On 16th July 2021, SourceFuse hosted its live Round Table for Healthcare Leaders event, in association with CIOs of India. This event brought together enterprise tech leaders to consider the “Way Forward for Digital Healthcare”. With two keynote speakers, interactive polling, and QnA discussions, it was a thought-provoking and lively event. Following the introduction from Dr. Kamal Karnatak, President, CIOs of India, and Gautam Ghai, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, SourceFuse, we handed over to our keynote speakers.

Keynote 1: Vaishali Kasture, Head – Enterprise, Mid-Market & Global Businesses – India & South Asia, AWS

“Eight Predictions on How Technology will Continue to Change Our Lives in the Coming Year”

Vaishali shared what both she and AWS believe are the main technology trends that will play a key role in 2021 digital transformation and beyond. She re-emphasised how 2020 and the pandemic onset changed businesses like never before – some because they wanted to, some because they were forced to. But rather than slowing us down, digital transformation has actually helped us survive across many sectors, for example, education, telehealth, work-from-home, entertainment, shopping, etc. 2021 has become the launchpad for various long-lasting changes. Vaishali then shared the eight predictions:

  1. Cloud will be everywhere
  2. The internet of machine learning
  3. In 2021, pictures, video and audio will speak more than words
  4. Technology will transform our physical worlds as much as our digital worlds
  5. Remote learning earns its place in education
  6. Small businesses will race to the cloud
  7. Quantum computing starts to bloom
  8. Space: the final frontier 

Specific to digital healthcare, the proliferation of wearable technology in early-2020, to track and monitor our health online, was also discussed. With a prediction of seven billion devices connected within the next two years, the ability to analyze data and study trends, especially with vaccine efficacy, provides the opportunity to make predictions and accelerate research. The rapid rise in use of telehealth was also discussed, and how machine learning and AI is now able to evaluate photos or images, supporting online diagnoses and consultations. While very necessary to prevent hospital bottlenecks during the pandemic, this technology is now likely to stay. And in future, there should be a real drive to use 5G for medical purposes first and foremost, before entertainment purposes.

Product Demonstration: Vidur Ahluwalia, Sr Manager – Strategic Initiatives, SourceFuse

Vidur gave everyone a sneak peek at a range of SourceFuse products that have been specifically designed for the digital transformation in the healthcare sector. And, with some shared use cases, these are proving to be bang on trend:

  • SF Medic – AI-enabled, HIPAA compliant telehealth solution; perfect for doctors on the move, or for patients that require automated translation or live in remote or 2G areas
    Learn more about SF Medic
  • helloMD.online – Secure, easy and hassle-free online video consultations, enabling customized telehealth solutions for better remote healthcare
    Learn more about helloMD.online
  • FlixMD – OTT platform for HCPs hosted on AWS, empowering HCPs with online education videos from leading medical institutions
    Learn more about FlixMD

Keynote 2: Girish Khera, Co-Founder & COO, Scientific Animations

Girish talked about the theoretical aspects of ‘disruption’, how we might see it creeping into the healthcare space, and how it may already be impacting the healthcare industry. He started by defining ‘disruption’, a tangible game-changer, as opposed to ‘innovation’ (i.e., making a product faster, better, more convenient). As an example, a medical innovation might mean the patient spends fewer nights in hospital, whereas a disruption prevents the patient going to hospital at all.

Almost all industries and enterprises are subject to disruption, and Girish’s key takeaway is that healthcare will be disrupted at least as much, but probably more so. The healthcare model is different to other enterprise models, because disruption can come via indirect routes, and often when it’s too late. Therefore, those in the healthcare industry need to find ways to fend off or pre-empt any disruption. Healthcare is an extremely fast-growing market, and traditional services must find ways to stay ahead of consumerism and non-traditional entrants, for example, Amazon’s lateral move into healthcare in the US.

Girish shared some great insights into the role of tech in disruption – not at the heart, but definitely in the guts. Tech doesn’t cause the disruption, but is almost always required to enable it to happen. For example, moving from treatment to prevention, with a data-predictive approach and individual responsibility.

Read our blog: A Data-Driven Future: What’s coming for us?

To get a detailed report about the event, click on the link below.

SourceFuse is committed to bringing together industry leaders, to share experiences and expertise, engage in conversation, and together explore the future of the 21st century digital environment. For details on our next Leaders Round Table event, connect with us today!