Ahmedabad: iCreate has launched critical health-tech devices built by its three incubated startups. The devices will help in altering ICU ventilators to host multiple patients at the same time and augmenting large scale oxygen supply chains.
Furthermore, these devices are ready for mass deployment to support healthcare institutions and hospitals to optimize their resources to the fullest immediately.
Social Hardware built 3D printed splitter is a unique ventilator expansion device. It allows a single ventilator to support up to 2 or 4 patients during a time of acute equipment shortage. The splitter is available either in 1 x 2 or 1 x 4 model, making it possible to host 2 or 4 patients on the same equipment, respectively. These 3D printed bypass ventilator deficiency devices can be produced using already available materials or existing medical devices at low cost.
Social Hardware also has built a second device Venturi Valve Respirator. The valve respirator can be used for airflow control by varying its annular orifice to modulate the flow of air. The cone is situated on an actuated shaft, which enables flow control through the full range (0%-100%) of the valve.
Applying the venturi effect in the tube, the valve is powered by a stream of pure oxygen (100% O2) and is diffused with an air stream (21% O2 resulting in a high flow, high oxygen stream at the outlet. It is 3D printed as a single consolidated part that requires no assembly.
Limelight IT solutions has built an IoT enabled solution Chief Beta (Industrial IoT Gateway). The solution is an industrial gateway that can easily plug into the oxygen supply lines of hospitals and allied healthcare institutions to monitor, perform audits, detect and send leakage alerts.
The solution, ready to be deployed on a large scale, will help in monitoring the oxygen supply network in real-time from a single automated dashboard.
RedCarbon TechnoHub has developed oxyter – a portable oxygen generator that works on electrolysis. The innovation aims to reduce the complexity, mass, size and environmental impact along with power consumption required for O2 generation.
The system developed by RedCarbon does not require a compressor instead works on a simple model of gas/liquid separation device during water electrolysis. The current prototype can generate 2 litres of oxygen per hour (can be easily scaled up) with a cost limited to Rs 2 to 3 /litre. The purity of the oxygen generated is estimated to be around 90-95%. The startup is in the process of going for manufacturing.
“We are going through the toughest of times, with morbid news coming in at all hours. With the healthcare system in the country being stretched thin, deploying pragmatic technological interventions is the need of the hour. The most pressing need being an augmented O2 supply chain across the country,” said Anupam Jalote, CEO – iCreate.
“Having an IoT backed platform to remotely monitor and audit oxygen supply alongside devices like ventilator splitters, respiratory valves and lost cost oxygen generators will support India’s existing infrastructure and help us utilize our resources to the maximum,” added Jalote.
“These innovations that our startups have come up with are cost-effective and quickly deployable. It is during this period that we can truly bank on technology and our innovation ecosystem to alleviate the situation and help us manage it better,” commented iCreate CEO.
iCreate said it will be spearheading the process for these innovations to be deployed across hospitals. Gauging the demand for state-of-the-art hardware technology solutions, the incubator will work closely with the startups to augment the production and supply chain.
Recently, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in its circular had decided to expand its scope for CSR to include funds spent on COVID-19 related activities.
Invest India’s social impact team has recognised and included these three incubated startups in its repository of technologies.
(Image credit – iCreate)