Swasthya Slate device inventor Kanav Kahol to headline HITWA in Perth

The software engineer who invented the Swasthya Slate mobile device, which can perform 33 diagnostic tests in the field through an Android tablet or phone, will appear live by video conference at the annual Health Informatics Technology WA (HITWA) conference being held in Perth on November 4.

Kanav Kahol graduated with a PhD from the Arizona State University, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and an assistant professor adjunct at the Mayo Clinic, before being appointed to head the Affordable Health Technologies Division for the Public Health Foundation of India.

His Swasthya Slate device allows frontline health workers, particularly in rural areas, to do multiple tests, upload them and use decision support to offer care. The device is being used by the National Rural Health Mission for deployment in six districts in Jammu and Kashmir, covering 2.5 million people.

“Our research and interactions with rural doctors and healthcare practitioners showed that the real power of mobile-based health (mHealth) lies in point of care diagnostics,” Dr Kahol said.

“It is not hard to see the power of your phone or tablet being able to do ECG, measure your heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, know the status of a pregnant mother, help in monitoring mothers during birth and knowing whether a patient has malaria or dengue.”

WA Health director-general David Russell-Weisz will give the opening address for the conference, which will also feature opposition health spokesman Roger Cook.

Sessions include one on telehealth with the CSIRO's Yogi Kanagasingam, one on biobanks and clinical registries with Matthew Bellgard and Kathryn Napier from Murdoch University's Centre for Comparative Genomics, and one on health entrepreneurship and innovation.

The latter will also feature a Q&A panel facilitated by Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) CEO Louise Schaper and featuring Martin Seneviratne from Prince Alfred Hospital, Marcus Tan from HealthEngine, Steve Webb from Royal Perth Hospital and Kath Giles from Brandon Capital Partners.

Fiona Stanley Hospital medical co-director Simon Towler, Royal Perth Hopsital senior staff specialist Steve Webb and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network senior project manager Stephen Kalyniuk will headline the mid-morning session, discussing how innovation has affected patient care, clinical trials and big data, and medication management at a kids' hospital.

HITWA 2016 is being held at the Perth Convention Centre on November 4. See the HISA website for more information.

Posted in Australian eHealth


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