Nasscom Moots Healthcare Delivery System Through IT
By Express News Service | Published: 08th February 2014 10:32 AM |
Software industry body Nasscom is mooting a collaborative health-care delivery system that would provide affordable health care to the rural population using IT infrastructure, Krishnakumar Natarajan, chairman, Nasscom, said on Friday.
He predicted that Internet and mobile phones would revolutionise the health care system in the country.
Krishnakumar Natarajan was speaking at the valedictory function of the 33rd Annual National Management Convention of the Kerala Management Association here.
“Nasscom envisages to convert the IT industry in the country to $300 billion by 2020 from $100 billion now and to create 10,000 startups in the country in five years.
“As an industry body, Nasscom is committed to fill up the divide between the metro and rural population, while providing health-care services in the country. Though the IT industry in the country is $100 billion in size, it is concentrated in seven to eight locations. We are making all efforts to make it more inclusive by expanding the IT industry to at least 500 centres in the country by 2020. Last year, Nasscom started the ambitious project of developing 10,000 startups in five years.
“The response to this initiative has been spectacular for the past six months and we believe that it will provide the fundamental ecosystem for the development of IT sector in the country,” he said.
He pointed out that the industry creates 30 lakh jobs every year and every job creates three indirect jobs.
“Women form about 30 per cent of the workforce in IT. If we want to become a $300 billion industry by 2020, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship is the key,” he added.
V A Joseph, CEO and MD, South Indian Bank; V K Mathews, executive chairman, IBS Group of Companies; Rajesh Nair, associate director, Ernst and Young; S Rajmohan Nair, KMA president; P Premchand and Vivek Krishna Govind also spoke at the event.