NASSCOM CoE launches Healthcare Innovation Challenge 2.0

The initiative aims to address the challenges faced by healthcare providers in digital technology adoption

NASSCOM Centre of Excellence (CoE) has launched Healthcare Innovation Challenge (HIC) 2.0. The initiative aims to address the challenges faced by healthcare providers in digital technology adoption. The use case sponsors include some of the hospitals from HIC#2 and some new hospitals looking to work with CoE for their digital transformation.


“Initiatives like Healthcare Innovation Challenge will aid the government’s efforts to promote digital agenda in India’s healthcare infrastructure to make it more resilient, competitive and future-ready. Digital Technology solutions for doctors and patients including telemedicine and teleconsultation have helped us to take healthcare access to India’s hinterland in the pandemic. Enabling emerging technologies using a data-based approach will enable more innovation through CoEs, thereby providing affordable services in every part of the country,” said Saurabh Gaur, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). 

The key objectives of the HIC include driving operational excellence by enabling automation of administrative processes and digitisation of clinical workflows through the adoption of digital technology solutions; enabling healthcare providers to nominate use cases as per the digital solution needs and driving the programme to enable the curation, evaluation and deployment of technology-led innovative solutions that address the nominated use cases. In this edition, healthcare providers across the country are invited to nominate use cases as per their digital solution needs. The HIC#2 partner hospitals include KIMS Health, Mahajan Imaging, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Sankara Netralaya and Zydus Hospitals. 

For this edition of HIC, healthcare providers have been nominated for use cases which include converting radiology reports and images into multimedia files, centralized teleradiology reporting, home care and patient monitoring solutions, digital clinical assistant for integrating with legacy EHR, AI-based cancer diagnosis and OT Automation. After nominations by the partner hospitals, applications for solutions are invited at the pan India level. During the first edition of HIC, 125+ applications were received from various solution providers across India which were then pre-screened by the CoE team down to 23. The pre-screened applications were presented to the jury panellists. Three jury panels were created amongst 25 key stakeholders from 18 healthcare organisations including hospitals, pharma companies, med-tech enterprises and diagnostic chains. Winners, runners up and other special mentions were announced during the finale. 

The event witnessed participation from dignitaries including Dr Girdhar Gyani, Director General, AHPI, Girish Raghavan, Vice President, GE Healthcare India Digital Engineering, Dr Jayshankar Das, Director – Research, Institute of Medical Science, SUM, Kavita Lamror, Director, Sanofi, Debashish Roy, Head Digital and Strategic Initiatives, Abbott, Dr Anil Kukreja, Vice President – Medical Affairs and Regulatory, Astra Zeneca, Manu Gupta, Vice President – IT, Cadila Pharma, Ashutosh Inamdar, Sr. General Manager – Strategy, Lupin, Ishaq Quadri, Vice President, HIMSS India Chapter, Chandra Mouli CIO, Sankara Nethralaya, JP Dwivedi, CIO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Manish Kumar Rai, Head IT, Zydus Hospitals, Sreeni Venugopal, Group Chief Information Officer, KIMS Health, Dr Vasanth Venugopal, Consultant Radiologist & Head of Imaging Research, Mahajan Imaging.

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