Staff Reporter –
As digital innovation and adaptability become increasingly important to create a digital healthcare ecosystem, NASSCOM FutureSkills® PRIMEhas collaborated with Apollo Hospitals to launch a Joint Technical Educational Platform. This unique collaboration will help in promoting multi-skilling and re-skilling along with enabling unlearning and re-learning to stay relevant, efficient, and productive. Upskilling through the technical education platform will lead to an “alternate” way of thinking thereby adding a high level of effectiveness to overall healthcare delivery. The collaboration with NASSCOM FutureSkills PRIME (www.futureskillsprime.in) takes learning to the next level with a single comprehensive destination for skilling that will cover the use of digital technology in healthcare management as well as its use to create effective healthcare delivery ecosystem across societies. Promoting a single comprehensive destination for skilling the collaboration will provide an innovative and flexible training approach by mapping the training to workers levels and career paths. Furthermore, it will help foster careers and motivate them to perform better. Speaking on the occasion, Amit Aggarwal, Chief Executive Officer · IT-ITES Sector Skill Council of India, NASSCOM, said, “With the advancement of conventional and disruptive technologies, the healthcare sector in India is transforming, characterized by new age skills such AI and data analytics to embrace technology for healthcare transformation. This platform in collaboration with NASSCOM FutureSkills and Apollo Hospitals is a step towards moving away from the traditional healthcare practices and advancing towards reskilling/upskilling and to build cross-skills between core healthcare and digital. The healthcare workforce needs to be ready and skilled in not just developments in conventional medical practices, but also in the digital revolution, which is rapidly taking place.” Speaking about the collaboration, Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “We see this partnership with NASSCOM FutureSkills Prime as an integral part of the digital transformation, which Apollo has championed over the last few years. A new era in healthcare beckons driven by the convergence of various technologies such as mobile phones, sensors, cloud computing, AI, ML, genomics and imaging. The healthcare workforce needs to be ready and skilled in not just the conventional medical practices, but also in the digital revolution, which is rapidly taking place. The upskilling through the technical education platform will lead to an “alternate” way of thinking and executing thereby adding a high level of effectiveness to overall healthcare delivery. The entire body of medical knowledge has begun to double every 73 days as compared with every 7 years in 1980 and every 50 years in 1950.  While use of this data can increase access to healthcare, one can only imagine the level of digital technology and skills required to make use of this vast repository of knowledge. This initiative will further our vision to create an ecosystem that drives learning, digital skilling and preparedness for the digital healthcare of the future, while helping to unleash the innovative thinking that is integral to digital technologies.” Over the last 3 decades, India has become a global leader in IT, with the largest tech talent pool of 4.47 million, 138,000 net new hires to add over USD 4Bn revenues despite the pandemic. To create the necessary talent pipeline even in the healthcare ecosystem, this Joint Technical Educational Platform will further NASSCOM and Apollo’s vision to create an ecosystem that drives learning, digital skilling and preparedness for the digital healthcare of the future, while helping to unleash the innovative thinking that is integral to digital technologies.Owing to the skill shortage, it can be observed that the coming two decades will see 90% of jobs requiring some level of digital proficiency. Hence, honing new age skill technologies including AI, ML, cloud, and data analytics can not only increase access to healthcare for all, but also help reduce the medical skill gap amongst doctors and other medical staff.