According to Sharmila Devadoss, Founder and Managing Director of healthcare startup MedloTek Health Systems, COVID-19 has proved to be a turning point for the healthcare sector in the country. "The pandemic has led to behavioural change across markets as stakeholders realise the value of easy data collection and operational efficiencies."
From Yourstory Research HI 2020 Startup Funding Report
|Company||No of Live States||Brief About the Company|
|1||Aryan||2||Video||A Made in India rapidly scalable, low cost, 100% recycle, Emergency Hostpital Bed - That can 200Kgs weights but weight only 10kgs.|
|2||Vincense||1||Video||Data-driven pre-screening risk detection methodology for COVID-19|
|3||PHFI||Video||low cost, reusable, 3D printed mask; A1-based hand-held rapid screening device; Last-mile head logistics platform|
|4||VAPCARE||3||Video||An automated, closed-lcx'p secretion clearance system for ventilated patients that reduces number of cross-infection|
|5||Cure All Medicare OPC||1||Video||Manufacturer of reusable and sterilizable face shields and incubating hoods|
|6||Ambu Bag Ventilators||Video||Developer of Ambu Bag Ventilators Which are cost effective|
New Delhi: Leif Johansson, Chairman of the Board, AstraZeneca Plc during his three day visit to India, announced a mile-stone expansion of the company’s strategic collaborations to address the rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) in India. The new partnerships with Indian and Swedish partners aspire to the ambitions of the India-Sweden Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future, as agreed upon last year by Indian Prime Minister Modi and Swedish Prime Minister Löfven.
At the India-Sweden Unnati healthcare 2.0 day, the company and its partners, Business Sweden, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Atal Innovation Mission-Niti Aayog and AGNIi, announced the finalists of the Unnati Healthcare Innovation Challenge. At the same time, AstraZeneca launched a strategic partnership with the NASSCOM IoT Centre of Excellence to set up an accelerator programme to support Indian start-ups develop new innovative solutions to NCD care in India and beyond.
Unnati is based on the spirit of India Sweden Joint Declaration on Innovation Partnership for Sustainable Future to create on-the-ground collaboration through user-case driven innovation challenges. As part of this challenge, 90+ healthcare start-ups participated from all over India. The finalists were invited to present their ideas at the Unnati Healthcare 2.0 day. The selected winners among the finalists will be receiving mentorship support from AstraZeneca, which will contribute its unique healthcare domain expertise with the aim of helping the finalists bring their solutions to market.
AstraZeneca also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NASSCOM- Centre of Excellence, Internet of Things for a Health Tech Start-up Accelerator Programme and Incubation Centre in Bangalore. NASSCOM – CoE IoT was launched as part of Government of India’s Digital India Initiative to help the country achieve a leadership role in the convergent areas of hardware and software. Under this collaboration, AstraZeneca and NASSCOM will incubate start-ups in bringing innovative and frugal solutions that can help in the management of NCDs. Selected startups will have access to NASSCOM’s innovation labs, development resources, cloud services and mentoring support from NASSCOM and AstraZeneca including the opportunity to showcase their innovations in national and global platforms where the latter can showcase their products or services.
Commenting on these initiatives, Leif Johansson, Chairman of the Board, AstraZeneca PLC said, “As a science-led organisation, AstraZeneca is committed to strengthen innovation in healthcare in India. We are pleased to collaborate with the government, start-up eco-system and industry partners to achieve the shared vision of making meaningful interventions in improving the lives of patients impacted by Non-Communicable diseases in India.”
Patient-monitoring wearables are steadily increasing in popularity, due to their ability to monitor health in real time continuously throughout the day, in or out of a medical setting. Devices can be in a number of form factors, ranging from wristbands and chest straps to patches and digestibles, and can be used by patients who suffer from a medical issue. Devices include blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, and fatigue monitors.
Patient-monitoring wearables are healthcare certified and monitor a patient’s vitals, sending them to a gateway device, such as a smartphone, and then to the cloud. From here, a medical professional accesses the information, allowing them to make treatment decisions and be alerted to any alterations in the patient’s health as they happen, meaning further issues can be prevented. Data from these devices can be automatically uploaded to the electronic medical record (EMR) directly, ensuring that a patient’s record is kept up to date. This allows all of the collected information to be used for any subsequent health issues, giving doctors the ability to see the patient’s full health history. The devices are usually prescribed to patients by their doctor. Reimbursement from medical providers or insurers is often available for these devices, depending on the patient and the type of device.
ABI Research categorizes these wearables into two overarching market segments: remote patient monitoring and on-site professional healthcare monitoring. Remote patient-monitoring wearables enable the monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings (e.g. in the home), which help to extend access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs. On-site professional healthcare monitoring wearables enable the monitoring of patients in a conventional clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor’s office. These devices allow medical staff to constantly monitor the vitals of a number of patients within the hospital, alerting them to any issues that arise.
Speaking to The Goan, a representative from the Bangalore-based company Bangalore Medical Systems Pvt Ltd (BMS) said the vehicle will prove to be of importance especially in a state like Goa. “So far this type of emergency service is found in states like Maharashtra and Karnataka, where it is doing a good job. Here in Goa too it will prove to be very important especially with narrow roads that make it difficult for a four-wheeled ambulance to rush to the spot of emergency,” he said. Sold under the RMS Motors tag, BMS has agreed to provide 22 motorcycle ambulances. On a pilot basis, BMS has delivered one ambulance to the state.
The motorcycle ambulance (150 cc bike) has a special box strapped to the back of the vehicle that contains the medical equipment. It contains an automated external defibrillator, a first-aid kit, an IV set, a wireless monitoring system along with oxygen cylinders, entonox cylinder (containing a mixture of medical nitrous oxide and oxygen). The first-aid kit contains a CPR mask, stethoscope, and laryngoscopes. The representative also said that people operating the service will be well trained. The ambulance on wheels is expected to reach the site of the emergency in a matter of five minutes and depending on the seriousness of the emergency, a 108 ambulance will be requisitioned.
Summary: The device, VinCense Wireless Health Monitoring System (WHMS) is essentially a gadget that is worn on the wrist. The wearables wrist device records the vital signs of the patient, and transfers it to a secure cloud application through internet. It will always help doctors and patients communicate well, despite geographical distances. To avoid such emergencies, the WHMS was created and launched,” Sharmila added. CHENNAI: Medio Tek Health Systems has launched a device that may prove to be a game changer in the delivery of healthcare.
CHENNAI: Medio Tek Health Systems has launched a device that may prove to be a game changer in the delivery of healthcare. The device, VinCense Wireless Health Monitoring System (WHMS) is essentially a gadget that is worn on the wrist. WHMS has three components: first being the physical device, second is an android application and the third is the web interface. The device wirelessly records parameters like body temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, Electrocardiogram (ECG), respiratory rate, blood glucose level etc.
The wearables wrist device records the vital signs of the patient, and transfers it to a secure cloud application through internet. The same can then be viewed by doctors, if and when they are allowed access. “If a patient is in pain, the device can also detect that, and also the degree of pain. If there is an emergency, an SMS alert will be sent to five configured numbers; it may be a doctor, a relative of the patient and or the ambulance service.
MedloTek Health Systems, incorporated in 2016, is a unique startup that has leveraged technology to improve the quality of life for the masses. It has pioneered affordable medical care through an advanced remote patient monitoring platform integrating India’s first clinical grade wearables wireless health monitoring system – VinCense, providing efficient care for patients, unobtrusively and non-invasively.
“Considering the high cost of quality care today and its inaccessibility to the common man, we aim to transform and democratize healthcare delivery and management by developing mobile health technology that enables patients, senior citizens and persons suffering from chronic heart/lung diseases enjoy an improved quality of life at an affordable cost,” says Sharmila C Ganesan, Founder and Managing Director. Sharmila has over two decades of experience at leading positions in various engineering and managerial roles. She has won many accolades for her achievements in domains such as digital health, embedded systems and semiconductor IP.
VinCense WHMS featured in European Respiratory Journal Publication
In the future, diagnostic devices will be able to monitor a patient’s physiological or biochemical parameters continuously, under natural physiological conditions and in any environment through wearables biomedical sensors. Together with apps that capture and interpret data, and integrated enterprise and cloud data repositories, the networks of wearables devices and body area networks will constitute the healthcare’s Internet of Things. In this review, four main areas of interest for respiratory healthcare are described: pulse oximetry, pulmonary ventilation, activity tracking and air quality assessment. Although several issues still need to be solved, smart wearables technologies will provide unique opportunities for the future or personalised respiratory medicine.
MedIoTek Health Systems participated at the 2nd edition of the Wadhwani Research Centre for Bioengineering (WRCB) annual Industry Day that was held at IIT Bombay on September 8, 2017 along with the other medical and healthcare leaders. Our Managing Director Ms. Sharmila Devadoss were among the panelists who provided their inputs on “Point of care and wearables Diagnostics - the next big wave”
The event saw a gathering of eminent people including innovators, industry experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, medical practitioners and government representatives who are focused on converting a proof-of-concept to a marketable product.
Besides MedIoTek, Abbott, AMTZ, Bio- Medicon Systems, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Pulse Pharmaceuticals, Biopore Surgicals, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, SRL Diagnostics were some of the other participants at the event. The impact of point of care and wearables diagnostics in empowering the healthcare, elderly care and chronic disease management were discussed during a panel discussion.
The role of wearables and point of care devices in improving patient outcomes, early intervention of diseases and skill- infrastructure gaps were discussed. The wearables proves to be a great aid in care delivery in the socio economic angle perspective, which makes them suitable for use in low and middle income countries to provide high quality care delivery at an affordable cost which is difficult at present due to increased cost of care delivery, thus aiding in democratization of health care.
Announce Joint Marketing Agreement
CHENNAI, INDIA, October 17, 2017 – Avnet (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, and MedIoTek Health Systems, announce a joint marketing agreement to promote MedIoTek’s VinCense remote patient monitoring system. Under the agreement, Avnet will engage its broad network of key ecosystem suppliers and providers in the industry to help market MedIoTek products and solutions.
Advancements in technologies have stimulated the adoption of wearables devices in the healthcare industry. The VinCense system features a wearables that measures pulse rate, oxygen saturation, respiration rate and skin temperature, complemented by an application that sends out alerts to five pre-configured numbers if the vitals go out of range. A web-interface captures vital signs wirelessly and pushes into a secure cloud application.
MedIoTek Health Systems participated in the annual meeting of Heart Rescue India - “Heart Rescue India Community Services Program” held at Ramaiah Medical College on 29th & 30th Oct 2017. Our MD, Ms. Sharmila Devadoss attended the program on behalf of our company. She has also been made a member of the advisory panel for Heart Rescue India.
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, MSR Advanced Learning Centre, University of Illinois at Chicago and Medtronic are the key partners in Heart Rescue India. The program is a first-of-its-kind, US$4.4 million collaborative effort funded by Medtronic Philanthropy that supports community-based demonstration projects designed to expand access to life-saving interventions for cardiovascular events such as heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. http://www.heartrescueproject.com/heartrescue-project-partners/international-partners/heartrescue-global-india/
The plan is to work with local and national partners to design an integrated and scalable emergency response system using community health responders, 108 emergency dispatch, and designated hub and spoke hospitals by establishing help desks across the cities for risk screening. VinCense Health Screening Platform (www.vincense.com) that can measure pulse rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, skin temperature, BP, blood glucose level and weight wirelessly and automatically, will be used in the help desks for risk screening the individuals visiting the hospitals. Besides, it also helps in maintaining a database registry for patients with cardiac diseases, so that the continuum of care is not lost. Particularly useful in the hub and spoke model and also useful for longitudinal studies to analyze the impact of pre-screening of NCDs.
The Annual Meeting saw a gathering of eminent doctors and specialists from various hospitals, Government of Karnataka, Civil Defence, Red Cross, NSS and schools in the vicinity. It included various sessions ranging from open house presentations to round table discussions focussing on risk screening and community and school outreach programs to create awareness towards cardiac diseases.
Prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has created a history by developing the algorithm for the country's first medical-grade, wearable device with algorithms for deriving vitals in a non-invasive manner.
It’s yet another feather in the cap of IIT Madras! Prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has created a history by developing the algorithm for the country’s first medical-grade, wearable device with algorithms for deriving vitals in a non-invasive manner. This device is called VinCense, and it is loaded with algorithms to derive vitals non-invasively and unobtrusive monitoring for effective healthcare delivery.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is initiating an alliance called 'Digital Wellbeing Alliance' to deploy digital technologies with the objective of making Chennai the 'Digital Wellbeing Capital' of the world.
The Institute will use its expertise in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, IoT and Motion Capture Technology to work for the wellbeing of the community, specifically the young workforce and weaker sections of the society.
The alliance was inaugurated today, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at IIT Madras by Dr Ram D Sriram, a renowned AI and healthcare expert and is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US federal government.
Speaking about the importance of this workshop, Prof M Manivannan, Biomedical Engineering Group, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras, who organized this alliance, said, "There are many issues that only an alliance can solve. We will brainstorm to identify those issues in this workshop. This alliance is spearheaded by several passionate people, apart from me, including Prof D Janakiram of IIT Madras, Sridharan Sivan of S10 Health Solutions, Sharmila Devadas of MedioTek Health Systems, Subbarao of Chola MS Risk, again emphasizing alliance of people rather than individuals.
The stakeholders of this alliance would be academic institutions such as all the IITs, Health technology companies, medical device makers, digital health players, medical institutions, corporate firms, Government bodies such as NITI Aayog and Certifying/Regulating agencies. The Global Alliance is an initiative of IIT Madras along with Industrial partners, hospitals, and global thought leaders.
This alliance is intended to improve quality of life for healthcare providers and seekers and to leverage India's strength to enhance global health and wellness care.
The alliance has its own blockchain which is a decentralized platform that enables secure, fast and transparent exchange and usage of medical data with smart contracts. With the blockchain technology, the community end user is at the centre of the digital transformation of healthcare and is empowered with the right of his/her own data.
The Wellbeing Paradigm will determine India's Gross domestic product (GDP) in the future. Wellbeing of a community, beyond eating healthy food and exercises, will be determined by many other factors.
This alliance would work to foster market-driven innovation, to enhance skill development, to protect intellectual property and develop best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure, spawn new products and services around Industry 4.0. This alliance enables cooperation of all stakeholders through blockchain for setting policy, standards and regulatory framework.
The focus would be on Culture of Wellbeing, Interoperability, Data privacy, Cyber security, Policy, Consumer engagement and Evidence and Evaluation. The alliance will be a great platform to drive the global penetration for the thriving health tech start-up community.
A workshop that followed the inaugural function included eminent speakers including Prof Amar Gupta from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr Julian Goldman from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Dr Amit Sheth from Wright State University, Dr Soundar Kumara from Penn State University, and Prof D Janakiram, IIT Madras.
A panel discussion in the workshop will be moderated by Dr Vinod Abraham, professor and head of Community Health, CMC Vellore.