IIT Kharagpur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are venturing opportunities for “unique joint initiatives” in academics and research, which includes a super-specialty hospital. Senior professors of both the institutes are in discussion to take the enterprise forward.
Professor P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur said, “IIT Kharagpur and AIIMS are planning some unique joint initiatives in academics and research that will open new directions in education and take technology-enabled healthcare directly to the people at large.”
Prof Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS Delhi, said the medical domain is becoming progressively technology intensive, which puts the matter of IIT Kharagpur providing medical and allied education in perspective.
Modelling, simulation, and analytics will be essential tools for medical intervention in the years to come, he said.
IIT Kharagpur and AIIMS would also work towards encouraging more medical practitioners in the research domain. The collaborative initiatives would foster cross-migration of medical professionals to the research domain, and engineering researchers to work on outstanding clinical problems, according to professors of the two institutions.
Patient load on super-speciality hospitals like AIIMS may need to be more decentralised through technology-driven primary healthcare initiatives, they said.
The super-speciality hospital at IIT Kharagpur is likely to be operational by the end of 2018, and AIIMS will also work in data processing, analytics and management of medical data as well as digitized medical consultation, human resource support and advisory role in procurements.