The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, introduced path-breaking solutions at the CAMTech Diabetes Innovation Hack-a-thon recently at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad. The event brought together over 200 participants, industry mentors and organisers to develop innovative and affordable health technologies that can improve the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes in India.
The CAMTech Diabetes Innovation Hack-a-thon was organised in partnership with Lattice Innovations and with support from Marico Innovation Foundation (MIF), Terumo and Medtronic. “Lifestyle modification works, but how do we translate this into a community activity, where 72 per cent of India’s population lives in rural areas but [most] qualified consultants practice in urban areas?” asked Dr Nadimity Ganapathi Sastry, Director, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialty Centre.
“There is a lack of awareness. There is an urgent need to implement the ‘5 A Test’ that will make diabetes care in rural India available, Accessible, Affordable, Appropriate and Acceptable.”