ACM India and iSIGCSE Chapter Education Webinar on 31 July with N Viswanadham: "Design of Healthcare 4.0 Platform Models"

July 20, 2021

ACM India, jointly with the iSIGCSE Chapter, organizes the next webinar in the ACM India Education Education Webinar series on another significant topic, the design of a comprehensive framework for the healthcare ecosystem that includes all stakeholders and emerging technologies.

Register now for "Design of Healthcare 4.0 Platform Models", to be presented on Saturday 31 July 2021 at 6 pm IST by N. Viswanadham, INSA Honorary Scientist, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science.

Registrations are limited, so please register early and secure your spot. All educators, academicians, industry professionals and students are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Abstract: Healthcare, and more precisely hospitals, are undergoing full-scale digital transformation. The underlying benefits are compelling--from improved patient health outcomes to reduced overall costs and increased competitiveness. It is important for India to take this opportunity to design healthcare platform models. India currently ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare. Rising income levels, ageing population, growing health awareness, and changing attitude towards preventive healthcare is expected to boost healthcare services demand in future. Also, focus is shifting from health care to health and well-being. There will be a greater focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, vitality, and wellness; on primary and secondary prevention; and on early diagnosis.

New technologies such as mobile internet, IOT, cloud, Big Data analytics, 3D printing, blockchain, digital valets, drones, and robots, are creating new industry giants at the cost of old businesses. Use of machine learning and AI is becoming the new norm for decision making both in government and industry. Startups in every area such as edtech, fintech, healthcare and entertainment are disrupting well-established institutions such as banks, hospitals, movies, universities, etc. We are currently witnessing the industry 4.0 in auto, real estate, IT, finance, and several other sectors. We can see the flourishing companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. follow the open platform-based business models collaborating with ecosystem partners. We will soon see the healthcare industry transition to 4.0.

Currently hospitals mainly comprise a limited number of medical practitioners in nursing homes and small hospitals. The transition to Healthcare 4.0 involves electronic medical records, digitization of patient data, cloud, mobile internet, IOMTs and connected patients, Big Data health analytics and AI, ML and blockchain. Innovation in diagnosis and medical treatment and developing personalized medicine.

In this talk, we propose the platform business model to transform the classical hospital model which we call Healthcare 1.0. The service chain consists of rendering healthcare services via centers of primary healthcare, community healthcare, public healthcare, multi-specialty healthcare, and emergency healthcare, as well as mobile and rural health camps. Diagnostic centers play a vital role in healthcare systems. After a brief introduction to the new technologies, we develop an ecosystem framework for healthcare service sector that includes all the stakeholders and new technologies. We develop the ecosystem model which gives a 360-degree overview of the entire healthcare system, and the governance mechanisms.

This research is of immense importance to policymakers and highly connected collaborative networks. Our research is in developing theoretical models for the design of competitive businesses.

N. Viswanadham is INSA Honorary Scientist in Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science. From 1967-1998, he was faculty at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Viswanadham was Professor and Executive Director for the Center of Excellence global logistics and manufacturing strategies in the Indian School of Business, 2006-2011. He was Deputy Executive Director of the Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific and Professor in Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering at the National University of Singapore, 1998-2005. He is the recipient of the 1996 IISc alumni award for excellence in research. He was conferred the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009 by IISc. He was awarded the 2012 Prof. S. K. Mitra Memorial Award by the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and the World Academy of Sciences.

Viswanadham has made significant contributions to the areas of manufacturing, logistics and global supply chain networks. He is the author of four textbooks, nine edited volumes, more than 240 journal and conference papers. His current research efforts are on use of new technologies for future supply chain network design using blockchains and smart contracts and design of competitive business models.

Geetanjali Kale, Pune Institute of Computer Technology