Challenges faced
“We have done image processing using Matlab tool. We made an executable file using Matlab, which runs on a Windows standalone application. Selecting pixels increases the accuracy of testing, which is presently not achieved by wavelength comparison,” informs the team.

On the kind of difficulties faced, they say, “Being engineers, it was very difficult for us to develop a system that is healthcare based. One needs to do a research on even the most basic facets of medicine and consult a doctor for each and every change that one plans to make in the current system.”

Similar products in the market
The kit developers say, “There are definitely many fully automatic and semi-automatic analysers available in the market that can diagnose these diseases, but they are expensive, immobile, and require low temperature for operation, specialised reagents to perform tests and an expert technician to operate them. With Swasthya Sanjivani we plan to solve these issues.” The cost of Swasthya Sanjivani kit is Rs 180,000.

In the pipeline
The kit has passed testing successfully and received very positive feedback from some of the doctors and the pathology labs that the team has consulted. This has encouraged the team to improve the system even further.

“We are planning a newer version of the kit that is completely electronic and a pill box with Internet connectivity so as to monitor the patient’s performance on cloud. We are in negotiation with various NPOs and NGOs to reach out to the people who need our kit the most. We have developed various business models of the kit and pill box and plan to market them separately for different target audiences,” the developers say.

“We have already filed a patent to the present version of the solution. The patent covers the idea, design of the kit and the pill box, and the software of the solution.”

The author is a tech correspondent at EFY Bengaluru


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