IIT-Bombay Will Offer A New Healthcare Informatics Course This Year

IIT-Bombay Will Offer A New Healthcare Informatics Course This Year

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) will open a new course pertaining to healthcare informatics for interested students starting August 2021. 

This course will bring together aspects of mathematics, bioinformatics, statistics, AIML (artificial intelligence and machine learning), and medical science. IIMB said that it will be offered as an interdisciplinary dual degree programme and a minor programme. At its core, this course will look into the teaching and research on a variety of topics. 

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Among the subjects included in this programme will be clinical data management, healthcare standards and ethics, modelling, and data-efficient machine learning. The healthcare informatics market is valued at $125 billion globally, making this a lucrative field for aspirants. 

Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Chair Professor at the IIMB’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering said, “Improving healthcare is one of the biggest priority areas for all countries worldwide, including India. There are several dimensions to this: Increasing the number of healthcare professionals, enhancing infrastructure, improving the quality of healthcare services and, overall, advancing the science and engineering that underlie healthcare informatics.”

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“Today’s healthcare is not just about episodic symptoms, diagnoses and medications. It also involves progression tracking, individualisation, patient management, efficient and cost-effective health services, optimal usage of health resources, among others,” IITB Director, Subhasis Chaudhuri said.

“On top of that, one should also consider national disease database creation, health analytics and decision support systems. All these require an intensive and interdisciplinary training of manpower that can help in better management of tomorrow’s healthcare system in India. With the limited healthcare resources we currently have, we think this initiative has the opportunity to make a good social impact,” Chaudhuri added.

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