Two research scholars of IIT Guwahati have been recognised for an entry to the global Charm Health Innovation Challenge by developing a digital healthcare system.

The IIT Guwahati researchers are Mitali Basak, 3rd year Ph.D. scholar, Center for Nanotechnology, IIT Guwahati and Dr. Shirsendu Mitra, former PhD scholar at the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati.

Dr. Mitra is currently an Early Career Fellow at IIT Gandhinagar.

The team of Basak and Dr. Mitra participated in the challenge under the category ‘Student Innovators’ and submitted an idea of a benchtop digital setup integrated with an algorithm to record initial screening parameters like body temperature, pulse rate, eye and tongue analysis of a patient remotely.

Situations like COVID19 pandemic demand human interactions to be as minimal as possible.

In view of this, the current innovation serves as a potential tool for healthcare management remotely, taking care of physical as well as social distancing norms.

“The device developed by the scholars is capable of remotely doing primary health check-up. Further, a robust algorithm along with cloud interfacing is expected to enable the device to store large volumes of health data for future benefit,” said a statement issued by IIT Guwahati.

The winners of the challenge will be decided after submission of a prototype based on the proposed innovation.
Basak and Dr. Mitra are working on the prototype, which is expected to be ready within the next 4 months, the statement said.

This innovation challenge includes a cash prize of 2500 dollar for the top 2 winners.
Apart from this, once the winning innovation is fully developed, its commercialisation will be taken forward by the organisers.

Charm Health Innovation challenge is a digital healthcare-focused technology competition organised by two California based organisations namely, Charm Health and iValley.

It is a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative technological solutions and new healthcare business models, Artificial Intelligence assisted patient care and remote monitoring incorporating Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality (AI/VR) and Natural language processing (NLP).

The challenge is to identify a focus area from Telehealth & Telemedicine; Digital Therapeutics & New Business Models; Tech-Led Innovations; Healthcare Analysis; mHealth, and Billing & Fitness, and submit a written proposal of the solution.

The proposal includes the use of one or more Charm Health application programming interfaces to implement the solution or should describe how this would be used in a similar electronic health record platform, it added.

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