The School of Medical Sciences and School of Management Studies (SMS) at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) hosted an interactive panel discussion on “Health Care in Digital Era”, in association with the Hyderabad Management Association (HMA) on Tuesday, 4th October 2016. The eminent people in the field of Medicine were paneled in the discussion, among them Dr. Praveen K Vadavalli (LV Prasad Eye Hospital), Dr. Dattatreya (Omega Hospitals), Dr. Gopal Krishna (Advisor to Telangana Government on Arogya Sree). University of Hyderabad Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Appa Rao Podile inaugurated the discussion in the evening.


In his address Prof. Appa Rao said, “It’s a rare opportunity to have the School of Medical Sciences at University of Hyderabad which is headed by a medical doctor. Keeping with the advances in digital era, our university also has the strongest department of Computer science and is offering a very strong Master of Computer Applications (MCA) program. Our professors in computer applications are experts in data analysis. We closely collaborate with CR Rao Mathematics and Statistics Institute which deals with analysing the data”. He added that though the University of Hyderabad was placed 4th in the national level rankings, it should technically be in second position as the other two are not universities.


Dr. Vadavalli from LVPEI highlighted how the Digital Era gives better service to the patients, doctors and to the Institutions. Doctors can monitor any patient’s case sheet in a given time. It is possible to hold the records permanently, although sometimes data is lost in case of hardware failure, opined panelist. He also highlighted the importance of simulation in medical education and the advances made in creating such models using the help of IT industry. Dr. Dattatreya shared the advances made in the field of Medical oncology specially related to preventive oncology and screening, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and personalized medicine. Dr. Gopal Krishna highlighted the special schemed of Aryogyasri Trust which was initiated by as a unique program to serve the people from below poverty line who could otherwise have not had access to state of art medical care/ He placed on record the great contribution of IT industry which made it possible to execute every function of this Trust online in a totally paper free office- right from emplanement, review by panel doctors, monitoring, surveillance and grievance addressal mechanism. The discussions thru question and answer session were very educative and while noting the progress, the panelists as well as the participants noted the problems like corruption, access to all, and malpractices of few doctors and institutions which need to be addressed urgently.

Mr Ravi Peesapati, Secretary HMA proposed the vote of thanks and the meeting was attended by more than 150 members including students, HMA members and faculty.

by Karteek,
Department of Communication