Koita Centre for Digital Health (KCDH) at IIT Bombay is the first of its kind in India, focused on driving academic programs, research, and industry collaborations in Digital Health.
KCDH addresses the need for engineering, clinical professionals and entrepreneurs in Digital health and creates research and employment opportunities in this domain. IIT Bombay partners with leading hospital systems, healthcare research, and academic organizations which have strong capabilities in different branches of medicine and healthcare.
KCDH was established with a generous contribution received from its alumni Rekha and Rizwan Koita, under the aegis of the Koita Foundation (www.koitafoundation.org). The centre was approved by the Board of Governors of IIT Bombay on 4th June 2021.
To become a globally renowned centre in Digital Health and Health Informatics. The centre will drive research, entrepreneurship and employment in Digital Health to transform healthcare in India, partnering closely with clinical professionals and healthcare organizations.
"Today, we are launching a mission that has the potential of bringing a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities"
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
On Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission,
September 27, 2021
Digital Health and Informatics needs cross functional expertise – computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, AI/ machine learning, medical science. IIT Bombay, as India’s #1 academic institution, has deep technical and research expertise, which is well suited to build excellence in Digital Health along with Digital Health Partners (DHP) and to establish a globally renowned centre.
In addition, IIT Bombay and its DHP partners have a unique opportunity to take leadership in Digital Health relevant to India. Our country has unique healthcare problems/ disease patterns and healthcare delivery challenges. This need is even more important in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic facing India today.
KCDH creates a cadre of professionals who can leverage these opportunities and contribute to the field. IIT B attracts some of the smartest minds across the countries and this centre is giveing them an opportunity to be able to apply technical expertise in areas like AI/ML to real world problems creating a win-win situation across the ecosystem.
Digital Health offers significant job opportunities and is one of the fastest areas of job growth. Job opportunities in Digital Health exist within many sectors including healthcare device companies, healthcare software companies, hospital systems, health insurance, pharma companies, consulting and research organizations. Digital Health offers significant startup / entrepreneurship opportunities.