Guwahati: Global Shapers Guwahati organised a 1-day Davos Lab Dialogue on ‘Innovations in Technology for Strengthening Access to Equitable Healthcare in Post COVID-19 Assam’ on 20th March 2021. The Global Shapers Guwahati Hub is a part of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The Davos Lab Dialogue focused on the theme of healthcare and explored the role of innovations in technology to strengthen service delivery and equitable access. 

The discussion spanned across innovations in point-of-care diagnostics, early detection and management, technology that enables primary healthcare service delivery, human-centred technology that empowers frontline, and mechanisms for scaling up impact. Across these aspects, the emphasis on collaboration of the private and the public was highlighted for creating a transformative impact in healthcare that is accessible by the underserved in Assam.

The dialogue was graced by Dr. Ravi Kannan R, Director, Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and Padma Shri recipient 2020. Dr. Kannan emphasized the role of motivated youth in bringing about change in communities, and that healthcare facilities must be branded such that people feel comfortable in accessing them. 

Other speakers in the dialogue were Dr. Rajshree Bedamatta (IIT-Guwahati), Dr. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay (IIT-Guwahati), Hardeep Singh Bambrah (Piramal Swasthya), Rahul Chatterjee (iKure), Dr Purnananda Khaund (APPL), Dr Navaneetha Sasikumar (Cardiologist), Pomi Baruah (NHM), Rahul Sharma (NHM) and Dr Navanil Barua (GNRC). 

The broad consensus emerging from the dialogue was that technology has to be tapped in a culturally-conducive environment so that it becomes an enabled equitable access to the population. 

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