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Centre for Brain Research Inaugurated in India

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a centre at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) focussing on brain research. This Centre for Brain Research (CBR) will provide evidence-based public health interventions to manage age-related brain disorders. The CBR will carry out vital research to explore appropriate, evidence-based public health interventions to delay the onset of dementia and slow down its progress.

An 800 bedded multispeciality hospital will be developed on the campus of IISc Bengaluru to help integrate science, engineering and medicine at the prestigious institute. It will provide a major push to clinical research in the country and will work toward finding innovative solutions that will help in the improvement of healthcare services in the country. The facility will have advanced facilities for diagnostics, treatment and research. The clinical and surgical departments in the hospital will facilitate comprehensive treatment and healthcare delivery in several specialities

The IISc is a flagship institute in India for cutting-edge research and education, with a dual focus on science and engineering. Keeping with global patterns that combine science, engineering and medicine, IISc plans to establish a Postgraduate Medical School along with a multi-speciality hospital at its Bengaluru campus.

As technology plays an increasingly vital role in patient outcomes, the facility will deploy advanced digital technologies and solutions, such as integrated Electronic Medical Record systems and a comprehensive telemedicine suite with haptics interfaces.

The academic centrepiece of this initiative will be an integrated dual degree MD-PhD programme aimed at creating a new breed of physician-scientists, who will pursue careers in clinical research to develop new treatments and healthcare solutions, driven by a bench-to-bedside philosophy.

The key enabler of this endeavour would be the not-for-profit, 800-bed multi-speciality hospital, catering to the clinical training and research activities of the academic programme. Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Science was hopeful that the partnership creates a new template for institution building in India, particularly in medical research.

As in many countries across the world, India’s healthcare system, too, has many inequalities in distribution, lacks proper infrastructure and has a dearth of trained clinicians. However, with more than a billion citizens extensively connected to the internet connection and widespread use of smartphones offers distinctive advantages and prospects for innovation of sustainable and scalable healthcare technologies.

Before the pandemic and now driven by it, AI, ML and a plethora of related innovative tech solutions and platforms are driving strong growth and investments both by the public and private sectors.

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) aims to develop the backbone necessary to support the integrated digital health infrastructure of the country. It will bridge the existing gap amongst different stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem through digital highways.

As reported by OpenGov Asia, the National Health Authority (NHA) under its flagship scheme of Ayushman Bharat has launched a public dashboard for real-time information on the scheme, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

More recently, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has launched an application under the Baal Swaraj portal to help rehabilitate children in street situations (CiSS). Baal Swaraj enables the real-time online tracking and monitoring of children in need of care and protection.

According to a press release, the portal is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India. The CiSS application will be used to receive and log CiSS data from every state and union territory in the country. It will track a child’s rescue and rehabilitation process.

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