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IIT Bombay joins hands with Koita Foundation to launch India's first digital health centre

The 'Koita Centre for Digital Health' will address the health challenges exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mumbai's premier technology institute, IIT-B has set up the 'Koita Centre for Digital Health', the nation's first academic, research and industry collaboration in digital health. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Indian Institute of Technology announced the new venture, in association with the Koita Foundation, to address the health challenges exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative followed a grant from its alumni, Rekha and Rizwan Koita, to enable better quality, convenience and affordability of healthcare via digital health.

KCDH to enable academic, industry and research excellence

The first of its kind in the country, the Koita Centre for Digital Health (KCDH) will pivot around academic and research areas like clinical applications (including electronic patient records and medical imaging), healthcare data management including its privacy and security, healthcare analytics, health AI/ML, consumer health, public health and public policy.

The centre will offer programmes ranging from minor, dual degree to Masters and Doctorate programmes in Healthcare Informatics. It will also initiate industry/outreach programs for healthcare and industry professionals in digital health to enable them to act as 'force-multipliers'

The binding force of digital health care & informatics

Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri, IIT-B Director highlighted that "The KCDH will enable an ecosystem to help address the healthcare challenges that have been so glaringly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital health and informatics need cross-functional expertise." The KDHC will bolster the link between the tools of computer science, statistics, artificial intelligence or machine learning, bioinformatics and medicine with the partners of digital health, including medical research institutes and the industry.

This strong association will open the avenues to create joint academic and research programmes, facilitating a prime proficiency model. This will also provide a coherent cross-functionality across the streams of informatics and digital health, opening several opportunities for the graduates, such as spearheading research, launching start-ups and a lot more, The IIT B director added.

KCDH to refine healthcare modules in India and abroad

Rizwan Koita, who is the Co-Founder and CEO of global healthcare technology company, CitiusTech, indicated the importance of digital health as a critical factor to improve and scale the healthcare systems. He said that the KCDH will play a fundamental role in refining the healthcare modules in India and abroad.

The KCDH will actively engage with government organisations, healthcare technology enterprises and NGOs involved in healthcare under the banner of India's National Digital Health Mission 2020. This will place the nation in the playing field of the several global agencies and centres that are focusing increasingly on enhancing digital health and informatics.

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