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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

March 08, 2015

Sri Sathya Sai International Healthcare Information Technology Practitioners Conference-March 07, 2015 & March 08,2015 -Implementing IT to Enhance Quality of Patient Care-Day II



The second day of the Sri Sathya Sai International Healthcare Information Technology Practitioners Conference began with an interesting topic on “Mobile Health and Innovations”. It was a video conference session with one faculty member, Dr. Sanjeev Bhavnani, a cardiologist with vast experience in mobile healthcare innovation joining the discussion from the USA.


The session discussed the opportunities presented by the mobile health devices and their impact in the healthcare field. According to Dr Bhavnani the mobile healthcare devices like the smart phones have been able to take healthcare to the field level.  “In rural India there is around 80 per cent penetration of basic mobile phones, which can be leveraged to take healthcare to the point of care,” he said. Citing a study, he said that even simple text messages to patients reminding them of the precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of diabetes had reduced the onset of diabetes in such patients by around 35 per cent.


Joining in the discussion Dr. Srikanth Sola, cardiologist from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield, Bengaluru mentioned that the main challenges facing the expansion of the mobile health devices was accuracy and also the legal provisions which govern the devices. Dr Sola added that the key to having an efficient mobile health system was to train the local health practitioners so that they are able to screen and diagnose the patients accurately.


This session was followed by a presentation by Dr S P Kalantri, Medical Superintendent of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sevagram, Gujarat, on IT implementation at MGIMS. During his presentation he mentioned how Dr Sushila Nayar,  former Health Minister of India and  the founder of MGIMS had visited Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and after taking His blessings, had started the Sri Sathya Sai Accident and Emergency Unit in the hospital, named after  Bhagawan Baba.  


Sri Prasad B, Global Vice President GENPACT in this talk, later in the day, mentioned that cloud computing in Information Technology had brought down the cost of the technology as well as made the systems more elastic. “It is now easier to bring an idea into the market, he said. He also opined that for effective implementation of IT in a hospital setting, it is imperative for clinicians and IT engineers to sit together and collaborate to make the system work.


In his comments, Dr Choudary Voleti, Director, SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, said that at the root of implementation of Information Technology and healthcare scenario is economy. “We may have systems, which might be extremely advanced, but it is economy which decides whether a particular system could be implemented in a health care institution or not. Therefore, it is for each healthcare institution to decide, what technology is needed for their institution and how much benefit it would bring to the patients and how economically it could be implemented,” he said.


Commenting on the conference, Dr S P Kalantri said that the visiting the hospital was a lifetime experience. “The environment is calm and peaceful, and the hospitality is something I can never forget,” he said. Talking about the content of the conference Dr Kalantri said that academically the conference was top notch, “something we seldom see when we attend conferences outside,” he said. Dr Kalantri said he would definitely like to be a part of  any such conference in future.


Another faculty member, Dr R R Sudhir from Shankar Nethralaya, Bangalore, said that the conference was well organized and was high of academic content. “What made the conference even more worthwhile was that it was held in a spiritual environment,” he added.  


Dr K Nagamani from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad a delegate said that it was a novel experience for her to attend this conference.” The hospital has a beautiful environment, which is conducive for academic knowledge sharing,” she said.


Ms Rupel from Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Bangalore, a delegate at the conference, said that the conference was supreme in content; it was a wonderful experience and said that she would love to come back to SSSIHMS to attend such conferences, again.







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