Redefining Telemedicine Dynamics
Voice and Data|May 2017
Redefining Telemedicine Dynamics

Sensors, mobile app, cloud service and intervention are the major components of a telemedicine solution

 

Anusha Ashwin

For many years now, the incorporation of information technology and telecommunication in the field of medicine has broken grounds and is doing wonders. But, deploying those technologies do have limitations in a country like India where the medical infrastructure and facilities are categorized into many types. Currently, med-tech entrepreneurs are interested in developing cost-effective devices for Primary Health Centers, where majority of the Indian population seek medical assistance. As primary health care centers are largely ill-equipped in taking life-saving decisions, especially cardiovascular-related diagnosis, start-up entrepreneurs have found a large untapped market to develop IoT-based devices that can help doctors diagnose better.

Ashim Roy and Avin Agarwal are among those start-up entrepreneurs who saw tremendous opportunity in combining their information technology knowledge with medical technology to create an IoT device suited for primary health care centers.

Both Roy and Agarwal combined their expertise to form a healthcare diagnostics company called uber Diagnostics with Cardiotrack as their flagship product. The entrepreneurs incorporated the company in 2014 with a mission to reduce the cost of diagnosis through innovation in product design and enhancements in healthcare workflow. As the key challenges faced by healthcare providers include high cost of diagnostic equipment and lack of trained professionals, especially in semi-urban areas, uber Diagnostics is addressing both these issues through an evolved technology in medical electronics, data analytics, cloud storage and diagnostics workflow management. CoFounder Ashim Roy, shares the technology; working of the product, its reach; and future plans in an interaction with Voice&Data.

How it all began?

After spending 30 years in Australia, Canada and the US, Roy returned to India in early 2007. During his first year on comeback, he travelled extensively in rural parts of Karnataka for the deployment of e-Government services. While traveling, he learnt first-hand, the need for better primary care facilities, access and affordability for better healthcare services. “In India, healthcare technologies have remained largely disconnected from information technologies. This is one of the reasons healthcare technologies have not followed Moore’s Law that states that cost of technology comes down and performance improves by a factor of 2 every 18 months. For healthcare technologies and services to achieve this trend, IT has to be an integral part of any healthcare solution. Combination of healthcare and IT can do wonders to healthcare services and make healthcare affordable and accessible for all,” Roy begins expressing about the thinking behind uber Diagnostics.

Introducing uber Diagnostics further, Roy says, “In 2012, my Co-Founder Avin Agarwal and I were helping a group of NGOs. That chance meeting led to multiple discussions about healthcare, and finally led to the incorporation of Cardiotrack, on Valentine’s Day in 2014. Cardiotrack idea was the result of discussions between Avin Agarwal and researchers at St. Johns Research Institute in Bangalore. The problem Cardiotrack is trying to address is lack of diagnostics capabilities at primary healthcare centers (PHC) – equipment and expertise. Cardiotrack solves those problems by developing robust and clinical grade diagnostics platform that is easily portable and affordable and it allows diagnostics data to be shared instantaneously with a specialist hundreds of miles away.”

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