Ms Elizabeth Bailey, director, CAMTech
Committed to the concept of ‘Make in India' and sourcing local health innovation, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, introduced path-breaking solutions at the CAMTech Diabetes Innovation Hack-a-thon on October 10-11, 2015, at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad.
The event brought together over 200 participants, industry mentors and organizers to develop innovative and affordable health technologies that can improve the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes in India.
The event included keynote speeches from distinguished leaders from the Indian healthcare industry, who challenged participants to focus on specific, diabetes-related problems, such as access to care, affordable treatment and a lack of awareness and education about diabetes.
"Lifestyle modification works, but how do we translate this into a community activity, where 72% of India's population lives in rural areas but [most] qualified consultants practice in urban areas?" asked Dr Nadimity Ganapathi Sastry, director, Dr Mohan's Diabetes Specialty Centre. "There is a lack of awareness and there are problems with access to specialized diabetes care facilities. There is an urgent need to implement the ‘5 A Test' that will make diabetes care in rural India Available, Accessible, Affordable, Appropriate and Acceptable."
From early screening and detection tools to gamification aimed at compliance to novel insulin delivery mechanisms, this year's event saw a total of 40 innovations developed over the weekend.