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Drones will transport human organs soon: NSDC chairman

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 17, 2016, 7:53 am IST
Updated Jun 17, 2016, 7:53 am IST
A project is being carried out in Bengaluru to understand its feasibility.
To ensure speedy transportation of human organs, the healthcare sector is looking at innovative means like using drones. (Representational image)
 To ensure speedy transportation of human organs, the healthcare sector is looking at innovative means like using drones. (Representational image)

CHENNAI: To ensure speedy transportation of human organs, the healthcare sector is looking at innovative means like using drones, according to S.Ramadorai, chairman, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Speaking at Sri Ramachandra University’s 23rd convocation here on Thursday, he said, “A project is being carried out in Bengaluru to understand its feasibility.” With the emergence of big data and machine learning algorithms, he  said, predictive healthcare will become a reality.

“In the near future, it may be possible that just with simple android phones, we may be able to predict diabetes and encourage such people to get tested early so that their health outcomes are better and cost of care is lower for the patient,” he said. He also said genomics is shifting the pharmaceutical industry from the blockbuster drug model to a personalised medicine model. “A whole new field of bioinformatics has come into being, intertwining the disciplines of genetics and computing.”

 

“Several researchers are able to 3D print biological tissue, and sooner than later, 3D printing of living organs is going to be a practical reality,” he added. Ramadorai gave away degrees to 238 graduates and gold medals to six meritorious students. Abilashini Manoharan received five gold medals, including the best outgoing student in MBBS. Sri Ramachandra University Chancellor V.R. Venkataachalam, Professor of Eminence and Dean (Research) S.P. Thyagarajan, VC J.S.N. Murthy were among those who participated in the function.

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