Search Local, Solve Global

Our 2016 iFellows touring around New Delhi, the home to the Biodesign School, India.

Dr. Jha , we now have an idea about some probable clinical areas of intervention. Should we chose one and start thinking of solutions for these need?

Dr. Jha
Not so soon, dear. Now that we have identified opportunities, let us divide them into clusters based upon their area of occurrence, for example – Issues regarding ear-drum perforations or otoscopes could be grouped together as ENT and similarly other problems under ANC/PNC, Orthopaedics, Emergency and Trauma, etc.

After clustering, we now have a general idea about the problem background; however, the choice for a topic of inquiry needs to be smart, with a thorough understanding of one’s playing field.

Look out for current global market tendencies, map out the morbidity and mortality rates, the incidence and prevalence of problems noted, healthcare expenditures and trends of grant flow.

Find answers to questions like;
Which of the problems discovered benefit the current state of healthcare system in our respective countries i.e. India, Japan and Australia?
How impactful is the problem for the patient?
Which problem is a real pain-point for the patient?
What is the need of the hour?

'Knowledge about the nature of the problem, the intervention opportunity that it provides and the extent of its impact is very important for the success of any enterprise.'

This week we set out to analyse our observations and identify multiple pain points associated with each of them. After a thorough process of elimination based upon the scope of these observations, we came up with an inventory of problem areas(focus areas) backed by researched facts and figures from notable sources.

--- from the notebook of Deepika Dixit

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