On 12th April 2019, Medica Superspeciality Hospital and the Bengal Chamber together came up with the outstanding initiative of Health Tech 2019.
Healthcare industry is now experiencing a rapid revolution, especially in this disruptive era. Technology has become fundamentally related and linked to almost all facets of workflow within the healthcare systems to optimize and speed up efficiency as it affects all stakeholders involved namely the patients, providers, and payers. The system involves massive use and transfer of data among all stakeholders. As the industry is edging towards being the fastest service-centric sector, there is a gradual shift about using centralized data to give the best to end users.
The application of technology to radically improve performance and human care has become a trending topic for healthcare organizations across the globe. Digital technology is touching the lives of every human being today in one way or the other, said Dr. Alok Roy, Former President, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals.
Dr. Roy was speaking on the sidelines of Health Tech 2019 Technologies for Universal Healthcare, jointly organized by Medica Superspecialty Hospital and The Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry to be held over two days between 12th and 13th April 2019, in Kolkata.
Mr. Indrajit Sen, President, The Bengal Chamber stated, "Apart from providing the best healthcare facility to all patients, The Bengal Chamber IT committee proposes that both public and private healthcare systems adopt blockchain based Electronic Health Record (EHR) where entire summary, prescriptions, reports to the respective unique citizen id stored on the blockchain platform."
The highlight of the opening day will be the Release of Knowledge Paper "Reimagining Health Information Exchange in India using Blockchain" drafted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers Private Limited.
"Indian healthcare is on the cusp of transformation by adopting the Ayushman Bharat and moving to attain the goal of Universal Health Care (UHC). It has been facing challenges of affordability, quality of care and availability of adequate skilled resources for a long time. Add to this, the various limitations of existing technology that has led to challenges around meaningful health information generation, ownership, storage, standardization, security, and exchange. Blockchain offers a solution to these challenges by providing a trust enabled information exchange platforms for the healthcare ecosystem to generate, store, and exchange meaningful health information in a secure manner" stated Mr. Arnab Basu, Chairperson, IT Committee, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Leader Technology Consulting, PwC India.
It was learnt that PwC had been supporting and engaging with several of them for developing solutions around these technologies.
Some of the key participants on the first day are Mr. Kazuya Nakajo, Chief Director General, JETRO, New Delhi, Mr. Hubert Goffinet, Trade and Investment Commissioner, Embassy of Belgium to India, Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice Chairman and Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Medica Hospital among others.