Digital Health is more than old wine in a new bottle says Rajesh Batra, CIO and VP Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital

Last year I had the opportunity of listening to a senior Healthcare technology executive on his vision for the growth of digital health in India. Since then I have made it a point to pick his brain on all things healthcare. I am delighted that he has agreed for a short interview with us and these are some excerpts from the discussion. Rajesh Batra is the CIO and VP for Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai for the last 5 years. He has worked with advanced technologies like IoT, Analytics, Big Data and Omni Channel.

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Healthcare analytics driving the next level of transformation for healthcare in India

Analytics is driving the next level of transformation for healthcare in India. With increase in digital adoption, organizations now have the option of using the data to run analytics and power programs for patient engagement, health education and process improvements. In Healthcare data is the new oil.

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Is Indian Healthcare ready for Big Data and Analytics?

 

In the ancient times India had family healers that were called upon to combat disease and improve the standards of care. These medicine men of the old not only had knowledge of fields like Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani but also had knowledge of family history that used to help in their diagnosis. After the coming of the British though traditional medicine got supplanted by modern allopathic treatment the role of the family physician continued. So family history and your own medical history was known to these physicians. In a sense we had an efficient system for Big Data and Analytics though it was not system driven. But healthcare till then was the privilege of a few and not easily available to all.

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