Read How IIT-Bombay's Workshop Is Reforming Medical Industry

There is an evident history of technology reforming the world. Every day a new piece of technology is introduced in the market that contributes to the welfare of people. The technical institutions have a major to play in it. Recently one of most prestigious technical institutions in India, IIT Bombay, organized a five-day workshop for medical device innovations which led to creation of some highly efficient tech with the ability to revolutionize entire medical industry.

Every great idea is simple

The concept behind the workshop was to bring out solutions to some problems faced in the healthcare sector. The session started at Victor Menezes Convention Center (VMCC) by dividing 64 professionals into four teams of 16 members each. The target was to fulfill four criteria:

  1. relevance of the problem,
  2. novelty of solution, 
  3. successful demonstration of the proof of concept and 
  4. worth taking forward

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Entangled minds got freed

Everyone being a expert in the field had some of the most brilliant ideas, but after coming together and brainstorming these ideas got on the path of being formulated into products. Many of the ideas entangled in its own complexity got freedom to romp.

Earlier I was stuck on saliva. This brainstorming helped me move away from that boxed idea. Diabetics always complaint of halitosis (bad breath),” says Dr Chaitanya, a dentist and a participant who was working on the diabetic detection technique by testing the breath of the person.

The devices introduced

Dr. Sunita Raman’s team developed a gizmo that can help in early diagnosis of stress related mental health issues. A UV illumination belt for vitiligo was introduced by Dr Barilin Dkhar to facilitate suturing during laparoscopic surgeries. Dr Nallan Chaitanya’s diabetes analyzer by breath was also a noble contribution.  Adarsha K along with his team developed ‘Ayu Lynk’ which converts the conventional stethoscope to digital smart stethoscope.

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One discipline is not enough to solve the problems in healthcare. We need better, cheaper devices. India’s healthcare spending is just one per cent of USA’s spending. The most challenging part is to get together people from different disciplines and making them work together,”says  Prof B Ravi, Mechanical Engineering Dept and head of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (Incubation) Center (BETiC).

These noble contributions were judged by a panel of 50 doctors from both government and non-government hospitals and were awarded at a function in the presence of Dr Anil Kakodkar, chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission and Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC). We need more such innovators which look beyond the boundaries of the human mind and bring out what we truly need. More such workshops needs to organised by such institutions where people come together to achieve a common goal of taking away the sufferings of a human being.

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