The Immersion Phase of Bio Asia Healthcare Devthon

This is the first of a series of blog posts about the Bioasia Healthcare Devthon currently on. The first ( immersion) and the second ( ideation and design thinking) phases of the devthon are over and there are a good number of interesting ideas and teams that are ready to prototype.

The industry immersion phase of the Bio Asia Healthcare Devthon kickstarted on the 10th of Jan and the second phase for ideation and design thinking phases happened on 17th of Jan. This blog post covers the experience of the immersion phase only.

This session started at Apollo Hospitals with a launch by Seemanth Jauhari (CEO, Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation) . With a panel of experts from the Apollo family, the immersion phase was set to be a good example of multi disciplinary participation on a single platform.

The pace was set right, when Rajib Ghosh (Head of Design, DLabs, Indian School of Business), detailed to the participants how to go about design thinking. He detailed the methods of looking for opportunities, challenges and pain points.

Immersion Phase Step 1:
The team went on a detailed tour of the entire hospital. This tour was meant to understand current functioning, gather any challenges explicitly mentioned and notice pain points, which are currently not focused upon.

Dr. Sandeep Varma, Deputy Medical Superintendent of Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, facilitating the #BioAsiaHealthcare Devthon participants to identify various challenges and opportunities in the Healthcare arena.

This included a strict understanding of Apollo’s employee training, public paging system, and patient prioritization.

Step 2:
The team moved on to get a deeper understanding of Emergency Care and the Intensive Care Unit. This included an introduction to the advanced ICU, called Advanced Critical Care Unit.

This was followed by a visit to the Apollo Cancer Hospitals section. Here, participants were provided an understanding of cancer treatments including chemotherapy and were advised on the best care for immune compromised patients.

Step 3:
The hospital tour was followed by a panel discussion, which ended up being an exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge.

Step 4:
Dr. Avinash Dal then introduced the participants to already existing technological innovations in the healthcare sector with a demo of the Chitra Valve, an indigenously made heart valve. Dr. Avinash also explained about robotic surgeries that are currently done.

The next phase of the immersion was at Kamineni Hospitals, where Surya Rao (Tech Business Incubator, BITS Hyd) andDr. Sumeet Roy (CEO, Kamineni Life Sciences) launched the proceedings.

Step 5:

After a tour of Kamineni Hospital, the participants interacted with several doctors including neuro-surgeons, radiologists, pulmonologists and diagnosticians.

The team discussed ideas and issues put forth by the healthcare professionals.

Challenges put forth by the medical team as part of the immersion phase:

  • Certain diagnostic facilities such as acid blood gas and continuous ECG are not available in the ambulance. So, there is a gap between what is needed and what has to be arranged for in the ER
  • There is no Indian-made device to detect Intra-cranial and intra-abdominal pressure in real time (though the technology for this is fairly simple)
  • A lot of time and bandwidth is wasted in registering patients & documenting details at the outpatient centers
  • A lot of time is wasted in documenting the process flow of vacutainers coming into the diagnostic center since it is manually done
  • The carbon dioxide concentration in blood and in exhaled air cannot be detected in real time, though it is important to know in several procedures

We thank Apollo Hospitals and Kamineni Life Sciences for their support to help participants understand the opportunities and challenges in healthcare delivery.

If you still haven’t registered please do so here: Register

Originally Posted on January 22, 2015

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