Bengaluru: “Although we have achieved mastery over the prevention of infections, been able to eradicate many diseases and assumed technology-assisted procedures with modern medicine, there is a need for large-scale nationalisation of healthcare services. There must be an integrative medicine model of healthcare, emphasis on preventive and promotive components, and incentivization of ‘healthy family’ concept, ” said Dr. B.N. Gangadhar, Padma Shri recipient and Director, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), in his keynote address at Ayusmat 2020, the healthcare summit at IIM Bangalore, recently. Aysumat 2020 was organized by the students of the General Management Programme for Healthcare Executives (GMHE) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). The theme of the event was ‘Disruptive Innovation – The Future Landscape of Healthcare’, which brought together health innovators, investors, and healthcare providers. It rendered a useful platform for participants – healthcare experts, start-ups, investors, and technology innovators – across the ecosphere to network, meet funders when they also learned from the industry’s best and shared their ideas on creating better healthcare outcomes. The focus at the event was on three key areas: Innovation, Investment, and Adoption.
“Healthcare managers of the future will be quasiinformaticians,” remarked Dr. Vidur Mahajan, while addressing the audience on ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’ at the summit. “AI is simply a tool, albeit a powerful and highly accessible one. As AI is percolating into all aspects – preventive and population health, diagnostics, and therapeutics – of healthcare, we are still in the early days due to some fundamental issues like implications of AI, and the technical, ethical and legal consequences. For deploying AI, probably a parallel IT stack would be required. Success will come from technologies that affect the iron triangle with the apexes of Cost, Quality and Access that must be taken care of, ” he explained.