Indian IT giant Tata and Royal College of Physicians take doctors to the cloud

5 Jul 2016

Pictured: Leo Kearns, CEO, RCPI and Jonathan Dempsey, Head of TCS iON for UK and Ireland

Indian IT giant Tata Consulting is working with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) to create a global knowledge-sharing network that will help doctors share expertise via the cloud.

The partnership between Tata Consulting Services (TCS) and the college will enable the postgraduate medical training college to create an online community that helps doctors share expertise and access online courses throughout their careers.

The new tool called The Physician Network is a resource based on the TCS iON ‘digital learning platform’ to enable virtual ‘common-interest communities’ and facilitate best practice knowledge-sharing.

‘Our network of doctors is our greatest asset, which is why we are committed to their professional development’

The Physician Network will be seen as a cornerstone to support the professional development of doctors in 84 countries around the world.

The future of the medical world

“Our network of doctors is our greatest asset, which is why we are committed to their professional development, through both online courses and through collaborative knowledge exchange, so that new ideas and techniques and discoveries can be readily shared and adopted globally,” explained Leo Kearns, chief executive of RCPI.

“Tata Consulting has worked closely with RCPI to determine our needs and to ensure that the technology we deploy enables us to equip our members for the medical world of today and tomorrow.”

Doctors will be able to collaborate from any location around the world, using the mobile-optimised solution to share insights and learnings with other medical professionals.

The TCS iON digital assessment platform is also being used to allow doctors in Ireland, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Malaysia to take the internationally-benchmarked Membership Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examinations.

“TCS iON is a superior cloud-based solution that addresses these changes and enables institutions to enhance the experience of their stakeholders,” explained Venguswamy Ramaswamy, global head, TCS iON.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years