Stress laid on role of IT in health care

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, CHANDIGARH
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2014 20:31 IST

A one-day symposium on "Role of IT in medicine and healthcare" was held on Tuesday at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

The symposium was organised by the computer section of the institute. It was inaugurated by the director of the institute Dr YK Chawla.

It was attended by the faculty and doctors of the institute. Experts from field of information technology and healthcare delivered talks on wide range of topics from mobile applications for healthcare delivery, electronic medical record to bioinformatics.

Dr. Kumara Sanjaya from critical care Informatics, Phillips innovation campus ,spoke about healthcare delivery through mobile applications. He explained how mobile applications can play an important role in health care delivery.

Patient-centric mobile applications deliver pertinent information at the point-of-care. It also improve communication between various specialists, thus improving the overall care of the patient. Tele- ICU lowers the death rate and length of stay in the hospital,he said Naveen Bindra from the PGIMER demonstrated in-house developed mobile application on drug interaction. He demonstrated how the mobile app could be useful for doctors.

Cheema from the C-DAC,Noida, delivered a talk on generation of electronic health record(EHR). He emphasised that EHR was very important to facilitate better healthcare and bring efficiency in healthcare delivery.

Dr Somdutta Sinha from the IISER,Mohali, gave an overview of bioinformatics and discussed its importance in context of health and disease. In addition, she discussed analysing data and computational modelling and using graph theory to understand macroscopic properties of intracellular networks

Dr S Varma,chairman computerisation committee and Dr AK Gupta, medical superintendent were also present on this occasion.

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