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The Doctor Will See You Now

The Doctor Will See You Now

Arun Jaitley and Jeff Bezos

Searching the vast Internet, I was unable to find a site or a news item where India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos are mentioned together. And, yet as I got up this morning, both were on my mind because they have both decided to do something about making healthcare more affordable for people from low income families in two of the world’s largest democracies.

As part of the India’s 2018 Budget, Arun Jaitley announced a health insurance plan for 500 million low income citizens of India. Almost at the same time, Jeff Bezos announced low cost healthcare services to many of people in USA who are finding it increasingly difficult to get healthcare services.

Is this a coincidence? Or is this caused by super blue blood moon of 2018? We will never know.

And, look at the contrasting public health spending in these two countries – Present public healthcare spending in the USA is USD 4800 per citizen, while in India the figure is USD 26 per citizen. From public healthcare spending point of view, these two countries are almost two ends of the spectrum. It turns out that no healthcare system in any country is perfect, barring Singapore which has less population than a suburb of Bangalore. Common problems faced by healthcare planners are:

– Huge imbalance in demand (number of patients) and supply (physicians, specialists, care facility and infrastructure)

– High concentration of healthcare infrastructure in urban centers thus leaving a significant population base with very few care facilities

– Sharp increase in chronic disease patients

– High cost to the society due to avoidable invasive procedures

– Distance to diagnostics centers and tertiary care facilities

– Many avoidable deaths and huge loss of productivity due to delayed diagnosis

The root cause of these problems is the fact that significant investments have gone into technologies and infrastructure for tertiary care and decline of primary care or care close to home. Both Jaitley and Bezos have proposed plans that almost identical in their approach to address the healthcare problems in India and the USA:

– Better healthcare services at home or closer to home. In India, the emphasis is to improve primary care significantly. In the US, the approach is greater use of tele-medicine

– Success of both these plans depend on better use of technologies to deliver better care outcomes and reduce cost to the beneficiaries

What Jaitley and Bezos need is greater use of IoT and AI to make this happen. Companies like Cardiotrack and American Well are likely beneficiaries of these initiatives. These companies have demonstrated how technology can be deployed to optimally use available resources and drive down costs and provide better health outcomes.

Congratulations – @arunjaitley and @JeffBezos for your bold move to provide better healthcare to people who can least afford it. This is nation building at its best.

Cardiotrack to Partner with Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon

Cardiotrack to Partner with Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon

Business Wire India

Bangalore-based start-up, Cardiotrack, which provides best-in-class predictive diagnosis for cardiovascular diseases announced today that it has expanded its presence in North India with its partnership with Gurgaon based multi-speciality hospital, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon. This expansion will consolidate Cardiotrack’s position as a leading provider of AI-based cardiac care solutions.

Cardiovascular-related deaths continue to be a cause for concern in India. More people die of heart diseases than respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, and cancer put together.

The partnership with Paras Hospitals is the right step forward to address the growing concern with regard to heart disease, and deliver cardiac solutions that are real-time and preventive in nature. A life saved from cardiovascular diseases is a family saved.

Speaking on the partnership, Dr. D.K. Jhamb, Director & HOD, Cardiology, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon said, “We are delighted to partner with Cardiotrack to reach out to a wide spectrum of population in Gurgaon and surrounding areas. By providing them with excellent preventive cardiac care we are working hard to ensure that the number of cardiovascular deaths is brought down.”

Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon has consistently noticed a steady rate of increase in the number of patients with heart problems in the scans that are done across their different hospitals. And the hospital chain is looking to reverse this worrying trend.

Cardiotrack will be deployed across all Paras centres. The 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% 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 on providing accurate and timely diagnosis for all cardiac related issues. Currently, Cardiotrack is present across India with leading hospitals adopting our technology to address the challenges in cardiac care. The partnership with Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, is a step towards making cardiac care accessible to a larger number of people and thereby, saving lives.”

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

About Cardiotrack

The Cardiotrack platform is designed to fulfil all the basic requirements of a primary care clinic. 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. Cardiotrack platform includes multi-parameter, light weight healthcare IoT devices and mobile health software that helps to screen illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases and hypertension and helps doctors to perform diagnosis and then safely store the patient records.

The Cardiotrack device was launched in September 2015 and it has been deployed across India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Mexico and U.S.A. The primary reason for getting traction in the market has been affordability, ease of use and mobility that the product renders to its users. Most of the expensive health diagnostics products can only be operated in hospital environments, which are air-conditioned. However, working environment at the primary care facilities in the developing economies is different. The diagnostics sensors used in Cardiotrack function at extreme temperatures, and dust ridden and humid environments. The Cardiotrack platform is built to overcome limited availability of specialists, lack of transportation, infrastructure and power breakdowns that are common constraints in emerging economies and provide effortless remote patient management and disease care.

Cardiotrack, Sumita Chakrabarty, +91-9880295991

sumita.chakrabarty@cardiotrack.io

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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.