Acknowledging the Transformative Role of IT in Healthcare in India
Hyderabad, April 22, 2011: National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in collaboration with KPMG today announced the winners of the first Healthcare IT Awards 2011 which were presented at Hyderabad today. The awards are aimed at giving centre stage to various initiatives and projects that have successfully demonstrated the growing role of technology in transforming healthcare service delivery in India.
The awards were given out by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh – Mr. Kiran Reddy and NASSCOM Chairman – Mr. Harsh Manglik across diverse categories that showcase use of technology in healthcare for cost reduction and transformation, technology solutions for healthcare inclusion and most innovative use of technology in a government hospital. The winners were selected after a rigorous screening by an esteemed panel of judges from amongst fifty plus entries received across India.
Commenting at the occasion, Ms. Sangeeta Gupta, Senior VP, NASSCOM said, “The first edition of the Healthcare IT Awards 2011 has demonstrated the immense potential of IT in making enhanced and affordable healthcare solutions accessible to all. The role of technology today is no longer restricted to driving the economic growth of the country, but is evolving to ensure that every citizen becomes a beneficiary of this burgeoning growth. ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare have the ability to transform India and drive inclusive growth which is an imperative for the IT-BPO industry over the next decade. Our heartiest congratulations to all the winners of this year and we look forward to see many more such innovations in the healthcare industry getting unfurled at this platform every year.”
IT is increasingly penetrating the healthcare service delivery in India driven by the need to reduce costs, efficiency imperatives, interoperability of existing fragmented hospital systems and increased health awareness amongst citizens. The Healthcare IT segment, though small, registered a high growth rate of 6.6 per cent in 2010 and was one of the major growth drivers. The segment is expected to see an uptake in the coming years as governments across the world take to technology to improve the quality of service delivery for citizens.
Best Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Solution – Sankara Nethralaya – Tata Consultancy Services. The Ophthalmic EMR solution centrally supports multiple eye care centers and has enabled paperless patient care within Sankara Nethralaya, ensuring easy retrieval and storage of medical records, while reducing costs substantially.