About us

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.

 IHOPE Collaborators

About LVPEI

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.

About IIMA

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

About IIPH

Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad (IIPH) under the aegis of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) commenced its activities on July 1, 2008

Key Objectives

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.