Healthcare IT is entering exciting times ahead. The two day conference in Kolkata focussed on the latest happenings in Healthcare IT. The session commenced with a discussion by The Director of National Health portal on the Indian governments initiatives, Suptendra Nath Sarbadhikari. The Head and Curator of MIT Media Labs, Khsitij Marwah spoke about the upcoming technologies and its use in Healthcare while DELL Services, utive Director and Global Healthcare Practice head, Veera Ragahavan elaborated on cloud computing and its immense potential to scale up infrastructure solutions and add layers of effectiveness.
Deployment of HCIT in Clinical Care
Healthcare Information Technology must have specific applications in different clinical disciplines. In this session, the role of ICT in Ophthalmology, Geriatrics, Genetic Counseling, Surgery and Stroke were covered by experts from various countries. The session also highlighted how Personalized Medicine will soon be available through Tele-genetic Counselling. The increasing use of ICT in robotics was also covered. 15% of the population of Japan are senior citizens, and the use of ICT for providing them with healthcare was discussed by Jitsuzo Katsumata, Deputy General Administration Officer, Koma Tsukai Hospital, Japan. There was also a talk on Extra Terrestrial Telemedicine. Prof. Ronald C Merrell, Telemedicine Consultant to NASA demonstrated how the health of astronauts is looked after from the earth.
eHealth Around the World
The session on eHealth Around the World was conceived to give a truly global perspective on the deployment of HCIT. Representatives from South Africa and Europe such as Maurice Mars, Pofessor of Telehealth, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Zakiuddin Ahmed, CEO, e-Health Services, Karachi, Pakistan and others discussed the progress in their respective countries on the same. The Armed Forces Medical Services provide quality healthcare to our soldiers and ex-servicemen. The deployment of eHealth in this niche population was presented by Lt. General PP Varma, Deputy Chief Med, HQ of Integrated Ministry of Defence, India. The President of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, representing more than 90 countries, also gave a special address on eHealth in Europe.
Thought Leaders Convergence: Panel Discussion
This session hosted primer guests from the world of Healthcare and IT who deliberated on issues and potential solutions for transforming healthcare with IT. The esteemed speakers included the MD of Microsoft India, Kiran Bajwa, MD of Oracle India, Sandeep Mathur and Vice President of HiMSS USA, John H Daniels.