by The Welthi Bureau
The aim is to create an ecosystem that can provide effective and timely diagnostic solutions to people facing imminent heart problems.
As India grapples with the epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, Cardiotrack, the pioneer in AI-based diagnostic solutions for cardiac care, has teamed up with Columbia Asia Hospitals in Bangalore to help address the urgent need for timely diagnosis and treatment of cardiac ailments.
As part of this association, Columbia Asia Hospitals will be using Cardiotrack’s hand-held device powered by AI to create an ecosystem that can provide preventive cardiac care to people who may not even be aware that they have heart health problems.
Cardiotrack will capture clinical grade ECG data using cutting-edge technology and ensure data portability through smart devices. That way, there’s no time lapse between diagnosis and treatment – a life-saver in most cases.
Earlier this month, Cardiotrack was successfully used by Columbia Asia Hospital – Whitefield at its recently held heart health camp where close to 100 patients were screened. The results were worrisome and proved that cardiac health in India can be more effective if there is preventive care. In fact, Columbia Asia Hospitals in Hebbal, Yeshwantpur and Mysore have also deployed these devices which will aid patients and doctors in the treatment of cardiac related issues.
Speaking about the company’s association with Columbia Asia Hospitals, Ashim Roy, CEO, Cardiotrack, said, “When it comes to cardiac care, India has essentially focussed on curative treatments and surgical interventions. However, to deal with the mammoth task at hand effectively, the emphasis needs to be on prevention and early diagnosis. At an institutional level, this calls for collaborations between hospitals and healthcare solution providers to ensure timely and affordable diagnosis for patients across socio-economic strata. It gives us great pleasure to have a global hospital such as Columbia Asia use our product. By joining hands with Columbia Asia, we hope to make Cardiotrack’s portable and digitised diagnostic solution accessible to a large number of people.”
Reiterating the significance of the association, Pratyush Srivastava, General Manager – Columbia Asia Hospital – Whitefield said, “We at Columbia Asia pride ourselves in providing timely care to our patients. This portable device will definitely help increase the number of corporate and outstation camps we conduct, in turn helping us diagnose cardiac risk at an early stage and provide timely solution.
Cardiotrack platform is designed to fulfill all the basic requirements of a primary care clinic. Using Cardiotrack, 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 approximately 200 of these 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. 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. Cardiotrack tele-intervention 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. The company also keeps in mind the different regulatory needs of different countries and is thus focused on building products with a global perspective in mind.
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