IIT Kharagpur’s Healthcare Ecosystem
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The superspecialty hospital of IIT Kharagpur, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, is expected to start the outdoor patient department by the end of this year. The indoor facilities in the first phase with 400 beds are scheduled to start next year.
In a recent interaction with Officiating Director Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, he confirmed that once the hospital is operational, the MBBS programme will be rolled out for 50 students in phase I. The course curriculum will be as per MCI guidelines.
Phase II Development
There is a further plan to extend the number of seats to 100 with the scaling up of the hospital to 750-bed in phase II. Postgraduate degrees will be introduced eventually. Health care data sciences and data analytics would also be among the primary thrust areas as IIT Kharagpur ventures deeper into medical research.
While the MBBS and postgraduate degrees along with the academic affairs will be managed by IIT Kharagpur, the day-to-day hospital management will be run by the special purpose vehicle floated under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. The hospital’s board of directors will be headed by the IIT Kharagpur director and will include senior IIT faculty.
A key initiative of the hospital would be to cater to the huge community who are currently away from the reach of superspecialty healthcare services either due to distance or affordability.
The hospital will be run on a cross-subsidy model in a not-for-profit mode. While 10% of the beds would be free, 65% of the beds would be charged as per the rates in the central and state health insurance schemes ~ said Prof. Bhattacharyya.
Anticipating a heavy influx of patients, the Institute has decided to set up mobile healthcare units to cater to the healthcare needs in the immediate neighbourhood.
Basic diagnostics and treatment will be done by these mobile units, which will reduce the patient load in the hospital ~ said Dr Satadal Saha, project director and visiting faculty at IIT Kharagpur.
The Healthcare Ecosystem
Health ecosystem and not just a hospital, as Prof. Saha calls Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, it will cover the entire spectrum of tertiary healthcare, high-quality medical education (undergraduate and postgraduate), allied health education (nurses, allied health professionals), inter- and multi-disciplinary research that brings all three stakeholders – doctors, engineers and patents –together; rural primary care and public healthcare, technology innovations that work in the resource-constrained environment of extreme-point-of-care, and a sustainable model that holds the entire elements together in a synergistic manner.
The Institute has already formed collaborations with All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, Tata Medical Center, South Eastern Railway Hospital. The Institute has also set up a Common Research & Technology Development Hub supported by DSIR to promote healthcare technology innovation and supporting manufacturing by MSMEs.
What are the faculty members saying?
I am very excited to know that the hospital is being set up next to IIT Kharagpur campus with a key focus on education and research which will help us a great deal to attain our goals. Without any active collaboration between clinicians and scientists, we will never reach the higher goal of serving our society by alleviating the disease burden ~ said Prof. Ritobrata Goswami, Assistant Professor, School of Bioscience at IIT Kharagpur.
This will lead to the development of better therapeutics and possible early detection devices that will be affordable to all. Such collaboration will fetch competitive research grants and will potentially lead to high-quality research publications and patent applications. This will definitely fulfill the aspirations of a lot of faculty members like me on the campus.