The National Cancer Grid in India, a government-backed network of organisations centered on cancer care and research, has generated the Koita Centre for Digital Oncology.
In accordance with a news release, the centre aims to market the usage of digital technologies to improve cancer care across India.
The non-profit organisation Koita Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding with NCG’s grantor Tata Memorial Centre to aid the newly established centre for five years. The Koita Foundation in addition has helped establish the Koita Centre for Digital Health, which targets driving academic programs, research, and industry collaborations in digital health.
WHY IT MATTERS
In 2020, there have been around 2.7 million people in India who lived with cancer. Every year, about 1.4 million Indians are receiving identified as having cancer, claiming 850,000 lives. As cases grow every year, digital tools are becoming increasingly indispensable in enhancing cancer care.
The KCDO can help drive the digital transformation across India’s cancer care ecosystem, based on the Department of Atomic Energy, which established the NCG.
It can help create an “innovation ecosystem” of hospitals, healthcare technology companies, academic institutions and research organisations to handle challenges in cancer care, said Dr Rajendra Badwe, director of the Tata Memorial Centre.
The centre will help over 270 NCG partner hospitals in sharing guidelines in digital health, adopting digital health tools, and driving common technology initiatives, including EMR adoption, healthcare data interoperability, reporting and analytics.
Moreover, the KCDO will enable the NCG and its own member institutions to pilot and adopt emerging technologies, including AI, machine learning, big data, automation, and cloud computing. These technologies will subsequently power telemedicine and remote patient monitoring that may make healthcare more available in semi-urban and rural communities.
The centre will push the adoption of AI-assisted clinical decision support tools in enhancing doctors capability to provide care, and also mobile patient engagement apps to greatly help patients better manage their medications and adhere to treatment guidelines.
In addition, it plans to introduce healthcare data analytics across hospitals make it possible for tracking and benchmarking of clinical outcomes and the potency of different treatment and care pathways.
Additionally, the KCDO will seek partnerships with academic and research groups to market research and development in cancer care.
THE BIGGER TREND
In accordance with Rizwan Koita, director of Koita Foundation, the KCDO may help facilitate the higher adoption of the Indian government’s Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, that is a “key national priority”.
The ABDM is developing the foundations of India’s integrated digital health infrastructure by connecting different healthcare stakeholders through digital pathways.
In other related news around Asia-Pacific, National Cancer Centre Singapore has teamed up with GE Healthcare to build up new AI-driven cancer care solutions.