Tech Mahindra Foundation launches its second SMART Academy for Healthcare
Established in 2007, the Tech Mahindra Foundation has been working to invest and empower individuals within education, healthcare and disability across twelve locations in India.
Supporting sustainable initiatives, the foundation works with local institutes to develop local communities and partners to build on the ongoing healthcare, confidence and capabilities of its citizens. The foundation has garnered a multitude of awards surrounding its corporate social responsibility commitments.
Developed in 2012, the success of the foundation’s SMART programme has seen the rise of over 50 SMART Centres across India, where over 17,000 attends and develop new skills within areas such as healthcare and manufacturing. In 2016, the Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare was established in Delhi, training professionals who are passionate about entering the healthcare sector, with a number of courses on offer.
Such is its success, the Tech Mahindra Foundation has unveiled its second branch in Mohali, opening up further opportunities for local communities to develop essential skills within a number of medical fields.
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Dr. Loveleen Kacker, CEO of Tech Mahindra Foundation, explained, “The placement rate for our latest batch to graduate in New Delhi is almost 90%. Doctors appreciate our students because of their sound theoretical knowledge and their on-job training experience.
The medical sector is booming in India and there is a huge need for skilled paramedical professionals. Thanks to the Academies we are able to offer good long-term career options for those in search of jobs.”
The new SMART Academy in Mohali encompasses three storeys, with exceptional technologies embedded to ensure world-class training within its facilities, allowing students to practice CPR, inserting IV drips, undertaking laboratory studies and much more.
“Healthcare is a booming sector and with the growth of medical tourism, our courses aim at filling the growing demand for highly skilled, and polished paramedical professionals,” added Reeva Paul Gupta, Director, Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare, Mohali.
“Through strong industry linkages, we plan to keep our courses up to date with the latest practices in healthcare, and give our students a great start to their careers. We want to raise the bar for paramedical training!
Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline
Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare.
2011 - 2013
Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train.
A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users.
2014 - 2017
Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.
2017 - 2019
Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows.
In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day.
As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world.
Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion.
Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events.
Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.
It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.
In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."
"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care."
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers.