PHC Tech Challenge selects 17 innovations that address primary health care challenges in India
The winners with the most potential to create significant impact in public health include a wireless temperature monitoring system for cold chain equipment, an affordable smartphone-based ultrasound, and an automated and portable breast cancer screening test.
New Delhi, December 15, 2021—PATH India announced today the winners of the first PHC Tech Challenge, recognizing 17 groundbreaking innovations from countries including India, the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
Launched in March 2021, the PHC Tech Challenge is part of PATH’s mission to make Universal Health Coverage 2030 a reality as it reimagines primary health care through a people-centered, innovation-driven approach that provides health care access to underserved communities and gives everyone a fair chance at good health and well-being. It was established in partnership with the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Social Alpha, Swasth, ACT, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, and Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health.
The complete list of the winners can be accessed here. After a rigorous selection process that involved evaluation of more than 115 applications, the winners with the most potential to create significant impact in public health include a wireless temperature monitoring system for cold chain equipment, an affordable smartphone-based ultrasound, and an automated and portable breast cancer screening test.
The objective of the PHC Tech Challenge 2021 was to bring promising med-tech, cold chain, and digital health innovations from across the globe to key stakeholders, including the government, health agencies, donors, development partners, private-sector organizations, and providers, with an aim to advance primary health care and improve health outcomes in India and similar low- and middle-income countries.
“Primary health care systems can benefit to a great extent if we start reaping the potential of innovation and technology,” said Mohammad Ameel, Head, Primary Health Care, Technology & Innovations at PATH India in the closure of the PHC Tech Challenge. “PATH is pleased to have hosted the inaugural PHC Tech Challenge and identify some crosscutting, innovative solutions which would positively improve primary health care outcomes. Now, with support from our funders, our mission is to accelerate deployment of these near-ready solutions in public health settings and improve access to primary health care in India.”
“Now, with support from our funders, our mission is to accelerate the deployment of these near-ready solutions in public health settings and improve access to primary health care in India.”— Mohammad Ameel, Head, Primary Health Care, Technology & Innovations
Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, Director and CEO, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), said, “C-CAMP was delighted to partner with PATH for the PHC Tech Challenge. Primary health care remains highly underserved for a very large population in India and other low-income countries. In the coming years, with PATH, we hope to build a large portfolio of innovations that could serve society by increasing access to affordable primary health care services.”
Dr. Ajay Nair, CEO, Swasth, said, “This pandemic has only reiterated the need and importance of providing our citizens universal health coverage with access to comprehensive primary health care as the foundation. But providing high-quality comprehensive care at an affordable cost remains a tall task in a diverse nation like ours, and technology will play a key enabling role in realizing our primary care dreams. It has been incredibly gratifying to partner with PATH on this challenge that will showcase the best this space has to offer.”
Manoj Kumar, Founder and CEO, Social Alpha, said, “The challenges faced by our primary health care system can only be addressed through the adoption of innovative solutions, primarily focused on access, affordability, and user experience. I congratulate the winners of the PHC Tech Challenge and hope they will significantly improve the quality of care in the country. I am delighted to see the incredible partnership that PATH and Social Alpha teams have built to curate, support, and deploy impactful innovations identified through this challenge.”
PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges. For more information about PATH’s work in India, visit www.path.org/india.
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