In a bid to address the chronic shortage of healthcare staff and improve patient monitoring, Gaurav Parchani, an IIT Indore graduate, has launched an innovative startup harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence.
When entering a hospital, one common issue that stands out is the scarcity of medical personnel, often resulting in critical cases taking precedence while non-emergency procedures are delayed. This staffing shortfall also leads to essential patient readings, such as blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG, being neglected, as nurses cannot be present around the clock.
Gaurav Parchani, originally from Indore, recognized this pressing problem and decided to apply AI technology to healthcare. Drawing parallels between health technology and racing car technology, he aimed to make a broader impact.
A Single Sensor to Transform Patient Monitoring
The innovative medical technology developed by Gaurav’s startup requires only one sensor to be attached to a patient’s bed, handling the rest autonomously. This sensor continuously conducts various tests on the patient, with the data displayed on a nearby monitor and simultaneously updated in the nursing station’s system. Importantly, if a patient’s vital signs deviate from the normal range, such as elevated blood pressure or indications of a potential heart attack in the ECG, an alert is promptly triggered alongside the patient’s data.
The under-bed sensors can detect critical indicators such as blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate, while three wireless devices worn by the patient monitor oxygen levels, ECG, and temperature. This innovation eliminates the need for patients to repeatedly request assistance when moving within the hospital.
A Boon for Hospitals and Patients
This AI-based technology has been swiftly adopted by numerous government and private hospitals across the country and is currently operational in over 300 hospitals, encompassing approximately 8,000 beds. Notable medical institutions like King George Medical College in Lucknow and PGI in Chandigarh have seamlessly integrated this system with sensors in their beds. The remarkable results from hospitals like Chennai’s Apollo Hospital and Lucknow’s King George Medical College indicate that this technology has enabled them to save 80 percent of patients by detecting changes in their condition up to 8 hours before deterioration.
Once installed, the sensor boasts a remarkable lifespan of up to 5 years. This Made in India technology holds more than 15 certificates and 8 patents. While the initial cost may seem substantial, the creators of this system assert that it can save an impressive 10,000 hours of nursing work annually. This translates to not only time saved for healthcare professionals but, more crucially, lives saved.