Students this is for you


India is still considered as developing country and I feel extremely upset with this thought. We produce so many well learned people and this country ranks high in the number of PhD’s and master students who come out of universities. But still not a single university ranks high in the top 100 lists of the world.

Every part of the government machinery is still limping with inefficiencies, bureaucracy and off course corruption. It is a nightmare to get work done with government still. How long we take to become transparent, modern and nimble?

But what puzzles me is why our education system is suffering from status Quo with antique teaching methods and subjects that do not align with our modern industry?  These same students someday become government employees and they continue the same old tradition. Why are they not questioning this and why are they not attempting to change except handful of very dedicated officers and employees?

I know many will disagree with some statements above but the point I want to drive is things that needed to be done at the college levels. Present state of affairs is basically the result of our education system that needs drastic disruptive changes.

I request “Universities and colleges : Please wake up and fix your systems”.

Majority of young student’s lifestyle follows a predictive path once they steps into the college. They read the same stuff their friends read, they go to the same movies their friends go, they play the same games their friends play and everyone studies for just marks/grades and finally waiting to get into job thru campus recruitment or some other methods. Then they enter workforce and live life depending on their lifestyles.

This result in massive waste of brain power, youth’s energies, strengths, will power, time and many qualities that otherwise wisely tapped, would have developed the nation to highest degree of living standards. In a Billion population there are handful who are contributing to the  growth of the nation’s living standards but why are we collectively not thinking of following those brilliant people who strive for the nation.

This is because we never question anything and just follow the protocol. We never develop skills such as creativity, innovation, the quest to live a better life, the craving for quality and the interest to dive deeper into our subject matters. Many students won’t learn subject for knowledge but just for getting grades. Universities take long time to adjust syllabus that follow industry best practices. Even if they introduce the syllabus the faculty is not trained to the latest and greatest trends in business so they cannot teach the same to the students.

Read what The CEO of one of the largest software company has to say about teachers here http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/20-of-teachers-in-the-country-not-sincere-azim-premji-says/articleshow/43212004.cms

Inspiration to do things differently is low in teaching community and there are several reasons for that but that will be for a different blog.

But I blame partially students and parents for not willing to question the status quo. Here are some steps required by students to initiate a change for a better life and a better country . This same can be used by any other developing and under developing nation’s  students.

  1. Change in lifestyle. I absolutely agree that students should have good memories of college life with loads of fun but I totally disagree that they should feel that this is the top priority. They should first take a snap shot of daily life and confine fun to couple of hours a day. This should be done collectively by all students because if one follows the rule the other will break it and the overall change is not possible.
  2. Learn from Internet. I do not know why universities take so long to keep syllabus fluid and aligned to ever changing business needs, but that should not stop young students to spend time to learn the best practices of the industry online. So instead of spending time on Social networks spare time to learn what’s going on in your area of subject matter. There are several exciting stories in business circle that will inspire you and energizes you with knowledge and opportunities you may not get if you just study for marks.
  3. Engage fellow students: Form a team from different educational backgrounds and take up a local problem and try to solve. For example during winter most of the babies and children become sick from viral fevers and hospitals are packed with patients. It is painful to sit for long hours to get treated and you know it is much more painful if that hospital happens to be government hospital. So as a team you should collaborate with fellow medical students and come up with preventive steps from diseases and conduct community classes to educate parents and others from having good health for themselves and their children. This helps you to learn communication skills, project execution skills and time management skills. These soft skills are very vital skills needed for business.
  4. Engage with professionals that visit campus or on social networks. Students should join professional networks such as LinkedIn and start participating in group discussions and identify opportunities from the challenges industry is facing and brainstorm of ideas to solve the problems. That way you become expert in that subject matter and you will do much better when you join the business.
  5. Yoga and Meditation: Modern life style is full of pressures and pulls from every direction. Maintaining top health is very difficult if you are not disciplined. So from very young age it is best to practice Yoga and Meditation to maintain top health.
  6. Sports : It is mandatory that students come out of Facebook and internet games to play real games to develop good and healthy body/mind, otherwise we end up with sick nation with no hope for becoming most developed. Remember Swamy Vivekananda’s call for youth.
  7. Reading and listening skills: Spend time reading books online and newspapers every day. Search for business videos, ted talks that inspire you and teach you some very important life lessons and listen to them. Bookmark some best sites that help you to get the best and the latest in your area of interest. This helps you to improve your vocabulary and also general knowledge which are useful during interviews.
  8. Try teaching: Start teaching your juniors whatever you learnt on a daily basis. Adopt a school and go and teach them what you learnt. This will help you to memorize the subject matter and also keeps you on your toes to learn something new to teach some other day.
  9. Form teams and go to a nearby village and check what problems exist there. Then come back and see if you can use your learning to solve their problems. In the process you may even start your own company and give jobs to fellow students.
  10. Finally remember every student attends the same schools, read the same books, go to the same movies, play the same video games, and watch the same TV shows so how can you expect to have a  life experience, ideas of  your own or world views? If you do not follow a better living standards?

Above suggestions will elevate your career and help nation to become better. Please take time to rethink your priorities and strategies and try your best to live quality life with best practices. Comments are appreciated.

Health Care Industry landscape and opportunities


Health care is the most promising field for innovations. This is the most happening field in today’s business landscape. Top technology companies such as Google (with its Glass and Diabetic testing Google Lens and many more), Apple corps with HealthKit are some examples of how technology and health care are evolving.

A wide array of health innovations are coming to the market. That includes Body wearable’s, Software apps, Smart gadgets to monitor vitals of the body and Data analytics to move towards personalized health services and drug delivery by patient.

I spent time in finding the trends and in my view the following are the present trends in Health care.

  1. Self-tracking of your body vitals 2. Gaming solutions to educate about health and wellbeing, 3. Do it yourselves Gadgets   4. Online and mobile patient services 5. Data driven treatments, 6. Physician to Physician connect 7. Cloud based Medical records 8. Remote support 9. Body implants and their monitoring. 10. Patients to Patients online forums 11. Global Standardizing of Health care records, treatment methods and finally constant improvements of Medical gadgets and personalized health care deliveries.

The future looks promising for all the stakeholders in health care and technology companies who are developing some cutting edge gadgets and solutions. There are several school level competitions (Intel science fair, google Science fair) that are promoting out of the box solutions in developing some fantastic solutions to cancer, diabetic treatments.

I categorized the health care industry solutions, players and provided some sample companies information just as a head start. This is the most dynamic field presently and attracting everyone to pitch in. Check the websites and see if some of them are useful to you.

I wrote a blog on finding alternative medicines for a branded drug here for those who cannot afford expensive medicine https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/sugar-soda-medicines-money-heart-and-your-health/

Medical trainings

http://www.touchsurgery.com/Touch Surgery as a game changing mobile surgical simulator enabling users to practise surgical procedures on their smartphones

http://www.thevisualmd.com/index.php  A rich source of videos and other health care information

http://www.anatomy.tv/tour.aspx another training website for Medical students

https://www.healthtap.com/ A comprehensive health care related website.

Medical devices

http://www.biosense.in/  This company devices that check anaemia and other deficiency of the body.

http://www.janacare.com/ It’s a diagnostic hardware sensor to analyse any fluid — blood, urine, sweat or saliva

https://cue.me/#influenza The device processes biofluid samples in real time, enabling a form of self-diagnosis of diseases.

http://www.withings.com/us/ A smart watch company from France which tracks Body vitals

http://www.artefactgroup.com/content/work/A set of health care devices for various purposes in health care delivery

https://www.scanadu.com/  A product to measure your body vitals and share the information with you and your doctor instantly. (temperature, BP, HeartRate, Oximetry, ECG, HRV, Stress and Urine Analysis)

https://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/health/ Apple’s new Health app gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data. And we’ve created a new tool for developers called HealthKit, which allows all the incredible health and fitness apps to work together, and work harder, for you. It just might be the beginning of a health revolution.

http://ubiome.com/ A gadget to identify the millions of microbes present in our body and provide details about them

http://mysugr.com/ The app provides immediate feedback on diabetics  and helps you stay motivated.

http://www.remedyonglass.com/ wearable technology to enable doctors to record their conversations with patients

http://www.odondevice.org/  The Odon device is a new low cost instrument to deliver the foetus when complications occur during the second stage of labor.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/quitbit/quitbit-the-first-smart-lighter-and-app-to-track-s?ref=discovery Quitbit to track smoking using software app.

http://googleblog.blogspot.in/2014/01/introducing-our-smart-contact-lens.html a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.

http://www.smartmci.com/ Products for disaster related triage and mass casualty equipment.

http://www.medicaldevice-network.com/contractors/wireless/gallery.html a news web on wireless medical devices technologies.

Medical advice

http://nppaindia.nic.in/index1eng.html NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established, inter alia, to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995.

http://senstore.com/  Virtual Nurse to advice on whether a doctor visit is necessary. It is a Andriod app developed using sensors, wireless connectivity and artificial intelligence to enable DIY healthcare for anyone, from anywhere.

http://www.patientslikeme.com/ Compare treatments, symptoms and experiences with people like you and take control of your health

http://www.healthcentral.com/ Provides comprehensive information about all health related topics.

Data analytics

http://ginger.io/ Cutting-edge predictive models developed by MIT scientists and engineers. Their data-driven approach helps unlock patterns in the massive amounts of health data we all generate today

http://www.binatechnologies.com/ Bina is the big data science platform accelerating personalized medicine for researchers and clinicians requiring fast, accurate and scalable genomic analysis.

Medical and drug research

http://dudleylab.org/ A research unit to solve critical challenges in systems Medicine and biomedical informatics by identifying and developing novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches for human disease through integration and analysis of molecular and clinical data, and also perform research to develop and evaluate methods to incorporate genomic sequencing data into clinical practice.

http://www.cureangelman.org/ A foundations that is working to cure Angelman Syndrome.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/aiop-hct052814.php A new way of delivering drugs by designing them as sperms. This tiny sperm-shaped robots could in fact help with in vitro fertilization (IVF) one day, when they’re not delivering your drugs, sorting your cells, cleaning your clogged arteries, or performing other surgical procedures.

Health services

http://www.mydentist.co.in/  Mydentist is India’s largest chain of dental clinics providing high quality & hi-tech dental care services at affordable prices. Prices are transparent and that makes it very attractive for everyone to try this out

http://www.thyrocare.com/ It is the World’s largest thyroid testing laboratory from India.

http://www.credihealth.com/ to provide our clients (domestic & international patients) with information on Indian healthcare providers.

http://www.narayanahealth.org/ A top healthcare provider from India

Medical Philanthropy:

https://watsi.org/ Watsi is a global crowdfunding platform for healthcare that enables anyone to donate as little as $5 to directly fund life-changing medical care for people in need.

Health Talks

http://www.tedmed.com/videos TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine. The result: unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.

Healthcare Competitions

http://www.qualcommtricorderxprize.org/ The XPRIZE developed the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to spur radical innovation in personal health care technology.

http://www.hultprizesix.com/ The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities

Health care news

http://www.who.int/topics/en/World health organization health news from across the world

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2010/itw-ventilator-0715 MIT’s innovations of Health care devices and other news

http://www.medgadget.com/   News on Health care and medical gadgets

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/news/industry/?vnsId=31250 Business wire health news

http://top-topics.thefullwiki.org/Top_open_source_healthcare_software:_All a complete information on healthcare software

http://www.medscape.com/  Health care learning

Health care software

http://openboxes.com/ is a supply chain management system designed to manage drugs and supplies for healthcare facilities in developing countries.

Health care Social activities

http://www.doctorshangout.com/ Promoted by Dr. Subrahmanyam Karuturi  of http://www.karuturi.org/ and our family doctor, it is  online community for Doctors and others to connect and use the platform for learning.

http://www.patient.co.in/ helps you to connect with similar patients like you to share disease experiences, treatment options, and knowledge and give support to each other.

http://www.ghdonline.org/ Improving health care delivery through global collaborations. I registered on this site and contribute my experiences in dealing health technology solutions

 

Watch movies free, PDF document converter, Free Web tools for daily use, solve puzzles for science


Want to watch Hollywood movies streamed only in US from anywhere? Go to http://mediahint.com/ and click start Using button. It will download a crx extention file that  you can drag to your browser as suggested by them. In Chrome you should go to settings, extensions and drag the downloaded file. Now you can open http://www.hulu.com/ and watch free TV and movies online.

Want to convert  your mobile email attachment files or PDF  or some other format  files to any other formats ? You can use the following services free

http://www.zamzar.com/conversionTypes.php  Conversion steps are given here http://www.zamzar.com/

Another PDF converter to word, excel, html without loosing the layout properties is http://www.abbyy.com/pdftransformer/

If someone sent you a Chinese or other languages  PDF file you can translate that to English.  Upload your foreign version file to Google translate and let it translate the stuff for you. Here is the link  http://translate.google.com/?tr=f&hl=en and for editing  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7W2NJFdoIg

If you got a foreign language email you can install the Microsoft utility to translate the langauge without leaving your outlook email. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5780

You can also use http://www.onlinedoctranslator.com/translator for translating any document and this will also preserve the original layout and formats

Want to save your favorite webpages as PDF files?  Use this free service http://joliprint.com/

If you want to edit text from a PDF Image file you can use Google OCR. Log In to your Gmail account, upload the image to Google docs (check the box “convert text to google format”)  and it will convert the image to text that you can edit later.

Other services available are http://www.onlineocr.net/  http://finereader.abbyyonline.com/en/Account/Welcome  http://ocronline.com/

Have a password protected PDF file ? Use this software to unlock the service http://www.pdfunlock.com/

Web tool to create easily ipad apps

http://scriptk.it/ allows you to drag and drop snippets of code to create your own app very fast.

Got ideas in your head. Better put them somewhere before you loose them. Use the following websites that help you in storing your tasks and ideas http://www.wunderlist.com/ 

http://evernote.com/ and http://springpad.com/about allows you to store your ideas/ tasks visually.

some more good sites to consider are https://trello.com/

http://asana.com/

http://www.resoph.com/ResophNotes/Welcome.html

Anyone can solve puzzles that scientists cannot. Check details here  http://fold.it/portal/

A website called patients like me allows you to check treatments, symptoms and other great information online from fellow humans who suffer the same disease  This openness enables everyone to quickly learn about health related information without costing anything to them. Check details here  http://www.patientslikeme.com/treatments