India’s National Cancer Grid (NCG) has established the Koita Centre for Digital Oncology (KCDO) to improve cancer care across the country using digital tools and technologies.

The organisation has set up the new KCDO using donations secured from the Koita Foundation that will support the centre for five years.

The Koita Foundation and the Tata Memorial Centre signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India to formalise the collaboration.

The new centre will play a key role in driving digital transformation across the cancer care continuum and support NCG hospitals by adopting digital health tools and sharing best practices in digital health.

It will also help drive many common technology initiatives that include healthcare data interoperability, EMR adoption, reporting and analytics.

Additionally, the centre will enable NCG and NCG hospitals to start and adopt new technologies, such as big data, mobile, machine learning, AI, automation, cloud,

NCG convener Dr Pramesh said: “We are very excited about the establishment of Koita Centre for Digital Oncology in NCG.

“The new centre will enable more than 270 NCG partner hospitals to assess and deploy digital tools to enhance cancer care and make it more accessible and affordable across India.”

The organisation stated that digital tools, such as remote patient monitoring and tele-medicine, will help in making healthcare more accessible, mainly in semi-urban and rural areas.

Furthermore, the new centre will collaborate with academic and research organisations for promoting research and development in cancer care.

Tata Memorial Centre director Dr Badwe said: “The Koita Centre for Digital Oncology is a very timely initiative.

“It will help create an innovation ecosystem across hospitals, healthcare technology companies, academic institutions, and research organisations to address challenges in cancer care.

“The positive impact of this ecosystem can extend beyond cancer care.”