Doing more with data
The way we see healthcare technology and how the percolation of technology can happen at state and population level has two layers – foundational and advanced building blocks on top of that foundation. From foundational standpoint, eHealth and HIS projects, and telemedicine and eMamta are enabling last-mile connectivity for the poorest of the poor. What we have experienced while working in Haryana is that the data we start collecting becomes increasingly important with time. You begin to create disease registries. You are able to plot incidents of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases on the state’s map and you are able to direct your programmes at district, taluka and block levels. We have done similar work across the world and it is heartening to see that India has left behind many of the advanced countries in deploying these initiatives. Once we have this basic layer ready, we are able to run various programmes and design clinical pathways for patients with advanced morbidities. Our endeavour globally and especially in the US is to work with renowned medical institutions like Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic to figure out how do we use the data generated, which can create improved health indicators of the population as a whole.