Indian Health Outcomes, Public Health and Economics Research Centre (IHOPE) is an exciting collaborative and interdisciplinary research centre that is being set up with a 10 crore competitive research grant from the Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance through collaborations between the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Hyderabad. The key focus of this centre will be big data analysis, health economics, clinical and public health research in eye health.
L V Prasad Eye Institute has digitised all its patient records of over 30 years into a single Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. This data gets automatically updated with information from new patients which contains both economic backgrounds as well as the medical information of every patient ever seen in any LVPEI network hospital. Using this data and by mining relevant information, important questions regarding economic and public health concerns for improving interventions and policy in eye care could be addressed. This collaboration aims to generate new knowledge in clinical research and developing a training centre for clinicians to assess and perform research, evaluate the cost-effectiveness of services and interventions, and analyse big data by partnering with IIM, Ahmedabad and IIPH, Hyderabad.
The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1987 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non- government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution.
The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) was set up in 1961 by the Govt of India in collaboration with the Govt of Gujarat and the Indian industry
Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad (IIPH) under the aegis of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) commenced its activities on July 1, 2008
The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1987 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Centre for VISION 2020- The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has ten active arms to its areas of operations: Clinical Services, Education, Research, Vision Rehabilitation, Rural and Community Eye Health, Eye Banking, Advocacy and Policy Planning, Capacity Building, Innovation and Product Development.
The LVPEI pyramidal model of eye care delivery currently includes a Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad, 3 tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 20 secondary and 184 primary care vision centres that cover the remotest rural areas in the four states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka.
L V Prasad Eye Institute is managed by two not-for-profit entities – Hyderabad Eye Institute (HEI) and Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation (HERF).
The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) was set up as an autonomous institution in 1961 by the Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and the Indian industry. IIMA is the first management school in India to receive international accreditation for five years. It was the first business school in India to receive EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation, by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in June 2008 and has maintained EQUIS accreditation since then.
IIMA has actively pursued research in the areas of health sector and economic policy. The centre for management of health services within the institute has carried out research projects focused on health policy and planning as well as governance and management challenges in the health sector. Policy related research forms a thrust area for the Economics arm of the institute, which has immense experience in many sectors including pharmaceuticals and health.
IIMA features at the top position in the India Ranking 2018 (National Institutional Ranking Framework) released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad (IIPH) under the aegis of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) commenced its activities on July 1, 2008, with a mission to deliver public health education and training, pursue research and advocacy and support policy development, as aligned to the public health priorities of the state and the nation.
The Government of India enabled the setting up of PHFI in 2006, a not for profit public private initiative, established to strengthen training, research and policy through interdisciplinary and health system connected education and, policy programme relevant research, evidence based & equity promoting policy development, affordable health technologies, people empowering health promotion & advocacy for prioritised health causes in the area of Public Health. IIPH pursues active research panning multiple disciplines like epidemiology, genetics and health economics. Active interest areas include public health eye care, clinical trials, outcomes evaluation and cost-effectiveness. IIPH has recently been involved in Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinopathy of Prematurity (DRROP) project, a five-year pilot implemented in 4 Indian states including Telangana and Odisha, where it partnered with LVPEI. This is a large collaboration with Union Ministry of Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and partners, indicative of its expertise in eye health.
Develop a self-sustainable Centre
of knowledge creation and dissemination of clinical and public health research through big data.
Attract and train the best talent
in the country for outcomes research and health economics to develop them as clinician scientists.
Influence health policy
in India based on new knowledge.
This centre will take advantage of the large clinical data available at LVPEI from the past 30 years across its network, to drive the research at IHOPE. The in-house EyeSmartTM Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system will be leveraged for big data analysis and will form the backbone of IHOPE. While the big data analysis of health data can help us answer important clinical and public health research questions in eye health, data mining for economic-related information in EyeSmartTM will allow us to address relevant questions in health economics. The training program aims to train clinician-scientists in the core areas of the centre leading to the creation of a niche pool of clinically trained influential policy makers in health sector in India. The research tools developed at IHOPE will be useful for health policy beyond eye health, by replicating them in other fields of medicine.