Using the tablet PC to read/ edit documents, surf the Web, take snaps and watch movies is passe. Imagine a tablet that can monitor your ECG, measure heart rate, besides offering various other medical facilities. This imagination has been turned into reality by Kanav Kahol, a US-returned Indian biomedical engineer.
(Health Tablet), created by Kahol and aimed at medical utility, is being dubbed as the first-of-its kind diagnostic tool. The tablet can record body temperature, conduct ECG, test blood sugar and blood pressure, measure heart rate and also test quality of water.
As per the readings recorded on the tablet, the software verification and validation shows that they are 99.94 per cent accurate. The information can also be stored on a local file which can be uploaded onto a server. A demographic system has also been developed to store the patient’s detail.
The Swasthya Slate can capture ECG data at 1,000 Hz and is capable of providing enough information to make clinical judgements. “Our software and hardware prototype cost is only Rs 7,000, excluding the cost of the Android device. In high volumes, the device cost will dip greatly,” Kahol was quoted by ET as saying.
An interface for blood pressure and blood sugar machines to the device is also under development. Kahol is also mulling over incorporating diabetes and cardiovascular screening software. The Swasthya Slate is likely to be ready for operation in the next three months.