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Empowering ingenuity for improved healthcare

Empowering ingenuity for improved healthcare

By : Devmalya Sarkar

The HITLAB World Cup challenges entrepreneurs and innovators to submit breakthrough ideas for improving healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes through technology. It is a platform for young health innovators and will provide an to access the local innovation ecosystem. 

The burden of air pollution

The burden of air pollution

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Global air pollution-related healthcare costs are projected to increase from $21 billion (using constant 2010 dollar and PPP exchange rates) in 2015 to $176 billion in 2060. In India as well, the effects of air pollution are crippling economy and are putting our long-term well-being and productivity in serious jeopardy.

Collecting data, the Karnataka way

Collecting data, the Karnataka way

By : Jisha Krishnan

Karnataka has many firsts to its credit in data collection including that it is the first state in India to capture health data by computerising all records of the health departments – right from the primary healthcare centre to the state level. Yet the state faces innumerable problems to collect health data.

What Gets Measured Gets Done

What Gets Measured Gets Done

By : Oommen C. Kurian

In India, rates of infant mortality have been falling. The latest official data shows India’s Infant Mortality Rate has come down to 37. That is still high by international standards, but markedly better than the rate of 60 in 2003. Overcoming data challenges to track health and nutrition targets can help to save more babies.

Uncovering the rising kidney failure deaths

Uncovering the rising kidney failure deaths

By : Dr Vivekanand Jha

In India, deaths due to renal failure constituted 2.9% of all deaths in 2010–13 among 15–69-year-olds, an increase of 50% from 2001–03. Diabetes being the largest contributor to renal failure deaths. Data provide strong evidence of the rising contribution of kidney failure to premature deaths in India.

Data Tools for Healthcare reporting

Data Tools for Healthcare reporting

By : Surbhi Kaul

It is no secret that data tools can help journalists immensely in crafting stories from raw data. A good visualisation not only earns more readers but creates a lasting impact on readers's mind. Here are some hands-on tools which can help health journalists tell better stories through data visualisation.