IoT to the Res­cue of Pre­ma­ture Ba­bies

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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

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