MTaI welcomes ‘National Medical Devices Promotion Council’

Medical Technology Association of India, which represents leading global research-based medical technology companies, has welcomed the central Government’s decision to set up a National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC) and boost the medical device industry in India.
The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, has pointed out that the NMDPC, would achieve convergence as medical devices were previously being covered under various Ministries.

HealthAssure launches a new business unit

HealthAssure , one of India’s foremost aggregator of primary health-tech services, has announced their expansion into the B2C market to build a high-quality network ecosystem in the primary care sector for the consumers.
HealthAssure brings a deep understanding of the Indian healthcare environment and provides solutions that bridge the present gaps in primary care services prevailing in India. In the past seven years, the company has successfully positioned its flagship services in the corporate and insurance sector and hence realises a great potential in the B2C space as well. To speed up its growth and drive sharper focus, the company is creating two verticals – the insurance business and the consumer products group with individual business heads and P/Ls.
The insurance business which includes PPHC, tele MER claims will be headed by Ninad Raje, Director & CIO, HealthAssure. And the consumer business including corporate products, insurance OPD, B2B2C alliances and Direct to Consumer (D2C) retail products will be headed by Ankush Chatterjee, as Director, HealthAssure in addition to his responsibilities as the CMO. And Delly D’Souza takes on a bigger role as the Chief Network Officer.

A new cell culture facility for research on cancer cells

A new cell culture facility for research on cancer cells

As a part of its stated focus on research, SRM AP, Amaravati has launched its first new cell culture facility to pioneer bio-medical research on cancer cells. This facility will house the latest equipment for related to applications like cellular culture, drug delivery, cell imaging and cell cytotoxicity.
Dr Anil K Suresh, Principal Investigator of the Cell Culture Laboratory, and an Associate Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, spearheaded the acquisition of lab equipment such as the Type 2 biosafety cabinet, CO2 incubators, cell counting machine, inverted and upright microscopes, table-top centrifuge, – 20 and 4 degree refrigerators and cellstorage facility. The equipment was procured and funded through the “Early Career Research Award’ grant of the Government’s Department of Science and Technology in response to a proposal submitted by Dr Suresh.
“At this facility the higher end epi-fluorescence microscope will in particular facilitate diagnosis and cure of several life threatening diseases like cancer (solid tumour) and leukemia,” said Dr Suresh, adding, “This is possible because the filters along with engineered nanoparticles pinpoint abnormalities and assign treatments with greater accuracy and efficiency.” These technologies with current limitations are not yet available for medical and pharmaceutical use because further intensive research is required before practical applications emerge. In such a context, research facilities like the one set up at SRM AP will help to bridge the gap between technology and actual implementation.

Motherhood Hospital attempts Guinness Book of World records

Motherhood Hospitals, a network of women & children’s hospital, has joined hands with Spherule Foundation (an NGO that works on various development and educational programme for women -empowerment and health) in attempting Guinness Book of World Records by taking the initiative of educating adolescent girls on the importance of menstrual health and hygiene at Kendriya Vidyalaya. Around 1,700 people was the largest group of adolescent girls, boys, men and women present under one roof to gather awareness on menstrual health and hygiene.
Dr Rajeshwari Pawar, gynecologist & obstetrician from Motherhood Hospitals, Kharadi, Pune, addressed the importance of menstrual hygiene, breaking myths that accompany menstruation for 38 min 8 sec. This initiative will be the Guinness Book of World Records for largest group of adolescent girls, boys, men and women present together for awareness of menstrual health and hygiene.

Siemens Healthineers introduces Cios Fit

Siemens Healthineers introduces Cios Fit

Cios Fit-a multidisciplinary mobile C-arm ready for demanding environments, was introduced recently by Siemens Healthineers, setting a benchmark in mobile C-arms. Cios Fit is designed to help in improving quality of care, achieve efficient workflows, and profit from high uptime; thereby reducing avoidable costs. It is built for the tough job in the OR where the equipment needs to deliver high quality imaging, be simplified in its usage and robust to last for long; while ensuring price point is not exceeded.
With Cios Fit-powerful imaging technology, the surgeons are able to maintain consistency with crystal clear images of anatomical structures, implants, screws and devices resulting in accurate treatment and thus improving patient experience. Dr Nanjappa KM, Cauvery Uroderm Center, at Kalyan, near Mumbai, where Cios Fit was recently tested shared his experience while performing an endo-urology procedure. He mentioned, “Cios Fit has an exceptional image quality. The touch screen display and the printer with the machine is a good add on feature for documentation. Moreover, the pulse mode of the machine is so well integrated with the software, that the dynamic images in this mode are very smooth, without any ghosting and lags.”

ILBS & FIND kick off capacity-building activities

The Institute of Liver & Biliary Sciences (ILBS) and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) has recently convened an orientation workshop for the HEAD-start (Hepatitis C Elimination through Access to Diagnostics) project. With support and guidance from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, ILBS and FIND are preparing to implement the Unitaid-funded HEAD-Start project in the NCR area.
The HEAD-Start project to enhance availability and accessibility of hepatitis C testing will be executed in a phased manner across five hospitals identified by the DGHS: Pt Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital, Maharshi Valmiki Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. A physician and a microbiologist from each hospital have been nominated as nodal officers for the project.

80% rise in students aspiring for medicine abroad

The number of students who applied for the mandatory eligibility certificate from the MCI to study medicine abroad almost doubled in the year 2017-18 from 2016-17. This is being backed by the official data in response to an RTI filed to MCI in October 2018.
The number of applications received in the year 2017-18 were 18,383. as against the number of applications for eligibility certificate received by the MCI in the previous year 2016-17 which were 10,555. “The key reason for this is the lack of medical seats in India. There is a total of approximately 60,000 medical seats that is being offered by Government and private colleges for medical aspirants. Also, higher awareness levels of the overseas colleges, more affordable fees compared to Indian private colleges, curriculum aligned to international standards and better global growth opportunities are other reasons why students prefer to study MBBS abroad,” said Saju Bhaskar, President & Founder of an overseas MCI recognised medical university, Texila American University.

Menterra invests in health tech companies

Menterra invests in health tech companies

Menterra Social Impact Fund has invested in technology companies covering HealthTech, AgTech and EdTech. These investments include Omix Labs and Adiuvo Diagnostics in healthcare. With these investments, Menterra has a portfolio of 10 investments and it is nearing a complete deployment of its first fund.
OmiX Labs has built a next-generation molecular diagnostics platform for rapid detection of infectious diseases. DNA-based proprietary tests allow detection of bugs causing infection within few hours instead of waiting for microbial culture over a few days. Specific information on resistance to common antibiotics enables targeted treatment. Temperature neutral protocols make it possible to use these tests in under resourced settings.
Adiuvo uses machine learning
enabled, non-invasive and portable device that uses multi-spectral imaging for wound care and detection of skin infections. This technology allows significant improvements over existing visual methods. Adiuvo is building a very advanced and powerful platform technology with multiple related products in the pipeline.
Said Mukesh Sharma, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Menterra Venture, “Menterra was formed to use the power of technology to deliver impact at scale by improving the quality of farming, healthcare and education in India. We are delighted to welcome such a talented group of founders to Menterra family.”

KardioScreen: Innovative ECG launched

The India arm of iMedrix, a Silicon Valley based enterprise, launched its revolutionary invention, KardioScreen, in the garden city. The product was launched in the presence of Dr Regina Benjamin, the 18th Surgeon General of the US.
Kardio Screen is the game changer in Electrocardiography, which now detects a heart disease years’ earlier, and it takes less than a minute! Using this product, millions of patients can be screened at their location, preventing untimely deaths. The findings of Kardio Screen are accurate and comprehensive that doctors can rely on to prescribe cardio-care.
Said Dr Benjamin, who served as the Surgeon General in the US and who is on the board of iMedrix, “Many times, the delay in problem detection leads to untimely deaths among the people suffering from heart diseases. Kardio Screen is a revolution that will help address this problem and save millions of lives across the world. I am happy to be associated with this exciting enterprise and a true ‘Make in India’ story that is here to change the world for better.”

BMT services at launched at NH-SRCC Children’s Hospital

SRCC Children’s Hospital, a super speciality tertiary care paediatric facility managed by Narayana Health, has launched Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Services at the dedicated children’s hospital in Haji Ali. With the launch of BMT service, SRCC Children’s Hospital, will be able to offer the most critical treatment to children suffering from leukaemia and many other cancers as well as non-cancerous conditions such as aplastic anaemia, thalassemia, certain neurological disorders, etc.
The BMT service was inaugurated by legendary cricket player, Sachin Tendulkar, and his wife, Dr Anjali Tendulkar.