#MachineLearning, #BigData analytics, #ArtificialIntelligence have made the space of #digital #health even more interesting. Emerging markets like India are taking on these learning and bringing exciting business models. This blog is about Dr Dass's involvement in such projects and case studies. more on www.healthcursor.com
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India's foray into telemedicine face difficulties
India's attempts to make a foray into the world of telemedicine has not made much headway, especially due to foreign data processing laws and difficulties in certification of qualifications of Indian telemedicine providers, the Planning Commission has said. Rising costs and dearth of medical personnel have created pressures for public health care providers in developed countries to explore the possibility of electronic delivery of services across the borders and they looking for opportunities to outsource diagnostic services to private health care providers. What is relevant is the emergence of opportunities for Indian service providers to supply telemedicine services to developed countries in such segments as diagnostics, dermatology, opthalmology and psychiatry, a high-level group of the Commission observed in a report. The group notes that a number of telemedicine centres are already operating in the country. In 2001, the Indian Space Research Organisation launched a pilot project that connects 78 hospitals in remote areas to super speciality hospitals in the cities. In a recent study it has been reported that supply of telemedicine services from India has not taken off in a big way, except to the United States and Singapore. The client base of telemedicine business in the US has increased in recent years to scores of hospitals and the National Healthcare Group of the Singapore has tied up with Indian telemedicine institutes for providing teleradiology services to designated hospitals in Singapore, the study said. The potential with respect to the European Union has not been translated into actual business as yet on account of a number of factors such as data protection laws of EU members states and difficulties in certification of qualifications and accreditation of Indian telemedicine providers by the authorities in EU member states. There are issues as well that come in the way such as malpractice policies, liability insurance and jurisdiction issues for settling disputes that might arise. One of the main problems impeding growth of supply of telemedicine services by Indian service providers is the large variation in the quality of medical professionals with graduate and post-graduate qualifications produced by institutions across the country, which is a major constraint in receiving recognition from oversees medical authorities, the report said. However, with the government's decision to recognise degrees from foreign universities of English speaking countries, the problem would be addressed to a large extent. Telemedicine has also opened up possibilities of professionals providing expert healthcare services in remote rural areas from their locations in cities, the report said. Source: economic times
Worldwide, the cancer of the cervix (lower portion of the uterus) is the fourth most common cancer. It is also one of the most common causes of deaths due to cancer in women.
Most of my patients that participated in my public health project had wither dementia, Alzheimer's or were frail and sometimes immobile. They would forget their surroundings, spouse name and even getting a regular medical checkup was a challenge. These women, when asked to go for cervical cancer diagnosis, opted out and never showed up. Most of these tests are widely available but are uncomfortable and invasive. Patients are also not keen to go for them unless indicated.
1 in 5 cancer patients across the world experience delay in diagnosis and, it holds true for cervical cancer as well. Cervical cancer is diagnosed more frequently at more advanced stages.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is responsible for 90 percent cases. However, all women infected with this virus will not develop cervical cancer. …
Popular Health Technology Author and Founder, HealthCursor Consulting Group Dr. Ruchi V Dass elected Royal Society of Medicine Honorary Fellow in the United Kingdom. (Photo courtesy of Ruchi Dass)
Joining some of the elite names among scientists and physicians, Health Technology Author and Business Icon Ruchi Dass has been elected as a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom.
Dass is a renowned Physician and has worked with development organisation across the world driving technology driven public health initiatives. She is the Founder of the consulting group HealthCursor, and Author of several journals, including her upcoming book on “Big Data in Healthcare” with Springer.
Dr Dass wrote a book on “Innovations in Healthcare” that was unveiled by the Honourable President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in 2013. Dr. Ruchi Dass was listed amongst Most Powerful and Influential leaders in IT by Information week in 2013 and also received INTEROP’s “Women leader” recogni…
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