Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Bounty of Big Data

To compile Consumer Price Index ( CPI ), USA Bureau of Labor Statistics employs hundreds of staff to call, fax, and visit stores and offices in 90 cities across the nation and report back about  80,000 prices on everything from tomatoes to taxi fares

But by the time the numbers come out, they're already a few weeks old and useless

In response , two economists at the MIT, Alberto Cavallo and Robert Rigobon , came up with a big-data alternative

Using software to crawl the Web, they collected half a million prices of products sold in the U.S. every single day

The project was able to detect a deflationary swing in prices immediately after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in September 2008

Enter commercial venture : Price-Stats :

It compiles millions of products sold by hundreds of retailers in more than 70 countries everyday..... indicating trends in inflation

{Source : Big Data : authors / Viktor Mayer-Schonberger / Kenneth Cukier }

In India , we too , keep compiling CPI in the same old way

Anybody's guess when our Central Government Authority responsible for compiling CPI , will adopt BIG DATA ANALYTICS , to give us up-to-the-day figures

Now imagine if Government were to launch Mobile App

 3D - Digital Delivery of Drugs ( outline below ) ,

 and make its use MANDATORY by every ,

*  Citizen................ ( Patient )

*  Doctor................ ( Prescriber )

*  Pharma Store.......( Vendor )

Then imagine applying BIG DATA ANALYTICS to every single purchase of every strip / bottle / vial  of medicine ( totaling to may be  a 100 million , every day )

This , fairly straight-forward use of an unusually simple Mobile App , is capable of delivering , unprecedented level of " Customized Healthcare " to millions of our citizens

I hope Dr Harsh Vardhan takes note  !


www.hemenparekh.in / blogs

01  May  2016


3 D - Digital Delivery of Drugs  ?

( let us call it , " Dispenser " )

On 14th Oct , 8 lakh pharmacy stores will go on strike to persuade Government to prohibit sale of " Prescription Drugs " by e-Pharmacies such as 1mg.com / Zigy.com , not to  speak of e-Com sites like Amazon / SnapDeal / Flipkart etc

Reason advanced :

*  Online sale puts consumers at risk

Real reason ?

*  Loss of jobs of 4 million persons employed by 800,000 pharmacy stores

*  Loss of business worth Rs 80.000 Crores

Current legal provision :

*  Drugs and Cosmetics Act,1940 does not prohibit online sale of medicines

Govt response :

*  Set up a Committee to draft new provisions in Law to regulate online sale

My take :

*  One day , everything will be sold online from web sites 10,000 Km away !

*  There is no way march of EVERYTHING ONLINE can be stopped or slowed

My Suggestions :

*  Govt to upload a Mobile App ( DISPENSER ? ) on Health Ministry web site

*  All doctors must download it , after proper registration / authentication

*  App will get embedded with full details of that doctor who uses it

*  Doctors to enter Patient Data in App  / then enter prescribed Drug Details

*  Doctor will SMS app data entered , to concerned patient's mobile

*  Patient will SMS entered app data to mobile of Chemist of his choice

*  Chemist will deliver the medicine to the patient with Bill Details in App

*  Every action / transaction on App , will get automatically emailed to web
    Servers of

       #  Health Ministry

       #  All India Medical Association

       #   All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists ( AIOCD )

       #   Drug Controller General of India

Advantages :

*   Jobs / business of Chemists / Druggists saved

*   Great convenience for patients / no need to visit Drug Store

*   No chance of Chemist " misinterpreting " doctor's handwriting !

*   Full History of

     #  Each Patient ( great benefit to Prescribing doctors )

     #  Each Drug    ( great benefit to Pharma Companies  )

     #  Each Chemist Shop  ( great benefit to Govt / AIOCD / Tax Dept )

     #  Each Doctor  ( great interest to All India Medical Association )

Of course , I have no answer for those who will oppose my suggestion by saying :

" What if either the Patient or the Doctor or the Chemist , does not have a Smart phone  ? "

My only answer :

For the benefit of millions , let us harness the Online Delivery technology

That is the only way  DIGITAL INDIA  can benefit the entire society

Solutions to all the problems of the World are known

Only Unknown are those dedicated persons determined to implement  !


hemen   parekh

12  Oct  2015


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