Gaur was speaking at the launch of second edition of Healthcare Innovation Challenge (HIC) 2.0. A initiative, by the NASSCOM Centre of Excellence CoE- IoT & AI, MeitY with state governments. HIC aims to address the challenges faced by healthcare providers in digital technology adoption.
“This has been a transformational year for India’s healthcare, especially healthcare technologies. Initiatives like HIC will aid the government’s efforts to promote digital agenda in India’s healthcare infrastructure to make it more resilient, competitive and future-ready. Digital technology solutions for doctors and patients including telemedicine and teleconsultation have helped us to take healthcare access to India’s hinterland in the pandemic. Enabling emerging technologies using data-based approach will enable more innovation through CoEs, thereby providing affordable services in every part of the country,” said Saurabh Gaur, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
The key objectives of the HIC include driving operational excellence by enabling automation of administrative processes and digitization of clinical workflows through the adoption of digital technology solutions; enabling healthcare providers to nominate use cases as per the digital solution needs and driving the program to enable the curation, evaluation & deployment of technology-led innovative solutions that address the nominated use cases.
In this edition, the healthcare providers across the country are invited to nominate use cases as per their digital solution needs. The HIC#2 partner hospitals include KIMS Health, Mahajan Imaging, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Sankara Netralaya and Zydus Hospitals.
For this edition of HIC, healthcare providers have been nominated for use cases which include converting radiology reports and images into multimedia files, centralized tele-radiology reporting, homecare and patient monitoring solutions, digital clinical assistant for integrating with legacy HER, AI-based cancer diagnosis. After nominations by the partner hospitals, applications for solutions are invited at pan India level.
During the first edition of HIC, over 125 applications from various solution providers across India were pre-screened by the CoE team down to 23. The pre-screened applications were presented to the jury panelists. Three jury panels were created amongst 25 key stakeholders from 18 healthcare organizations including hospitals, pharma companies, med-tech enterprises & diagnostic chains. Winners, runners up and other special mentions were announced during the finale.