How (not) to implement population health informatics applications! – by Nachiket Gudi, @GudiNachiket & Gaurav Pradhan, @GauravP_Tweets

A digital informatics application is as good as its underlying processes and people. Even if the application is built on a best-in-class digital architecture, if the underlying people and processes don’t have checks and balances in place, it is bound to fail. Learn more from this post on what the authors intend to convey on implementing best practices in health informatics.

Will pampering the Me and I kind of patient consumers with digital intervention tools be the new sustained healthcare delivery model?

Servicing the ‘Me and I’ kind of patients is in trend now. Patients want benefits of their customization and they are wanting ownership of the experience itself. This post highlights how patient consumerism has changed and how healthcare companies are now structuring new models to personalize care.


As a doctor who has treated the COVID patients, it makes me wonder whether the treatment modalities currently in use, continue to be used in future or there is an ocean of possibilities still unexplored. For this reason, I started to review articles more on the Use of Newer treatment Modalities like Immunomodulatorsin COVID, also can Artificial Intelligence (AI)help predict the future? Can AI help for evaluating the newer treatment modalities?

Time to address the shortcomings of digital health, says Preventive Cardiologist Dr. Pratiksha Gandhi, By Anusha Ashwin @Ashwin_anusha

“Preventive healthcare can only be successful with the support of digital technology interventions as this is the era of digital tracking for healthy behaviors, wearables, apps to monitor various chronic diseases,” says Preventive Cardiologist, Dr. Pratiksha Gandhi in a short Q&A with team HCITExpert. Read on to know more about Dr. Gandhi’s ideas and opinions about digital health applications in this post.

These techies work round the clock to centralize information on ICU beds, oxygen, and other resource availability on social media

Listed here are a few active enthusiastic techies or organizations working relentlessly in times of this crisis to help save lives. This list, though not exhaustive, highlights the major contributors who are collating and posting verified leads on social media, during the toughest times that India is made to face today, in saving lives and in overcoming the pandemic.

Health coaches, AI-backed risk assessment platforms dawn to address avoidable mortality and health inequities in India – by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

The United Nations finds India’s disease burden and its associated premature mortality figures quite acute. Combined attempts are being made by the Indian healthcare stakeholders to bring about large reductions in premature mortality and simultaneously address healthcare inequities. This blog highlights how digital healthcare interventions have a profound impact on tackling mortality and inequity, especially in healthcare resource-constrained locations.

Common Pass: A novel approach to leveraging privacy preserving digital tools for COVID19 Pandemic – by Rahul Konapur, @ Rahul Konapur; Nachiket Gudi, @GudiNachiket; Oommen John, @oommen_john

Countries across the globe have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Over the span of a year 2,320,497 lives have been lost and 106,125,682 infected as on date1. The scientific community across the globe are racing against time to administer safe and effective vaccines to save lives and livelihoods. As the pandemic spread across the globe, strict border closures and travel restrictions have brought the aviation industry to a standstill.

Tele-ICU: India steps up this viable model to triage and beat Intensivist shortage – by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

Last year, in the month of November, when the pandemic reached its intensity heights, Kerala Health Minister, K Shailaja, inaugurated her state’s first tele-ICU command center. Sponsored by the National Health Mission (NHM), this tele-ICU command center was established at the Government Beach Hospital. The launch of this center is notably a breakthrough and a significant revolution in health-tech innovation and an outstanding example of a public-private partnership.

Things & Thinks XVIII by Santosh Shevade, @santoshshevade

Things & Thinks XVIII

Curated Thoughts on Healthcare by Santosh Shevade

Healthcare Innovation | Outcomes Research | Implementation and Impact

aśvinau health – health at your fingertips by Venu Malyala, @dubugu

EDIT – As of 28th Nov 2020, NDHM issued a clarification that HealthID will be made an OpenIDC as envisioned below. The below was written prior to that

India’s National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) is great opportunity to adopt a truly digital health platform. A pandemic staring at us and with the evolution of policy, standards & technology, a vibrant developer community, a workforce that can be trained, upskilled to deliver the digital services the timing has never been this urgent !

The importance of public-private partnership for an outcome-oriented approach in diagnosing and treating breast cancer in India by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and 80% breast cancer incidents are recorded in women above 40 years of age. This is especially worrisome because the number could be an underestimate as currently only 15% of the population is covered by cancer registries.

Indispensable supercomputers for Coronavirus structure research and vaccine development by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

The Coronavirus causing the pandemic COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in our lives. This efficient infection causing machine, SARS-CoV-2, is comprised of only 29 proteins with a genome 1/200,000 the size of a human being. It is remarkably evolved to trick human cells in its quick propagation causing innumerable deaths and sickness across the globes.

National Digital Health Mission and Role of Future Ready Healthcare Professionals by Dr. Oommen John, @oommen_john


India has been making steady progress in leveraging information and communication technologies in healthcare for over two decades. Efforts to build and act in the health information systems and electronic medical records in both public and private healthcare settings have been underway. For example, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a premier research and development organization of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) developed and deployed India’s first indigenously developed total hospital information system (HIS) software in the 1990s.

Prepping for a remote, contactless healthcare service delivery in India: The essentials by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

The increased need for an acceleration in digital transformation in a post-COVID world is a no-brainer to understand. Healthcare service providers were rather compelled to adapt and digitally innovate to face the unprecedented pandemic in as less than two to three months, pushing hospital IT infrastructure to go above and beyond to find new ways of attending, responding, and treating to in- and out-patients remotely.

e-Sanjeevani– Dr Sanjay Sood explains how milestones were achieved during pandemic by Anusha Ashwin, @ashwin_anusha

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s digital telemedicine initiative e-Sanjeevani has proved its usefulness and easy access for the caregivers and the medical community, and those seeking healthcare services in the times of COVID-19 pandemic. This is touted as a big push for the ‘Digital India’ initiative laid down by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Recently, as announced on October 29th by PIB, e-Sanjeevani reached a new milestone. So far, e-Sanjeevani has completed 6 lakh tele consultations. As of October 12th, the platform recorded 5 lakh consultations. It took e-Sanjeevani just 15 days to complete the last one lakh consultations.

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


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).

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