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IIT Madras to turn Chennai into world’s “Digital Wellbeing Capital”

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is going to initiate Digital Wellbeing Alliance for making Chennai the “Digital Wellbeing Capital” of the world by deploying  digital technologies.

Under the alliance, the Institute will work for the wellbeing of the community with special focus on young workforce and weaker sections of the society by using its expertise in technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT and Motion Capture Technology.

Dr Ram D Sriram, Chief, Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US federal government, inaugurated the alliance at IIT Madras this week.

Speaking about the importance of this workshop, Prof M. Manivannan, Biomedical Engineering Group, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras, said, “There are many issues that only an alliance can solve. We will brainstorm to identify those issues in this workshop. This Alliance is spearheaded by several passionate people, apart from me, including Prof D. Janakiram of IIT Madras, Mr. Sridharan Sivan of S10 Health Solutions, Ms. Sharmila Devadas of MedioTek Health Systems, Mr. Subbarao of Chola MS Risk, again emphasizing alliance of people rather than individuals.”

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The alliance is likely to have NITI Aayog and other regulatory bodies along with academic institutions such as all the IITs, health technology companies, medical device makers, digital health players, medical institutions and various corporate firms as the stakeholders.

The ‘Global Alliance‘ is an initiative of IIT Madras along with Industrial partners, hospitals, and global thought leaders.

This Alliance is intended to improve quality of life for healthcare providers and seekers; and to leverage India’s strength to enhance global health and wellness care.

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