COVID19 has emerged as the single most impactful adversary that humanity has faced. Deceptively small, embarrassingly simple to dissolve yet destroying without pause. It’s not like we do not have a mechanism to avoid or even tolerate when infected. It’s not like we don’t know how to diminish its effects. We even know that millions can be saved by the simplest of no cost social measures including hand washing and social distancing . Despite all these efforts if the virus infects a small subset of Indians the health system will be overwhelmed. This is not because of any lack of effort on the part of the government or even the private sector. It is a question of numbers and having well designed infrastructure to tackle this scourge.Continue reading “The 21 day miracle: Transforming Indian Healthcare: for everyone, everywhere, forever by Dr Sai Praveen Haranath, @ThinkMD”
The eObjects specially the eClaims object creates a Financial Lever for the market. If the providers submit the claims in standard eClaims Object format then the turnaround time for their payments can be expected to be faster. Clearly eObjects are an innovative breakthrough.
Here is a sequence of events over the last 8-10 years that lead to the eObjects.Continue reading “Health Systems for a New India: eObjects Building Blocks by Dr. Pankaj Gupta, @pankajguptadr”
“Can I see your blood test reports from last month” – the doctor asked me. “I have it on my mobile” – I told him. I showed him the pdf report the lab had mail me on my email id. “Do you have earlier reports?”– he asked. I started searching my mailbox for previous reports but was unable to locate them. I asked him “Sir, if I give you my hospital Id, can you fetch it from your system. some tests were done in another branch of your hospital”. He took my hospital id , searched on his EMR and found my old records. Relieved I wondered if I had my tests done in another hospital how would had I shown the reports. This hospital has a centralized information management system connecting all the branches and an universal patient identifier. However the doctor was able to see all my tests and note of my encounters with other doctors in the hospital, which I felt was violation of my privacy.Continue reading “Making HL7 #FHIR work for India by Kumar Satyam, @kr_satyam”
To provide better and cost effective patient care, one needs to exchange healthcare information. For this to happen seamlessly, there is a dire need of Standards that facilitate this interoperability.Continue reading “Terminology Standards for Health Information Exchange in the times of SARS-Cov2 by Prof. Supten Sarbadhikari, @supten”
The reality of the Indian healthcare system
The current onslaught of COVID-19 has brought to the fore numerous issues that healthcare systems face worldwide. India, with its COVID-19 case load trailing China, Europe and the US by a few weeks, is almost certain to encounter its healthcare system’s limitations in the coming weeks to months. Many countries today have witnessed a geometric rise in the number of cases of the virus owing to its infectiousness and unique transmission characteristics. Barring unknown climatic effects or significant mutations in the virus, it is likely to follow a similar course in the Indian population. The similarities unfortunately end here.Continue reading “Innovative solutions for India to manage critically ill #COVID-19 patients, a five point agenda by Dhruv Joshi and Dileep Raman, @cloudphysician”
- A Registered Medical Practitioner is entitled to provide telemedicine consultation to patients from any part of India
- The RMPs should exercise their professional judgment to decide whether a telemedicine consultation is appropriate in a given situation or an in-person consultation is needed in the interest of the patient.
- The RMP shall uphold the same standard of care as in an in-person consultation but within the intrinsic limits of telemedicine.
India’s population is 1.3 billion as of 2020 based on the population forecast (1). India is home to 18% of the world population. As per the Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Disease Dynamics (EPI Model), at least 40% of the people are likely to be infected in the US. As per Prof. Lipsitch (2) a well-known Epidemiologist of Harvard school of public health, “40% to 70% of people worldwide are likely to be infected by COVID-19 in the coming year”.Continue reading “Is India ready to face the #COVID19 Pandemic? by Jeyseelan Jayaraj, @jeyaseelanj”
…an approach for 2020 and beyond!
Healthcare Consumers’ biggest pain point today has been the difficulty in navigating the fragmented ecosystem! This fragmented ecosystem is leading to impersonal communication & transactions and complicated & time-consuming affair. Due to the increasingly personalized and convenient experiences with other sectors, Consumers have high expectations when it comes to the services they’re receiving from the healthcare industry, according to a new global survey from Salesforce Research.Continue reading “Consumer-centric digital platform for integrated health care services by Ambarish Giliyar, @iAmGiliyar”
Debates are raging on social media regarding explainable AI in healthcare. Geoffrey Hinton, one of the ‘godfathers of AI’ recently tweeted – “Suppose you have cancer and you have to choose between a black box AI surgeon that cannot explain how it works but has a 90% cure rate and a human surgeon with an 80% cure rate.Continue reading “Explainable artificial intelligence in healthcare by Dr. Johnson Thomas, MD, FACE, @JohnsonThomasMD”
Everyone from Marc Andreessen to the angel next door is talking about the disruptive forces of digital technology knocking the doors of healthcare industry. Nothing is more appealing than a cure for cancer or at least a possible early diagnosis. Potential for solving the resource crunch by replacing doctors with AI appears to be on the horizon.Continue reading “Caveats for #DigitalHealth by Bharat Gera, @bgera”
Healthcare initiatives have taken a quantum leap by incorporating many disruptive technologies that seek to aid and empower the patient base by improving access to existing and novel services at lower costs.Continue reading “Mapping New Frontiers in #DigitalHealth by Aparna Kumaraswamy, @swissnexindia”
In recent years, there has been an amplified focus on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in various domains to resolve complex issues. Likewise, the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is growing while radically changing the face of health- care delivery.Continue reading “Use of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Delivery by Dr. Sandeep Reddy, @docsunny50”
If we want to start using Analytics in India, one of the areas to focus on can be in the area of Diagnostic Analytics. We can leverage Transfer learning in this area as there are many pre-trained models leveraged by others and available.Continue reading “Healthcare Decoded – The #Analytics Conundrum by Harish Rijhwani, @Harish_Rijhwani”
Current Status in India
Indian healthcare informatics is at the point of inflection,with the government finally taking firm steps, towards becoming an active regulator and payor. The policy maker is finally in the process of becoming a facilitator for collaborative efforts for this massive exercise.Continue reading “The National Collaborative Initiative for Interoperability By Aniruddha Nene, NCII”
Not only did the work involve a creative attitude, it involved the dedication of sharp minded attention to detail mindset. It was back-breaking work rising up to a crescendo of sleepless nights towards the finish line during CAHOTECH2019Continue reading “Immersive #HealthTech Ecosystem Showcase in “The Pavilion of the Future” during CAHOTECH 2019 by Manick Rajendran, @manicknj”