IIT Bombay has recently opened the first-of-its-kind Digital Health Center, aimed at developing the necessary infrastructure to support integrated digital healthcare in India. The Koita Center for Digital Health is linked with India's Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) and will focus on academic programs, healthcare research, and industry collaboration in the digital health sector.
The Center is expected to play a pivotal role in digital health and informatics, conducting research in healthcare applications, data management, analytics, AI/ML, consumer health and telemedicine, computational biology and bioinformatics, and population health and public health policy. It aims to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate the transformation of India's healthcare system through digital solutions.
IIT Bombay announced the establishment of the Koita Center for Digital Health (KCDH) in June 2021, focusing on driving academic programs, research, and industry collaboration in this area. The launch of this center will provide a new foundation for managing large healthcare data sets, using advanced technologies such as AI/ML in personalized medicine, and the importance of disease modelling for public health. Additionally, it will foster local innovation in digital health and national capacity building in digital health.
The Digital Health Center is a major step towards making digital health more accessible and popular in India, where most things are becoming increasingly digital. The Center will help develop the necessary backbone to support the integrated digital health infrastructure in the country, with a focus on promoting innovation and collaboration in the field. The Center's opening is expected to significantly impact the future of healthcare in India, paving the way for a more efficient and effective healthcare system in the digital age.