Bengaluru: Developers of a walker that helps detect obstacles & alert the user; a better & cheaper ways to prevent pressure ulcers in non-ambulatory patients; and eye drops dispensing aid & monitoring systems have emerged as winners of the first-ever medical device hackathon for geriatric care held at IISc, Bangalore.
Fourteen teams consisting of 64 participants took part in the first of its kind medical device hackathon with each team having at least one person from the field of finance, engineering and medical along with mentors who have experience in these fields.
ReImagineHealth Hackathon 2019 was supported by MedTech and Geriatric Healthcare Technology Business Incubator, Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), K-Tech, Government of Karnataka, various companies, hospitals, policy bodies, entrepreneurs, legal and regulatory organisations and NGOs in Bengaluru.
Team Novae that presented its product Sonic Walker – a walker that helps detect obstacles and alert the user; Team Decubators that presented better and cheaper ways to prevent pressure ulcers in non-ambulatory patients and Team iDams that presented Eye(i) Drops Dispensing Aid and Monitoring Systems emerged as winners of the hackathon.
“The focus of this hackathon is on geriatric healthcare and new innovations that would help improve the quality of life for senior citizens. Through this hackathon we intend to place selected participant in the technology business incubator which we have in association with the Government of Karnataka,” said Prof Amaresh Chakrabati, chairman, IISc Press.
According to Prof Chakrabati, the main objective of the hackathon is to stimulate and cultivate systemic innovation in the development of products for the elderly care and MedTech (diagnostics, monitoring and rehabilitation).
ReImagineHealth 2019 aims to help provide technologically advanced and socially sustainable products that fulfil the needs of senior citizens so that they could continue to be independent, agile and enjoy their life to the fullest.
“Through ReImagineHealth 2019, we have been able to radically change the field of geriatric healthcare with the use of new innovative technology to increase life expectancy amongst senior citizens with illnesses and ailments such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, general debility and loss of memory. The goal is to attempt to give senior citizens a normal life,” said Prof Chakrabati.
The Technology Business Incubator at Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing is the Government of Karnataka’s initiative to encourage and support innovative technologies that drive affordable product solutions for geriatric care.
“The kind of response that ReImagineHealth Hackathon 2019 witnessed was overwhelming, especially from youngsters, in fact, one of the members of a winning team was a student of Class-9. This only shows the immense talent that is available to be tapped and nurtured,” said Dr S Balasubramanya, Sr Consultant (Biotech), Department of IT, BT and S&T, KITS Karnataka.
ReImagineHealth is structured so as to address focal areas such as visual, aural, oral, dental, bowel and urinary issues along with their impact on mobility that hinder a senior citizen from having an active social life.