Frugal Innovations in Global Health Care Conference

UIC School of Public Health Global Health Program

This conference introduces current and future healthcare practitioners to innovations in healthcare delivery that can address pervasive gaps in healthcare access. Experts will address new practices and technologies to address breast cancer, malaria, surgery planning, prosthetic limbs, telemedicine, menstrual hygiene management, prevention of water-borne illness and support systems health practice thinking. India Development Service, a driving force in improving lives in India for four decades, has been a joint partner in the conference development and planning.  Sessions are moderated by Jerome McDonnell.

Date:  Friday, March 19
Time:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

Conference schedule

Supriya Mehta headshot.
Welcome and intro
With Supriya Mehta, PhD, interim associate dean for global health, UIC School of Public Health (9:00 - 9:15 a.m. CT).
Nila Vora headshot.
Why this conference?
With Dr. Nila Vora, India Development Service (9:15 - 9:20 a.m. CT).
Sam Pitroda headshot.
Opening remarks
With Sam Pitroda, popularly known as the father of India's computer and IT revolution (9:20 - 9:30 a.m. CT).
Vikas Karade headshot.
Technology innovation: 3D surgery planning
With Dr. Vikas Karade, founder and CEO of AlgoSurg (9:30 - 10:10 a.m. CT).
A patient affixes a Jaipur Foot prosthetic leg to his leg at the knee, where an amputation took place.
Material innovation: prosthetic legs and arms
With Manish Dhadda, founder of the world’s largest organization for rehabilitating amputees, including the Jaipur Foot (10:10 - 11:10 a.m. CT).
A person holds a menstrual cup in their hand.
Panel: frugal innovations in Chicago
With Supriya Mehta, PhD and Dr. Sam Dorevitch, UIC School of Public Health, and Dr. Prashant Deshpande, founder and CEO of Galenus Scientific Inc. (11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT).
Brian Gitta fills a hypodermic needle with a solution.
Rapid and cost-effective malaria diagnostics: Matibabu
With Brian Gitta, inventor and CEO of ThinkIT Ltd. (1:20 - 2:00 p.m. CT).
Mihir Shah headshot.
Material innovation: iBreastExam
With Mihir Shah, founder and CEO of UE LifeSciences (2:00 - 2:40 p.m. CT).
The iBreastExam device, along with a smartphone it is connected to.
Joint panel and wrap-up
Featuring all our speakers throughout the day (2:40 - 3:00 p.m. CT).

Continuing medical education credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine and the Rush University, India Development Service and Loyola University. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine has applied to designate this Live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Also, a maximum of 5 continuing education credits will be available through the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois for Nurses (NP/RN/LPN).

Registration fee for CME: $65
Registration fee for CNE: $55

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