Machine Learning, Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence have made the space of DigitalHealth 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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10 Influential Women in Health IT -By Dan Bowman
From government officials to hospitals administrators to patient advocates, women are making an impact in health IT by leading innovation and change in all facets of healthcare. We asked our readers to nominate the most influential women in health IT for our second annual list.
And boy, did they respond--it was tough to keep the list to 10. We received nominations for women who are changing the face of personal health data and patient engagement, advancing nurse informatics, promoting mHealth and tele-medicine, using technology to improve global healthcare, developing healthcare apps and more.
The Problem: Thousands of kids die every year in the tribal area of Melghat (Maharashtra, India) due to lack of medical attention and nutritional support. Increased incidence and rapid spread of infectious diseases such as pneumonia, typhoid, and dysentery are primary cause of high child mortality. Situation worsens during monsoon when the food supplies are low and the communicable diseases are at their peak.
Melghat is also a place known for high infant mortality rate. Some reasons for the health crisis in Melghat include lack of infrastructure, under-equipped and under-staffed public health and ICDS centres, the tradition of early marriages and early mothe…
The healthcare industry is currently
experiencing change at an unprecedented rate. Change is not only occurring in
the technology used in diagnostics and care delivery, but this change is so
fundamental that it could, and likely will, fundamentally alter the business
model of the industry. Today we have fitness bands, healthcare
apps, appointment schedulers, health chats and several such means to access
healthcare but one thing that all of this does not necessarily correlate with
high quality of care or better outcomes. We need to understand that “Not even a
Ferrari will get us to our destination without a driver.”Formula of Driver: Driver = (Need + Incentive) where; Incentive = (Value + Reward) Need = (Gap + Demand) To define the best drivers, we need to
first address the need. Need might not make economic or business sense but it
is the best opportunity to leave an impact. No one remembers how much business
a “Mughal-e-Azam” or “Usual suspects” did but everyone remembers that these
“Zika had 'disappeared' because it wasn’t worth worrying about and people weren’t paying attention.” Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in a sentinel monkey that was being used to monitor for the presence of yellow fever virus in the Zika Forest of Uganda. At this time cell lines were not available for studying viruses, so serum from the febrile monkey was inoculated intra-cerebrally into mice. All the mice became sick, and the virus isolated from their brains was called Zika virus. The same virus was subsequently isolated from Aedes africanus mosquitoes in the Zika forest.
In 1950, when some serological studies were being done, it was found that we humans developed antibodies against this virus. Further studies revealed evidence of infection in other African countries, including Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Gabon, as well as Asia (India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia). The virus circulating in Brazil is an Asi…