BioAsia Healthcare Devthon

  • About the Event
  • Outcomes
  • Media Coverage
  • Participating Oganisations
  • Opportunities and challenges

Introduction

The BioAsia Healthcare Devthon which started on January 10, concluded on February 4th, with the showcase phase at Hyderabad International Convention Centre during the 2015 BioAsia conference. In this phase, teams took the opportunity to present their prototypes to a wide audience of individuals and organizations from the life sciences and healthcare fields.

Of the 7 prototypes, 3 teams took home the grant totaling ₹2,00,000/-


Here’s a gist of the 3 teams that bagged the grant.

G-Mode
An algorithm that converts gray scale ultrasound images into colour graphics making ultrasound based diagnosis more accurate and efficient. The software is optimized to provide a dynamic view of ultrasound images allowing users to highlight regions in an image, filter by color, filter by region, magnify a region or highlight portions of an image.

Smart Peak Flow Meter
An asthma management compliance with an electronic peak flow meter that can be low cost and work with the cell phone using the microphone and light source. It is a low cost portable electronic device that comes with an app which records history of readings for further analysis without the patient having to take note of the readings.

Self feeding utensil for amputees
A low cost easy-to-use end-to-end system that assists individuals with permanent movement problems to feed themselves without struggling for coordination. It assists individuals with cerebral palsy and motor neuron diseases who face a hard time feeding themselves and are dependent on someone to help.


Healthcare Innovation Cell - Ministry of Health & Family Welfare - Government of Telangana

Apollo Hospitals

Kamineni LifeSciences

D Labs - ISB

TBI - BITS Pilani

HY-SEA

LVPEI

Hyderabad Hackers

 

Opportunities and challenges that can pave the way to healthcare technologies

Overview
India is the second largest country by population. The latest Human Development Report released by the United Nations Development Programme in Tokyo on July 24, 2014 has ranked India 135 in a list of 187 countries. The Human Development Index takes into account long-term progress in three areas — a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

The need for healthcare structure in the country is at its highest with the continuing increase in population. Advances in medicine are responsible for no more than half of the observed improvement in health indices.

As India’s population has grown, healthcare has become one of the country’s largest sectors, both in terms of revenue and employment – and its growth is slated to continue. Estimates project that the current US $40 billion Indian healthcare industry will grow to US $280 billion by 2020.

Areas of focus and opportunities
Digital Health and Healthcare IT
Medical Electronics and Devices
Rapid Diagnostics

Challenges & Opportunities

  • Patient compliance monitoring
  • App-enabled support groups for chronic conditions
  • Innovations in patient data portability and retrieval
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Cell-phone based diagnostics
  • Appointment scheduling and doctor referrals
  • Low cost, robust medical and diagnostic devices that can function in resource-poor settings
  • Telemedicine models
  • Cell-phone based applications for ordering pharmacy
  • Cell-phone based applications for medicine compliance
  • Retinal Scans / Eye Scans
  • Skin diagnosis/Trichology diagnosis like a derma app
  • Eyesight measurement
  • A quick patient profile creator for Doctors to track and maintain
  • Medicine barcode scanner and layman explainator.
  • Better atmosphere monitoring system in patient’s room for fast recovery.
  • Affordable and reliable devices for maternal and neonatal healthcare
  • Using advances in medical imaging technology to make ultrasound based diagnosis more accurate and efficient, inadvertently reducing the cost of medical devices and equipment.
  • Another underlying challenge for any problem statement is to know what portion of the solution is going to be cloud enabled (think storing data in a cloud server) and what portion of their solution is in the handheld/portable medical device.
  • Using non invasive circulatory biomarkers CBMs (exosomes, cell free DNA) to enable real-time monitoring of cancers and other pathological conditions. 
  • Telemedicine Services for better reach in rural areas.
  • Low cost endoscopy using cellphone camera and light source
  • Asthma management compliance with an electronic peak flow meter that can be low cost and work with the cell phone using the microphone and light source
  • Biggest problem rural India faces is potable (drinking) water & Urban population faces alcoholism and preventable aspects. Enough tools are available, but we are shunning ourselves in the name of apps?

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