IoT to the Rescue of Premature Babies
sults, clinical observations such as the infant’s heart rate and then analyses the data in medically comprehensive and user-definable formats. Typically in the current scenario, hospital nurses record this data on hourly basis, which is then evaluated by a doctor to decide further course of action. Through continuous monitoring and data recording, iNICU’s platform provides notifications on a tablet that doctors and healthcare centres can refer to. The company has raised seed money from angel investor Sanjay Mehta and was also a part of IBM’s smartcamp, a startup-enabler programme run by the technology giant. “What separates iNICU from other healthtech companies is the clarity of the problem they have set out to achieve,” says Seema Kumar, country head of Developer Ecosystem and Startups at IBM, India. “There are very few players targeting neonatal care, giving the startup a huge opportunity to scale.”
The startup has already signed up with large multi-speciality hospitals including Fortis Healthcare, Kokilaben Hospital and Kalawati hospital.
“There are 27 million babies born in India every year, of which 5.5 million need medical attention,” says Singh, adding the company plans to target at least 200,000 babies by end of next year.
iNICU’s engineering team