Category — Healthcare

India Prepares $28 Billion Plan to Develop Universal Healthcare

India will spend $28 billion to start up an ambitious universal healthcare scheme to provide drugs, diagnostic tests and insurance cover to all citizens. The Health Ministry is in the process of finalizing a note for the Union Cabinet with an aim to get its approval in the next two months.

The scheme under the National Health Assurance Mission, to be rolled out in a phased manner from April next year, will cover the entire population while taking care of their healthcare needs by March, 2019. The startup plan will be implemented in four carefully selected districts in each state.

“We are preparing the scheme since it involves a lot of preparatory activities. We hope to launch it from the year 2015-16 in a phased manner,” Additional Secretary Health C.K. Mishra said. He said once fully operational, all Indian citizens will get free medicines, drugs and diagnostic tests in all government as well as private medical establishments across the country.

They added that around  $13 billion will be spent annually under the scheme.

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October 30, 2014   No Comments

USAID and Mass General’s Camtech Host Med-Tech “Hackathon” in Bangalore

Two day intense programming projects or “hackathons” are quite common in the software business, but India hosted a first-of-a-kind medical device and healthcare project this year.

As part of a new, USAID-funded partnership with GE Healthcare India and Glocal Healthcare, CAMTech’s first ever healthcare Hackathon took place at GE’s R&D Center in Bangalore this summer.

With only forty eight hours to go from an idea to a prototype to a workable business model, the hackers worked late into the night. The event showed the potential of an exciting new approach to research and development: current-day technologies and healthcare systems were deconstructed and used to complement, or even replace, traditional devices in the context of a developing Indian market.  “The event is a new way of elevating the experience and know-how of local experts and using strategies from not just engineering, but also public health and business, to develop new tools to improve health,” said Elizabeth Bailey, Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital. “We’re focused on finding impactful, marketable, and easy-to-adopt ways to change the way we provide care to women and children.”

A Clinical Summit took place prior to the hackathon that brought together experts from the healthcare, engineering and business industries. The Summit identified 75 of the most pressing issues in Indian healthcare, highlighting the need for innovation in mother and child care in particular.

Prizes
The top three creations  were awarded monetary prizes along with the chance to see their idea carried further by CAMTech and GE Healthcare India. In addition to monetary prizes, the winners will also benefit from three years of support and office space at the Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center Healthcare Technology Incubator.

  • First prize, Rs. 250,000, went to a mobile application called BabySteps, which aids early diagnosis of developmental delays in children.
  • In second place, with a Rs. 150,000 reward came PEC-Dia, a measurement system developed to diagnose a condition called Cephalo Pelvic Disproportion (CPD, which occurs when the baby’s head is too large to pass through the mother’s pelvis).
  • In third place, with Rs. 75,000, was the Pregmatic, a wearable device that reminds pregnant women about important developmental milestones to be aware of throughout their pregnancy, at which they may need critical care.
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October 27, 2014   No Comments

India designed PET/CT System

The Discovery IQ, an advanced Positron Emission Tomography/ Computed Tomography  molecular imaging system designed in India for local and global markets was released earlier this year. The $15 million 3-year project included close collaborative development with Indian nuclear medicine physicians and oncologists. The new GE Discovery IQ PET/CT comes with advanced early disease detection capabilities as well as measurements to understand a patient’s response to cancer treatment. The final products costs 40% less than pre-existing solutions.

GE Healthcare India stated, “A state-of-the-art imaging center requires a PET/CT to scan the human body and a cyclotron to produce bio-markers that can light up cancer cells.” However, setting up of a molecular imaging center calls for an investment as high as $5 million. With the support of several Indian entrepreneurs, GE has built a robust network of cyclotrons to halve the investment required to set up a molecular imaging center.

GE  Discovery IQ Pet Scaner

The Discovery IQ Pet Scanner

The company claims that the Discover IQ  is scalable to fit the needs of the many Indian healthcare providers and is built on a platform that is upgradable on-site to meet the increasing demands of a typical fast growing Indian hospital.

As per a GE commissioned study, 70-80 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed late which renders any form of treatment less effective. Additionally, more than 60 percent of patients affected with cancer do not have access to quality cancer treatment.

Out of 400 cancer centers in India, 40 percent are not adequately equipped with advanced cancer care equipment such as Linear Accelerators. About 70 percent of them do not have molecular imaging technologies and rely on low-end computed tomography technologies to measure the effectiveness of treatment. This study further suggests India will need at least 650 additional cancer care centers to adequately meet patient requirements by 2020. India today has about 120 PET/CTs operational in the country whereas the required number is an estimated 1.300 units.

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October 27, 2014   No Comments

Carestream Dental Introduces Digital Intraoral Scanner to India

Carestream Dental launched the CS 3500 intraoral scanner in India last month.  The product is a portable (one pound), powder-free, 2D and 3D color intraoral scanner that provides practitioners with the information they need to create fixed restorations.

With the CS 3500, dental professionals can acquire digital images of patients’ teeth for restorative procedures. These true color images help dental professionals distinguish tooth structures and existing restorations from gingival tissue.

3D images are displayed at a resolution of 1024 x 768  to enable clinicians to identify anatomical features including margin lines, undercuts and contact points. The CS 3500 has a built-in heater that prevents the mirror from fogging during digital impression acquisitions, reducing the amount of time required for a single scan. The CS 3500 also features a light guidance system  so dentists can look at patients’ mouths directly.

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October 27, 2014   No Comments

Medtronic Launches Self-Adjusting Pacemaker in India

Medtronic Inc has launched its new cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P which includes AdaptivCRT software in India. The product received a CE mark in May 2014.

“The AdaptivCRT algorithm is unique in its ability to constantly adjust and preserve patients’ natural heart rhythms,” said Shamik Dasgupta, vice president, cardiac and vascular group, Medtronic India Private Limited. “This personalized therapy is likely to reduce the need for the patient to be frequently hospitalized and the menace of stroke which needs emergency medical attention. Both these are significant issues in India and will prove to be of great value to patients,” he added.

The company states that Viva CRT-P features diagnostics tools such as OptiVol Fluid Status Monitoring and Cardiac Compass Report which provide insight into a patient’s physiological condition. These tools identify patients at risk for re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge.

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October 27, 2014   No Comments