“Imagining Sustainable Futures”
S:Sustainable Design and Healthcare
M:Managing Change in Disruptive Times
A: Analytics, Mobility, and the Cloud
R: Rurban Challenges and Opportunities
T: Technology and Innovation, and Well-Being
Smart and innovative systems are critical for driving transformative change in all fields. They provide the institutional framework for organizations to synergize the relationship between the demand and supply sides. As the world hurtles towards an uncertain if exciting future, the growing integration of services will provide professionals in healthcare, pharmaceutical companies, and the rural development sector to better address the needs of multiple stakeholders. It is critical that as we look ahead, we are able to “Imagine Sustainable Futures” by designing Sustainable Health Systems, Managing Change in Disruptive Times, adopting Analytics, Mobility, and the Cloud, and resolve Rurban Challenges, by using Technology and Innovation! Through SMART innovations, we can transform the world in wonderful ways.
This year’s edition of Pradanya, IIHMR’s annual conference will provide a platform for deliberation on these critical issues.
Sustainable Design and Healthcare
Sustainable Design is a robust concept that has proven its worth across a range of different industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, agriculture and has shaped important policy initiatives. Now the trend has expanded to the sustainable design, to develop a design for the healthcare and development sectors which will keep them innovative in the long run. Issues of sustainability touch social, economic, technological, and ethical dimensions. Encouraging a paradigm shift that requires all forms of above the mentioned industries to be bound by principles of sustainability is one of the surest means of providing a better future for the generations to come.
Managing Change in Disruptive Times
The world faces unprecedented global challenges caused by the parallel emergence of multiple disruptive forces. Rapid advances in genomics, computational sciences and technologies are changing the fundamental values. These disruptive changes are putting an unprecedented strain on already fragile systems in all sectors. Indeed, it could be argued that the healthcare establishment has been slow to adapt, and now faces rising healthcare costs and lags in outcome improvement and genomically informed interventions.
There is pressing need to Manage Disruptive Change, and this theme codifies how any service provider utilizes a public-private partnership with community systems (in large corporations, hospitals, NGOs, the government, etc.) to navigate the change needed to increase access to high-quality services in all areas, and to support research initiatives. In the medical domain, for instance, the treatment of complex diseases requires a delivery system capable of translating scientific advances into care that is coordinated across the full continuum. And in rural finance, the challenges of digitization are forcing the banking sector to adjust. These kinds of changes require new management paradigms to emerge.
Analytics, Mobility and The Cloud
As a developing country, India is undertaking significant initiatives to encourage the use of analytics across all sectors and industries. In healthcare, trends suggests that the country has lagged behind in the adoption of analytics and utilization of data. Government bodies and policy makers are gradually acknowledging the potential of analytics proposes in all areas. This is especially true for clinical, financial and operational systems. Cloud computing in combination with mobility and analytics can change the game in the healthcare industry. It not only creates agility but also reduces cost while generating high speed. This ensures seamless, personalized services (in healthcare, finance, sales, etc.) anywhere in the world, through ubiquitous data and secure data sharing. The potential transformations from the use of analytics and cloud computing are staggering, and require a systematic, and analytically rigorous response.
Rurban Challenges and Opportunities
Recent population projections reveal that India will be 50% urban by 2031. This means that migration and the development of smart cities is likely to happen. The question is: Do we really need that? India is a huge country and requires an abundance if funds for making a city smart and at the same time we have other issues like malnutrition, poverty, illiteracy, employment and health problems. We should emphasize more on creating smart people instead of smart cities, making people aware of what is happening in and around the world. Creating a strong base for such needs would itself resolve majority of problems relate with it in places like suburbs, rural-urban fringe and core rural areas. The opportunity lies in the growing reach of the government as well as the private organisations in our country which can immensely support the development of rural areas, also generating more and more awareness so that smart people can contribute to development and further evolve as smart “people” who can either choose to live in “smart” cities, or live in rural areas while developing strong “ruraban” linkages through a “rural-urban continuum.”
Technology, Innovation and Wellbeing
Technology paves the path for research today, which focuses on value creation of platforms and two-sided markets; development and execution of innovative strategies; development of new markets through the creation of disruptive innovations. In the healthcare sector, everything from new artificial hearts to electronic aspirin are slowly but surely becoming more effective and cost-effective for patients looking for care. Inventions have reached to Microchips Modelling Clinical Trials, Wearable Technology like Google Glass, 3D Printed Biological Materials, Hybrid Operating Rooms, Digestible Sensors etc. Rising costs associated with ageing populations in western nations, mental health issues, and the increase in non-communicable diseases loom on the horizon. Innovations in education, data-sharing systems, technological innovations like artificial intelligence and virtual assistance, increase in patient knowledge and empowerment can shift healthcare to consumer centric perspective in upcoming era.
Pharma industries are shifting gears and boosting their efficiency by using innovative solutions and automation is driving the future of this industry that helps to accelerate discovery, enhance productivity and enable regulatory compliance. Similarly, a wide range of software and cloud solutions are designed to allow rural entrepreneurs and innovators to analyse, share and discover unique insights to solve the problems of the rural poor.
To understand how to arrive at successful business models for open collaborative innovation is to foster rural and regional development through vertical and horizontal networks. Wellbeing in the workplace means more than physical health initiatives. A comprehensive approach needs to address social, physical and psychological wellbeing at work.