~ Awards recognise Karkinos Healthcare’s pioneering excellence in Digital Health Records integration with Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA)
Bangalore, September 26, 2023: Karkinos Healthcare, a purpose-driven technology-led oncology platform focused on delivering quality healthcare, has been recognized by the National Health Authority (NHA) for its exceptional contribution to the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). Three healthcare facilities that are part of Karkinos Healthcare’s Distributed Cancer Care Network (DCCN) were recognized for their exceptional work in linking health records with Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA), taking the top three awards in the category. The awards were presented by Hon’ble Prof. S.P. Singh Baghel, Minister of State, Department of Health & Family Welfare at Arogya Manthan 2023, a grand ceremony held to mark two significant milestones – the 5th Anniversary of AB-PMJAY and the 2nd Anniversary of ABDM.
Karkinos Manipur Cancer Care and Research Institute, Imphal was honoured with the award for first place in the Private Facility category as the “Top Private Facility in Linking Health Records with ABHA”. The Institute linked the highest number of Digital Health Records with ABHA for the period October 2022 to September 2023. It also achieved the first rank in the Private Facility category for receiving the highest amount under the Digital Health Incentive Scheme during the same period.
Medella Karkinos Oncology Institute, Barakpur was awarded the second rank in the Private Facility category as the “Top Private Facility in Linking Health Records with ABHA” for their achievement in linking the second-highest number of Digital Health Records with ABHA during the period October 2022 to September 2023, while Sree Sudheendra Medical Mission, Ernakulam received the award for being ranked third in the Private Facility category as the “Top Private Facility by Incentive under Digital Health Incentive Scheme” during this period. Notably, Sree Sudheendra Medical Mission also leverages the Karkinos-enabled ABDM technology to link health records.
Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Karkinos Healthcare expressed, “We are humbled by this recognition from the government that acknowledges our commitment to leveraging technology for advancing patient care and health record management, which has always been at the forefront of our endeavours. This validation from the National Health Authority strengthens our resolve to take forward our endeavours and advance the Distributed Cancer Care Network to meet the national challenge of cancer. It underscores the profound impact of digital transformation in enhancing healthcare effectiveness.”
India grapples with one of the highest annual new cancer cases in the world with one in nine people likely to develop cancer in their lifetime. With over 14 lakh new cases of cancer every year, the incidence of cancer is on the rise. GLOBOCAN has predicted that cancer cases in India will rise 57.5% by 2040 from 2020. It is here that the Distributed Cancer Care Network (DCCN) developed by Karkinos Healthcare is a beacon of hope, tackling India’s overwhelming cancer challenge head-on. The model takes a multi-tiered approach to bridge the cancer care gap with the creation of a widespread network of cancer care centres ranging from multi-speciality hospitals without dedicated oncology services to apex hospitals, which provide all-encompassing cancer care and are deeply involved in cutting-edge cancer research.
Karkinos Healthcare has been at the forefront of the initiative in digitising records and linking them to the ABDM. The Distributed Cancer Care Network (DCCN) platform developed by Karkinos Healthcare is a SaaS (software as a service) for achieving business and operational excellence in cancer care. This is in line with the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) that connects the digital health solutions of hospitals across the country to simplify processes and enable a host of other facilities like Digital Consultation, consent of patients, ease of access to medical records, etc. With this scheme, old medical records cannot get lost as every record is stored digitally.
The Karkinos Digital Platform aids partner hospitals in maintaining accurate digital records, facilitating virtual tumour board consultations, and streamlining oncology cases, among other crucial features. The platform represents a significant leap towards transforming cancer management in India, ensuring patients get the timely and cost-effective care they desperately need. The Karkinos Command Centre forms an integral part of this approach to ensure smooth patient navigation and guided care. Empathetic engagement of patients to make cancer care more accessible and affordable promises a brighter future for cancer patients in India.