Winners of the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Competition
First place: Team MedNext
SonupamKaur and VarunArora
Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
The MedNext team proposed an audio record prescription system which would leverage the fast-growing rate of mobile phone use in the developing world to facilitate patient-provider
communication and support the development of centralized databases of medical records. Patients and physicians would access the system via a mobile application which:
In addition to supporting individual care, the MedNext team discussed the potential to leverage the central database for public health research, and to identify potential patients for regional and national prevention and condition management initiatives.
Second Place: Team ABO
Yadvir Singh, HemtanuSaha, Robin Das, Parnab Das, and Bhaskar Kumar Chatterjee
PhD, Mtech and MBA students at the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
ABO’s proposal involved the design of a portable mini bioreactor that would convert A, B, and AB-type blood into O-like blood, which can be used universally in blood transfusions, regardless of the recipient’s blood type. The device, which builds on current enzyme immobilization research being tested in a clinical trial, would help to address shortages in available blood supply. Additionally, because patients in need of transfusions are often treated in rural areas, away from blood banks, the device would enable caregivers to instantly treat donated blood and transfer it to the recipient.
Third place: Team Antigens
KaaviyaMariappan, KushalAgrawal, SanjeevPriyam, SowmyaSeethamraju
MBA students in the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
Team Antigens proposed a mobile application integrated with a pollution sensor. The device would detect the pollution level or presence of harmful gases in the air and automatically send an alert to an individual’s mobile phone, warning if air quality is over healthy permissible limits. The application also would enable users to access real-time data on air pollution available from the metrological department, helping them avoid highly affected areas.
Antigens’ proposed device offers wide implications for the general population, and particularly for individuals suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.