With the heavy penetration of digital tools in Healthcare, healthcare professionals must embrace the digital era.
During the #PhilipsChat, on the 10th April 2017, experts were asked about what they thought about the current trends and focus areas that the IT Industry, Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals and Startups will need to keep in view in the near and short-term while making their organisation ready for the Digital Transformation that can be and will be enabled by #IoT in Healthcare.
A great discussion ensued and that has spawned this blog series. Presenting the insights shared by Dr Vikram Venkateswaran (@drvikram) on #IoT in Healthcare #PhilipsChat.
IoT or the Internet of Things continues to drive transformation in the healthcare industry. Some might argue that IoT is not new, maybe the patenting of the passive RFID in 1973 was the origin of IoT. By the 1980’s many manufacturing units were already connected. Some others like consumer goods were using a form of IoT. For example Coke was using a similar technology with its vending machines in 1980’s which was invented at the Carnegie Mellon University. 1980 was also the year CERN launched World Wide Web (WWW) and the internet was born. By 1990’s Wal-Mart had mandated all organizations that are displaying their goods to have advanced RFID chips.
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.
I was reading an article from McKinsey where the authors, Thomas London and Penelope Dash, emphasize on the need for developed economies to adopt digital to reduce the cost of care while ensuring that the quality of the care reaches a level of uniformity. (more…)