Sixth Call Awardees

Hand Cranked Rugged and Affordable Defibrillators for low resource settings.

Anirudha Atre

Jeevtronics (P) Ltd., Pune

Ashish Gawade

Jeevtronics (P) Ltd., Pune

The Problem:

1.8 million of 2.2 million death causes surveyed, occurred due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in low and middle income countries. India has over 660,000 sudden cardiac deaths annually. This must be done within first ten minutes post-SCA high.

The Solution:

Project aims to develop a Defibrillator, based on hand crank generator mechanism that charges high voltage capacitor to 2000 V within 12 seconds of easy cranking, which has been patented. The charging circuit converts 200 J of energy from hand crank or grid and stores it into the capacitor eliminating need for a battery. Both charging as well as discharging circuit has also been patented. The system also integrates converting ECG signals to audio in addition to regular graphic presentation.

Modular diagnosis of cervical cancer utilizing smartphone diagnostics and artificial intelligence

Adarsh Natrajan

Aindra Systems (P) Ltd., Bangalore

Louis Auguste

Alexpath, NY

The Problem:

India has more than a third of the global incidences of Cervical Cancers (~140,000) as well as mortalities (~74,000). This number indicates that one woman dies every 7 minutes in India due to a disease that is completely curable, if only detected early.

The Solution:

The proposal aims to build a modular device for the diagnosis of cervical cancer which will be an affordable and portable, 'point-of-care' Cervical Cancer Screening tool, to automate the analysis of the PAP smear slides. The slides are stained, scanned, digitized and then analysed using computer algorithms to triage them into normal, suspect and abnormal samples. The images are then sent over a Tele-pathology medium to pathologists for further confirmations and recommendations.

Wireless sensor based wearable device for heart disease management.

Ravi Bhogu

Monitra Healthcare (P) Ltd, Hyderabad

Joseph S. Menezes

DuPont, Sunnyvale, CA

The Problem:

Non availability of wireless wearable device for cardiac patients as a replacement of conventional ECG and Holter device resulting in an unpredictable cardiac arrhythmia onset, along with presence of asymptomatic events leading to poor patient compliance and improper evaluation of collected data.

The Solution:

The proposal aims to develop a wireless wearable device for cardiac patients as a replacement of conventional ECG and Holter device. The proposed device is claimed to be significantly, cheaper leading to enhance affordability and improved user experience and compliance. It is proposed to use a single patch made of breathable polymeric material with long lasting adhesion to capture the signal, which otherwise are sensed through multiple locations in the body, using conventional protocols.

Fetal monitoring tool for grassroots level healthcare workers.

Balaji Teegala

Brun Health (P) Ltd, New Delhi

Ivan Tzvetanov

The Problem:

India has made significant progress in maternal and child health. Unfortunately the country lags behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals - 5 targets of skilled attendance around birth. Lack of skilled workers has contributed to nearly 330,000 stillbirths among other morbidities. India has roughly 900,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and 200,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs). These workers are tasked with ensuring that pregnant women remain healthy, deliver safely and take appropriate care of new-borns. Currently they have limited tools at their disposal for monitoring fetal wellbeing.

The Solution:

The aim is to develop a fetal monitoring tool that captures the fetal heart rate. The device to perform a Non-Stress Test on any pregnant woman in any location. The target device will monitor the variability of the fetal heart rate over the course of a 20 minute ante-natal check-up. The ASHA or ANM worker can be given daily updates on pregnancies in her village through a simple SMS on her mobile phone.