use from home or that your Doctor uses to improve or support healthcare services.

#DigitalHealth in the Aftermath of COVID-19 By Ankita Sharma

This report was first published by Invest India, its been re-published here with the Author’s permission.

Digital Health: A Sunshine Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the critical need for cutting-edge technological tools and innovation in the areas of public health, medicine and wellness. It has reopened the realm of ‘digital health’ in the policy and public discourse, with consumers increasingly looking at the wide canvas of wearable gadgets, mobile health apps and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as robotic carriers, sensors and to electronic records. 

#Telemedicine: Hope, hype, or just jumping through hoops? A perspective for hospitals by Dr. Senthil @drsenthilp , Jai Ganesh and Dr. Sai Praveen @thinkMD

Understandably, telemedicine is an inevitability in these extraordinary times. It is predicted that telemedicine could soon replace up to 30%-40% of in-person consultations. Technology adoption to the propagated scale will bring immense changes to the health system. Here we discuss some of the critical factors for a hospital to consider.

STARTUP SHOWCASE: ZINI, THE HEALTHCARE #AI, @zinitheai

Dr Rohit Sharma ZINI AI

Starting Today: 25th May 2020, we are launching the Startup Showcase. We hope to share the work being done by the startups we have listed in our list of 150+ HealthTech Startups from India.

Talk to ZINI

On the Bottom Right of HCITExpert, initiate the conversation with ZINI

Why make guesses about your health? Just talk to ZINI. She is an AI driven virtual physician. She can discuss the whole scenario in detail, figure out what’s wrong and guide you in a timely manner. Convenience & reliability, restored in healthcare.

Covid-19: How can it benefit India? by Saif Razvi, Sai Praveen Haranath, Vikram Ramakrishnan

The article was first published on the COVID-19 the India Story, and has been re-published here with the authors permission

The costs of the Covid-19 pandemic are well documented. The costs of the responses to the pandemic are yet to fully play out and could be equally devastating. 

Lockdowns have varied nation to nation in intensity depending on the breadth of economy that was shut down. There have been millions more job losses than deaths to date. School and university disruptions, restriction of travel, unsettling of migrant labour, interrupted food and transport chains have all added to the burden. People have suffered other physical ill-health due to healthcare systems being focused solely on Covid-19. For example, delays in cancer diagnosis and heart disease may have led to otherwise preventable deaths.1 

Insights on DIAGNOSTICS AT LAST MILE By India2022, Authored by Dr. Vandana Sarda, @vandanasarda

Dr Vandana Sarda Blogs

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Our esteemed experts, Dr. Sreeram Sistla, Dr. Mirai Chatterjee and Dr. Shuchin Bajaj have pinned down the importance of taking diagnostics to the last mile, given that this is where it matters the most in terms of lessening the burden and cost of diseases such as Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), for example. They have deliberated on the challenges in achieving this and have also taken a leaf out of their rich experiences, to suggest on as to how innovators can achieve this by aligning the incentives of all stakeholders. The speakers are unanimous in their belief that the indigenous innovations have it in them to be successful, provided they work at it. They came up with insightful observations not only on the technology front, but also on things such as HR interventions, the right mindset, efficient business models, etc.  All three have noted that the Ayushman Bharat scheme is turning the corner for preventive healthcare and that the MedTechConnect platform is doing its bit for the ecosystem. The key takeaways speak volumes about how much still remains to be done, lists the case studies on SEWA and Tata Trust models, as also the Cygnus story, which are all a pure delight to read, learn and get inspired from.  

Why #DigitalHealth will become the new normal by Sujeet Katiyar, @sujeetkatiyar

During COVID-19 pandemic, terms like telehealth, telemedicine, remote-patient monitoring, virtual care and digital health are thrown around very commonly, though these terms have been around for years, but the recent situation is accelerating patient awareness and physician adoption of these technologies.

#FHIR Important Concepts, Terms and Definitions by Manish Sharma, @msharmas

FHIR is the latest interoperability standard based on a RESTful API architecture published by HL7. HL7 has been working for over 25 years in publishing standards for Healthcare data interoperability. The move from the earlier HL7’s 2.x standards evolved to the Development of the RIM v3 and then to FHIR, has now allowed a paradigm shift to leverage web standards. The purpose of this article is to get the reader to understand the difference between the earlier versions of HL7 interoperability standards and then present the important concepts that will help you to understand FHIR concepts, terms and definitions.