Hacking for India’s Healthcare: leveraging innovation for global health at Saveetha Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
The majority of patients who seek medical care at Saveetha medical college and hospital are poor and underprivileged, requiring healthcare and assistance. The team at Saveetha is always keen to incubate local innovations that would offer affordable and state of the art health care to serve their most marginalized patients. The opportunities for healthcare innovation are huge in a world where digital tools are giving rise to new health platforms that are increasingly useful to surgeons, community healthcare workers and patients. India is on its way to a future of healthcare that is more predictive, preventive and personalized driven by innovation in healthcare.
SIMATS aims to achieve this goal through the launch of its own innovation body, SEED- Saveetha Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Department. SEED is a healthcare incubation initiative that will translate home grown ideas into practical solutions. The members of SEED hope to make it a major hub for healthcare innovation.
In a Hackathon, a group of students focus on a central challenge and work on to develop an innovative yet feasible and cost effective solutions in a limited space of time. Global surgery innovation hackathons can be transformational in generating powerful discussions, facilitating knowledge exchange, and nurturing multi-disciplinary partnerships, as well as connecting students, trainees, and faculty many disciplines to join forces to tackle local and important healthcare challenges.
The goal of the innovation workshop is the nurture successful, indigenous technologies for solving successful, local technologies for solving surgery and healthcare-related problem facing millions of low-resource patients across South India. The innovation workshop will bring together students from engineering, medical, and management colleges of this institute. The innovation workshop will expose students to global surgery and healthcare, concepts in innovation and empower them with knowledge in technology and design to create impactful an scalable surgical care delivery solutions.
The theme of Saveetha Surgical Innovation Hackathon 2019 was “Hacking for Health” and was held from 11-12 March 2019 at the MM Convention Centre and Saveetha Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, India. The event was held in collaboration with the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Boston Children’s Hospital and Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Science. The event attracted over 1200 delegates with speakers that were both local and international experts in global surgery.
The Medical Director, SMCH, Dr Saveetha Rajesh was instrumental in materializing the idea of the Hackathon. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr.N.M.Veeraiyan, Founder and Chancellor of SIMATS. The guest of honor was Dr Professor Paul Salins, the Medical Director and Vice-President of the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre and Narayana Health Multi-specialty Hospital, one of the biggest cancer center projects in the world. He is also the Chairman of "INCITE" International Centre for Innovation, Technology transfer and Entrepreneurship which is India's first health care related Technology Business Incubator (TBI) funded by the Governments Department of Science and Technology. Dr Paul Salins recognized the importance of student enthusiasm and further ensured the sustainability of the initiative by launching SEED: the “Saveetha Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Department”, a healthcare entrepreneurship initiative. The faculty team from Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) contributed immensely in the successful planning and conduct of the Hackathon.
BUDDING LAWYERS OF SAVEETHA LAW SCHOOL GOT A LESSON ON “HOW TO PROTECT PERSONAL SENSITIVE DATA ON GADGETS”
Are you suffering from Nomophobia? Wondering what it is? It’s an irrational fear of “my phone is not with me syndrome, a new form of disorder among the youth. People especially youngsters are so hooked up to their mobile phones for playing games, watching movies, videos etc. Be aware of the cell phone you are carrying in your pocket, don’t keep nude pictures or pornographic content or pirated videos in the phone.
These tips were given by Mumbai based lawyer and cyber expert Adv. Prashant Mali who had conducted an awareness programme on “Cyber Security and Cyber crimes via Real life cases, precautions and remedies“ at Saveetha School of Law, SIMATS, Chennai on Saturday (2nd march, 2019). The session was organised for law students and academicians of Saveetha School of law and nearby colleges. Around 100 attendees from Chennai, Kerala and Madurai participated in the event. Mr. Mali visited city as part of his #cybervoayage campaign to raise awareness about cyber crimes.
Mr. Mali interacted with the students and explained to them various form of cyber offences which youngsters are prone to commit either knowingly or just for fun. He cited real life cases of revenge porn and highlighted the importance of a “break up ceremony” where the estranged couple should meet and delete all the personal sensitive information from each others devices.
Mr.Mali’s session was followed by an interactive session by Mr. Sriram, founder of Primefort Solutions pvt. Ltd. He is a professional ethical hacker, and he explained to the students about, what is hacking and shared tips for not getting hacked. He explained about the the recent attacks in the cyber world like ransomware, Momo and blue whale.
The noon session was carried out by Mr. Karthikeyan, advocate specialised on cyber security, he explained about the scope of the cyber security and the difficulties in it. He deliberated about the international legal perspectives and explained the real commercial game behind the smartphone applications and their agreement with the consumers.
Saveetha Engineering Industries-Industry within the Institute Campus
Saveetha School of Engineering, in a pioneering move has established “Saveetha Engineering Industries” (SEI) – An industry within the institute campus. This is an added feather in the cap of SIMATS, besides the industry relevant curriculum specially designed for Saveetha students by injecting experts from industries in Board of studies.
SEI with its unique facility is a keystone in promoting entrepreneurship among the students as it creates a platform to have hands-on experience in applied engineering solutions thereby easing the student to engineer transition. Students will have an opportunity to “earn while they learn”. Students will secure Internship though Industry Institute Interaction cell (IIIC) exclusively for this purpose and Full time work opportunity in SEI as well as in allied industries. Training and certification programs are also underway. Manifold benefits of having an industry within the campus also include proactive identification and resolution of skill-gap in the industry, forecasting skill requirements and articulating key business plans that can be addressed by technology.
This facility which is first of its kind in India, commenced in August 2018 at the august hands on Mr. Ponnuswami, chairman, CII, Tamil Nadu and MD of Pon Pure Chemicals and is a house to equipment of over one crore rupees (Rs. 1 Cr). At the outset, SEI houses two world class CNC machines, a Production Planning & Control Centre and Quality Testing & Assurance Centre. Also, above centers will be a home for two more machines erected and operated by Precision Machine and Auto Components (P) Ltd. Focus of SEI is to increase the number of industrial partners spread over several branches. SEI will have a huge impact on the proliferation of engineering knowledge and the quality of engineers produced by the institution.
Benefits of bringing industry into an institute campus, in inexhaustible. Firstly, it is analogous to having a hospital attached to a medical college. Dr. N. M. Veeraiyan, Honorable Chancellor of SIMATS has opined that in order for a medical student to become a doctor, a hospital experience is mandatory while he is in the medical college. Similar experience has to be extended to the engineering graduates.
Academia and industry are two important pillars of our economy. A robust collaboration between the two will augur well for our developing economy, enabling innovation, growth in the education system and producing an employment-ready workforce. SEI is a step in that direction.