A first of its kind in India, the centre will focus on driving academic programmes, research and industry collaboration
On June 10, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay announced the setting up of the Koita Centre for Digital Health (KCDH) with a generous contribution received from its alumni Rekha and Rizwan Koita, under the aegis of their NGO Koita Foundation.
KCDH will be the first of its kind in India, focused on driving academic programs, research and industry collaboration in Digital Health. Improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare is one of the world’s biggest priorities.
Digital Health, including healthcare informatics, has a profound impact on the quality of care and efficiency of healthcare delivery. Consequently, there is substantial focus globally on enhancing Digital Health and Informatics.
In India too, the launch of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) in 2020 is expected to drive Digital Health adoption at a national scale.
KCDH’s academic and research focus areas include:
Digital Health and Informatics need cross-functional expertise – computer science, statistics, AI/ machine learning, bioinformatics, and medicine. To make this happen, KCDH is establishing a world-class advisory board consisting of experienced healthcare professionals, academics, healthcare technology and industry veterans. The advisory board will provide an overall vision and guidance to KCDH.
“The centrr will enable an ecosystem that can help address the healthcare challenges that have been so glaringly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital Health and Informatics need cross-functional expertise,” said Subhasis Chaudhuri, director, IIT Bombay.
“At KCDH we hope to enable seamless cross-functionality across these streams. We hope this new initiative will open up exciting opportunities for our graduates, including spearheading research, launching startups, and much more,” he added.
Koita Foundation will work closely with the centre to help scale its operations and work with their digital health partners on joint digital health initiatives (e.g., internships, research programs).
“Digital Health is critical to improving healthcare and we are delighted to support IIT Bombay in establishing the centre, which can play a pivotal role in improving healthcare in India and across the world,” said Rizwan Koita, founder Koita Foundation.
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