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The heart of the matter from the Cardiotrack point of view

The heart of the matter from the Cardiotrack point of view

Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a leading cause of death in spite of the many advances made by medical science and technology. This statement is even more worrying when one looks at the heart health landscape of South Asia. According to Stanford Health Care people from this geography which comprises Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives are four times more likely to get a heart attack before the age of 50.

Cardiotrack’s arrival and evolution could not have come at a more opportune time. By pioneering preventive cardiac care in India, it is on track to creating awareness about how critical damage to the heart is avoidable.

This cardiac care platform provides clinical grade readings on an Android smartphone to which it is connected via Bluetooth. But that’s just the beginning, because Cardiotrack is powered with AI capabilities which can make a diagnosis. A senior doctor at the well-respected Fortis Hospital in Delhi, India has certified these diagnoses as precise and accurate.

Cardiotrack AI can filter out abnormal scans, make automated and unbiased diagnoses and even detect rare conditions like Brugada Pattern.

The combination of IoT and AI makes Cardiotrack’s technology cutting edge and relevant in a world where there are too few cardiologists far too many patients.

Operational efficiency in cardiac care is another area that is desperately in need of a reboot. This in turn is closely tied to trust in the overall healthcare system which has in recent years taken a significant beating. By bringing in unbiased and accurate diagnosis, AI completely levels the playing field. Immediate benefits include scheduling of patients based on criticality and ensuring that the cardiologist’s time is well used.

With a robust database of scans that is growing at a considerable pace, Cardiotrack also offers heart health professionals valuable data on cardiac conditions that can lead to innovations in treatment. It is time to ensure that technology upends the scourge of heart diseases.

The little box that saved a life

The little box that saved
a life

In the village of Gudageri, Taluk Kundagol, District Dharwad in Karnataka – far, far away from the sophistication of city medical care lived a poor farmer Hajaresab Rajesab Killedar. Like many of his kind he was a compulsive smoker and did not consider that it could kill him.

Luckily for him, the medical clinic closest to the village is run by Dr Mahesh Gadiginmath, who is a strong believer in the capabilities of his @Cardiotrack ECG monitor (http://cardiotrack.io/).

Dr Mahesh sees about 30-40 patients per day in his tiny clinic. Hajaresab’s village has a population of about 10,000. People from nearby villages also come to his clinic. The doctor told me that he sends patients requiring critical care to hospitals nearby. And so it was with Hajaresab. When he came to see the doctor he was sweating and complained of chest pain. The doctor immediately hooked him up to @Cardiotrack. The AI (artificial intelligence) component in the device immediately and accurately diagnosed the problem as inferior wall myocardial infarction.

Hajaresab was rushed to the nearest hospital in Hubbali town and a life was saved. @Cardiotrack co-founders @Avin Agarwal and @Ashim Roy have always passionately believed in the tremendous possibilities of the device. Dr Mahesh says that of the many patients he sees every month at least 12 or more have serious heart problems.

You do the math.

Preventive cardiac care is the only effective way to ensure that cardiovascular diseases do not continue to orphan families. Hajaresab’s family has felt the full force of this. As for Dr Mahesh, he refers to @Cardiotrack’s AI capabilities as ‘my friend’.

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Cardiotrack expands to Gujarat

Cardiotrack expands to
Gujarat

Bengaluru-based start-up, Cardiotrack, has expanded its presence to Gujarat. The company has partnered with Star Hospitals, a multi-speciality hospital chain based in Ahmedabad to deliver real-time diagnostic solutions in Gujarat. This expansion, makes Cardiotrack a Pan-India provider of AI-based cardiac care solutions.

The partnership with Star Hospitals is an attempt to address the growing concern with regard to heart disease, and deliver cardiac solutions that are real-time and preventive in nature.

Speaking on the partnership, Dr Bhavesh Thakkar, Interventional Cardiologist, Star Hospital said, “Cardiotrack will put Star Hospital on the path to proactive preventive cardiac care. With the high number of cardiovascular cases in the country, India strongly needs preventive methods to save lives and families. With Cardiotrack, we are working towards creating a more heart healthy population in Gujarat.”

Cardiotrack will be deployed across all Star Hospitals’ centres. Cardiotrack’s hand-held IoT device, that is driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI), will capture clinical grade ECG data using cutting-edge technology and ensure data portability through smart android-based devices.

Ashim Roy, Co-Founder and CEO, Cardiotrack said, “Heart diseases continue to be one of the main causes of death, globally and across age groups. 50 per cent of these deaths can be averted if the delay in seeking the right medical advice is reduced. The best way to achieve this is preventive care and early diagnosis. We at Cardiotrack, pride ourselves for providing accurate and timely diagnosis for all cardiac related issues. The testimony of our endeavour stems from the fact that Cardiotrack, today, is present across India with leading hospitals adopting our technology to address the challenges in cardiac care. The partnership with Star Hospitals, is a step towards making cardiac care accessible to a larger number of people and thereby, save lives.”

Headquartered in Singapore, Cardiotrack has a presence in over 15 countries including Myanmar, Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania, Norway, Canada and Argentina among other countries. Their pocket sized device has been well received by hospitals and primary health centres in Tier II cities and rural areas.

Cardiotrack partners with Star Hospitals for AI-based solutions in cardiac care as it expands to Gujarat

Cardiotrack partners with Star Hospitals for AI-based solutions in cardiac care as it expands to Gujarat

Bangalore-based start-up, Cardiotrack, which provides best-in-class predictive diagnosis for cardiovascular diseases has expanded its presence to Gujarat. It has partnered with Star Hospitals, a multi-speciality hospital chain based in Ahmedabad to deliver real-time diagnostic solutions in Gujarat.

According to a Census India report, over 24% of deaths among men and 19% of deaths among women were due to cardiovascular diseases in Gujarat. More people die of heart diseases than respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, and cancer put together. In fact, Gujarat has a rich and developed urban culture because of the mercantile nature of its society. The people are prone to heart disease due to their affinity towards sweets and fried foods.

The partnership with Star Hospitals is an attempt to address the growing concern with regard to heart disease, and deliver cardiac solutions that are real-time and preventive in nature. Cardiotrack will be deployed across all Star Hospitals’ centres. Its hand-held IoT device, that is driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI), will capture clinical grade ECG data using cutting-edge technology and ensure data portability through smart android-based devices.

Speaking on the partnership, Dr Bhavesh Thakkar, Interventional Cardiologist, Star Hospital said,” Cardiotrack will put Star Hospital on the path to proactive preventive cardiac care. With the high number of cardiovascular cases in the country, India strongly needs preventive methods to save lives and families. With Cardiotrack, we are working towards creating a more heart healthy population in Gujarat.”

Ashim Roy, Co-Founder and CEO, Cardiotrack said, “Heart diseases continue to be one of the main causes of death, globally and across age groups. 50% of these deaths can be averted if the delay in seeking the right medical advice is reduced. The best way to achieve this is preventive care and early diagnosis.

We would provide accurate and timely diagnosis for all cardiac related issues. The testimony of our endeavour stems from the fact that Cardiotrack, today, is present across India with leading hospitals adopting our technology to address the challenges in cardiac care. The partnership with Star Hospitals, is a step towards making cardiac care accessible to a larger number of people and thereby, save lives, he added.

Headquartered in Singapore, Cardiotrack has a presence in over 15 countries including Myanmar, Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania, Norway, Canada and Argentina among other countries. Their pocket sized device has been well received by hospitals and primary health centres in Tier 2 cities and rural areas.

The expanding footprint of med-tech startups in India

The expanding footprint of med-tech startups in India

Indian healthcare industry is marred by many factors such as affordability, awareness and availability, making health services accessible to very few. In such a scenario, technology is proving to be a great leveler.

Medical technology innovations are making modern health-care accessible, available and affordable to all by lowering the cost of the product and delivery. Though the market for medical technology in India is still quite small, many startups are leading by example. Here’s look at some of these med-tech startups that have changed the face of Indian healthcare industry and witnessing rapid growth expanding their footprint.

Cardiotrack

Bangalore-based Cardiotrack provides predictive diagnosis for cardiovascular diseases. Using Cardiotrack’s technology and AI platform, doctors can detect heart health problems accurately, consult specialists, refer and track patients, maintain medical history and start the intervention process.

The Cardiotrack device was launched in September 2015 and their devices have been deployed across India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Mexico and U.S.A. Major reason for getting traction in the market has been affordability, ease of use and mobility that the product renders to its users.

The startup has been expanding rapidly to address the growing concern with regard to heart disease, and deliver cardiac solutions that are real-time and preventive in nature. It recently partnered with Star Hospitals, a multi-speciality hospital chain based in Ahmedabad to deliver real-time diagnostic solutions in Gujarat. This expansion, makes Cardiotrack a Pan-India provider of AI-based cardiac care solutions.

Medlife

Another med-tech startup that has created a customer base of one million customers in a short span of just over two years is e-pharmacy Medlife.

The largest online pharmacy in India is on an aggressive expansion strategy to scale up its business to over 100 cities by 2018. In line with this, Medlife also plans to invest $30 Mn over next 12 months to expand its presence in India.

“We plan to create a simple ecosystem for patients, which can solve most – if not all – their pain points that exist today. Our target is to grow by at least 10 times within the next three years. With certain exciting launches that we will be announcing soon, Medlife is poised to revolutionise India’s healthcare & pharmaceutical industry in the near future,” said Tushar Kumar, CEO, Medlife.

In 2014, Medlife started out with its e-pharmacy business and gradually diversified into 24X7 e-consultation and laboratory services. Today, it offers an array of app-based healthcare-related services across India. For customers who are not digitally savvy, the company also has the option of call-to- order services.

Forus Health

Founded in 2010 by a group of engineers with the goal to eradicate avoidable blindness, Forus Health has built an imaging platform called 3nethra, a portable device for screening common eye problems.

With the help of IoT, the startup conducts remote diagnosis. The images are screened in remote locations and doctors in towns and cities grade them and the patient gets the report back in their respective locations — all this happens over the Cloud.