IIT-Kanpur, PGI Lucknow join hands to line up healthcare robotics CoE
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IIT-K) has and Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance innovation in accessible healthcare through indigenous solutions.
Under the MoU, the institutes will found out a centre of excellence (CoE) in telemedicine and healthcare robotics to nurture smart healthcare with an overarching objective of strengthening healthcare system. The MoU signing ceremony, persisted Monday, was attended by key members from both the institutes, including Prof RK Dhiman, director, SGPGIMS and Prof Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT Kanpur.
IIT Kanpur and SGPGI Lucknow have agreed to determine an R&D found out for promoting telemedicine aided by ICT and 5G, and point-of-care testing and diagnostics. An integrated network of mobile health vans in rural areas and smart kiosks in urban locales will ensure last-mile connectivity to determine availability of emergency healthcare services.
Any telemedicine system is about creating a network of expected beneficiaries and doctors and integrating them during a digital platform. an economical platform consisting of hardware sensors and IoT (internet of things) controller devices must be developed for collecting patient health data. The system has got to be integrated with cloud servers and mobile apps. SGPGIMS, Lucknow, found out a faculty of telemedicine & biomedical informatics in 2006 with the target of teaching and training healthcare personnel and clinical engineers’ tools and methods of ICT-enabled health care.
With the collaboration with IIT Kanpur and therefore the centre of excellence, the engineering aspects of clinical application of digital technologies are often addressed. With 20 years of experience in application-oriented telemedicine research, development, and deployment, SGPGI’s collaboration with IIT Kanpur will foster synergies to cultivate an ecosystem at the intersection of technology and healthcare through capacity development.