The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences is organizing a two-day Sri Sathya Sai Healthcare Information Technology Practitioners Conference. The conference focuses on ways and means of implementing innovations in IT to enhance the quality of patient care.
The conference is being attended by around 120 delegates from Inland & Overseas.
The topics to be covered in the conference range from “Impact of Information Technology on healthcare” to “Mobile Health and Innovations”. The conference also emphasizes the adoption of IT in healthcare delivery at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences at Prasanthigram and Whitefield. Both hospitals had adopted IT in the areas pertaining to patient care, streamlining workflow, resource optimization and enhancing clinical productivity and experience.
In his inaugural address to the audience, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, Dr Choudary Voleti mentioned about the evolution of Information Technology from 1960s onwards. “The flood gates opened for IT in the 1970s when computer became accessible to the common man. The second occasion happened was in 1980s, when vendors started coming into the picture and later all would come to know the internet revolutionized IT. But all this did not mean much for medicine, as it became patient centric,” he said. “Most of the doctors became more open to IT in healthcare because it became patient centric,” he added. “Now IT has become essential to running good medicine,” he said.
Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri R J Ratnakar, while addressing the audience said that while we all know about IT as information technology, but Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had spoken about IT as Internal Transformation, which was essential. “It was this internal transformation of the people, which brought so many people to take part in the service activities” he said. “This beautiful hospital is an example of that”, he added. “When we talk about this hospital to people, they ask us whether it is really possible that a hospital like this could exist. It exists because of the internal transformation that Bhagawan Baba has brought about,” Sri Rathnakar further said.
The Secretary of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Prasada Rao in his talk mentioned that many people had asked Bhagawan Baba, how long could Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences function, where everything is completely free, “Swami affirmed that the hospital would go on for thousands of years,” Sri Prasada Rao said. Talking about IT in healthcare he said that information should be used for transformation, only then information becomes beneficial. “IT set up from the beginning at the SSSIHMS is patient centric. In our hospitals we do not use or expand our IT set up just for the sake of doing it rather to make sure that the patients get benefitted through IT,” he said. “This conference will provide an opportunity to sensitize professionals attending the conference towards that end,” he added.
At the end of the first day of the Conference, the delegates and the faculty members attended the Bhajans and Darshan in the Sai Kulwanth hall.