The National Cancer Grid of India, a government-backed network of organisations focused on cancer care and research, has established the Koita Digital Oncology Centre.
According to a press release, the center aims to promote the use of digital technologies to enhance cancer care in India.
The nonprofit Koita Foundation recently signed a memorandum of understanding with NCG’s grantmaker, the Tata Memorial Center, to support the newly established five People Center Year. The Koita Foundation also helped establish the Koita Center for Digital Health, which focuses on advancing academic programs, research, and industry collaborations in the field of digital health.
Why is it important
In 2020, about 2.7 million people will be living with cancer in India. Every year, about 1.4 million Indians are diagnosed with cancer, which takes 850,000 lives. As cases increase year by year, digital tools are becoming increasingly indispensable in enhancing cancer care.
KCDO will help drive digital transformation of India’s cancer care ecosystem, according to the Ministry of Atomic Energy, which established the NCG.
will help create an “innovation ecosystem” of hospitals, medical technology companies, academic institutions and research organizations to Meeting the Challenges Tata Memorial Centre Director Dr Rajendra Badwe said in cancer care.
The center will assist more than 270 NCG partner hospitals to share the best in digital health Practice, adopt digital health tools and drive common technology initiatives including EMR adoption, healthcare data interoperability, reporting and analytics.
In addition, KCDO will enable the NCG and its member institutions to pilot and adopt emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big data, automation and cloud computing. These technologies will in turn advance telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, making healthcare more accessible to semi-urban and rural communities.
The center will drive the adoption of AI-assisted clinical decision support tools to enhance physicians’ ability to deliver care, as well as mobile patient engagement apps to assist patients Better manage their medications and follow treatment guidelines.
It also plans to introduce healthcare data analytics across hospitals to enable tracking and benchmarking of clinical outcomes and the effectiveness of different treatment and care pathways.
In addition, KCDO will seek partnerships with academic and research communities to advance research and development of cancer treatments.
According to Rizwan Koita, director of the Koita Foundation, KCDO can help promote the Ayushman Bharat digital mission of the Indian government More adoption, which is a “national priority”.
ABDM is digitally connecting different healthcare stakeholders, laying the foundation for a comprehensive digital healthcare infrastructure in India.
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