M S Shanmugham, Project Director, Tamil Nadu Health Systems
If healthcare system in India, especially medical technology, needs to reach the next level of performance, it has to be patient friendly. The Tamil Nadu Health System is a World Bank-funded project, primarily looking at some key areas like communicable diseases, mother and child healthcare, Healthcare Information Management Systems (HIMS), tribal health, integrated bio-medical waste management and general activities, to take healthcare to all in the state. As an initiative to promote use of technology at the last mile and ensure data collection is faster and more accurate, we have given laptops to the village nurses, who have the responsibility to carry the data with them for surveys and to collect data at the household level in real time. This has eased the work process, facilitated speedier data flow and better management of projects.
John R Samuel, Managing Director – Health Vertical, Accenture India
We have seen that the vision of any public health organisation globally has a common goal to improve patient care, efficiency and safety while lowering healthcare costs. On the same lines, we explored the digital world for a smart and portable solution and have introduced a gadget called ‘Digital Plaster’. This is a wireless device that continuously monitors vital signs and transmits the data in real time. It can provide early warning signs in case a patient’s health deteriorates and thus save his life. It monitors temperature, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen on its own without the need of a nurse by the bedside. Post discharge, the patients can connect with doctor from home itself. One can also have alerts for all parameters. This is innovation will change the way we do patient care, especially elderly care.
K P Noufel, Executive Director, IT@School, Govt of Kerala
IT@School is an initiative in Kerala which implements ICT in education. It has been implemented in 12,500 schools across Kerala and its aim is to provide necessary hardware in various schools. While maintaining the organisational structures of the highly trained teachers at IT@Kerala, the availability of digitally collaborated textbooks and anytime, anywhere learning concept came in handy. A software called ‘Sampoorna’ helps the teachers collect data and analyse it. The IT@School tool has proved to be a great support system to the General Education Department of Kerala.
Dr C S Kumar, Secretary, Department of Employment, Technical Education & Training, Govt of Odisha
Education is one field where there are multi stakeholders and where each stakeholder has his own expectation and aspiration. Students are at the centre, surrounded by teachers, parents and education administrators, civil society, and finally, the country at large. Whatever we do or whatever steps we take, it should satisfy the concerns of all the stakeholders.
S Chokalingam, Education Commissioner, Government of Maharashtra
‘Shala Darpan’ is an initiative taken up by the Government of Maharashtra to create a database of students and teachers. Benefits of this initiative will be easy tracking of growth chart of a particular student and analyse the areas he/ she lacks in. Our children are ahead of us when it comes to use of technologies, so we should challenge them to learn rather than teaching them which would be an arduous task. The education of the future will have no schools, albeit there will be open schools and we should ask ourselves whether we are ready for it.
Ritu Maheshwari, Mission Director, Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission
We, in UP, are planning to train and employ over 25 lakh people in the next three years with an estimated budget of Rs 4,000 crore. India has a demographic dividend in terms of ready-for-work population. However, in some areas, there is a deficit of working population and in other areas, they are in abundance. There is also a huge unemployment issue among educated population as some are dropouts and others semi-educated. There is also huge backlog of educated and skilled population adaptable to the need of manufacturing sector of the country. Similarly, there is a 50 percent skill gap and this mission is aimed towards matching that gap.