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India’s National Cancer Grid establishes a digital cancer center

National Cancer Grid in India, a government-backed network of organizations focused on cancer care and research, has established the Koita Center for Digital Oncology.

According to a press release, the center aims to promote the use of digital technologies to improve cancer care across India.

The non-profit organization Koita Foundation recently signed a memorandum of understanding with NCG’s grantor, Tata Memorial Center, to support the newly established center for five years. The Koita Foundation has also helped establish the Koita Center for Digital Health, which focuses on driving academic programs, research, and industry collaborations in digital health.

BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT

As of 2020, there were around 2.7 million people in India living with cancer. Every year around 1.4 million Indians are diagnosed with cancer, claiming 850,000 lives. As cases increase each year, digital tools become increasingly indispensable to improving cancer care.

The KCDO will help drive digital transformation across India’s cancer care ecosystem, according to the Department of Atomic Energy, which established the NCG.

It will help create an “innovation ecosystem” of hospitals, health technology companies, academic institutions and research organizations to address challenges in cancer care, said Dr. Rajendra Badwe, director of the Tata Memorial Centre.

The center will help NCG’s more than 270 partner hospitals share best practices in digital health, adopt digital health tools and drive common technology initiatives, including EMR adoption, healthcare data interoperability, reporting and analytics.

In addition, the KCDO will enable the NCG and its member institutions to pilot and adopt emerging technologies, including AI, machine learning, big data, automation, and cloud computing. These technologies, in turn, will drive telemedicine and remote patient monitoring that will make health care more accessible in semi-urban and rural communities.

The center will drive the adoption of AI-assisted clinical decision support tools to improve physicians’ ability to deliver care, as well as patient-engagement mobile apps to help patients better manage their medications and adhere to guidelines. treatment.

It also plans to introduce healthcare data analytics in hospitals to enable monitoring and benchmarking of clinical outcomes and the effectiveness of different treatment and care pathways.

In addition, the KCDO will seek partnerships with academic and research groups to promote research and development in cancer care.

THE BIGGEST TREND

According to Rizwan Koita, director of the Koita Foundation, the KCDO could help facilitate greater adoption of the Indian government’s Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, which is a “key national priority.”

ABDM is building the foundations of India’s integrated digital health infrastructure by connecting different healthcare stakeholders through digital pathways.

In other Asia-Pacific related news, The Singapore National Cancer Center recently partnered with GE Healthcare to develop new solutions for cancer care powered by AI.

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