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Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru September 27 , 2017
The Indian healthcare industry has already been empowered by Internet of Things (IoT), however, there is still a long way to go. Today, attempts are being made to push basic healthcare to rural India through connected care, said Ravi Ramaswamy, Sr. Director Philips Health Systems.
The healthcare providers are seamlessly connected with technology to tend to patients. There is easy access to medicines and in some cases the costs too have gone down considerably, said Ramaswamy at the second edition of India’s largest Internet of Things platform - IoT India Congress 2017.
Nonetheless, with every good thing comes the side effects too. While implementing IoT, network capabilities are being challenged. There could be potential security and privacy breaches which needs to be taken care of, patient information needs to be managed well and healthcare providers need to be educated and constantly upgraded to be able to avail the benefits of the new technology. If the sector manages to achieve this, then there is no looking back, he added.
Philips is focusing on IoT with its solutions like Mobile Obstetrics Monitoring (MOM), IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) and Chest Pain Clinic(CPC). MOM software helps community caregivers and doctors work together to identify and manage high-risk pregnancies, bring care to where it is urgently needed which is at primary health centers and patient homes.
In the case of ICCC, it is a tele solution that enables transformation of clinical care in an intensive care setting. With this, multiple intensive care units can be monitored from a central command center located in a geographically separated area. A CPC is the first point of contact for the cardiovascular patients. It is usually run by general physicians and is equipped with Philips Efficia which is an innovative, portable and easy to use ECG machine. “These are just few of the breakthrough examples of how Philips is implementing IoT and focusing on larger IoT based healthcare solutions,” he said.

Delving on the access to manpower for the new technology driven era, Ramaswamy told Pharmabiz that it was not difficult to find a workforce that is trained in technology. Every individual is upgraded and is constantly upgrading themselves to be at par with the increasing demands of the recruiters. However, the challenge lies in the fact that if the company is able to mould them in a way to fit their requirement. At Philips we provide all the necessary trainings/workshops and added services that an employee can ask for to be able to deliver to the best of their abilities.

When asked whether the current education system should focus on IoT so that the millennial generation will have a better comprehension and be able to quickly implement to drive efficiency and innovation, Ramaswamy opined that current students were already aware of the existing technology in the competitive environment.

The educational institutes have already started incorporating it in the curriculum. However, right education and training at the right time will definitely make a difference, to shape these individuals for a better future. A larger focus from the educational institutes on IoT will surely help the present generation to better implement at a later date, he stated.

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