Dr Nishita Rai,,executive director, HITLAB, New York.
Q: What is the purpose behind organizing such an event in India and especially at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi?
Our purpose in organizing the HITLAB Innovators Summit India and the HITLAB World Cup India is to accelerate the diffusion of transformational digital health innovations.
HITLAB has worked for over 15 years to identify elements that are critical to the development, production, approval, distribution, and implementation of public health and medical advancements. The Summit and World Cup held in New Delhi offered an important platform to launch these ideas for the benefit of India and indeed the world.
One of the most critical elements that HITLAB has found in its research is the element of collaboration. The HITLAB Innovators Summit India provides a thoughtfully designed space for those interested in changing the way healthcare is delivered and received, enabling participants to congregate, collaborate, and partner to address Indian healthcare challenges. The HITLAB World Cup India serves as a natural extension of the Summit, providing innovators with a stage to showcase their digital health innovations and obtain feedback from experts in the room. Our goal throughout this event was to emphasize the value of collaboration, which seems amiss in the current collection of meetings involving digital health.
We chose to have this Summit at IIT Delhi to emphasize the importance of higher education institutions as one of the cornerstones of global innovation.