New Frontiers In Rural Healthcare Innovations

Digital transformation in healthcare is underway. iKure leveraging disruptive technology is bringing interesting avenues to address rural healthcare gap, reducing costs and distances and improving quality of life for grassroot communities. iKure is vitalizing the spirit of innovation through constant re-invention, which is central to its growth and people it serves. With this in mind, iKure is optimizing its healthcare model with various bio-medical device integration, mobile applications, and a cloud based proprietary software called WHIMS.


Smart Platform

Portable life sensor device integration: We are upgrading our healthcare model with next-generation bio-medical device integration. Our collaboration with an innovative start-up company has augmented our capabilities immensely. It has helped us develop an integrated platform using a portable life sensor device integration to provide access to constant monitoring and screening of heart stroke and other heart ailments. The everyday-wear package and breadth of parameters monitored and captured at the last mile provide access to EKG data information instantly, creating flexible solutions to actionable and clinical care anywhere as and when required.

Tele Pathology Device integration: We are leveraging our cloud with tele-pathology device integration for more powerful approach to share bio-pathological images and data across remote geographical settings. iKure in association with a Bangalore based start-up has come up with a cloud based telepathology application powered through a scanner device. With the capacity of the device to enlarge the image up to 200%, it can capture images from blood smeared slides and send reports to the cloud that can be accessed by remote healthcare professionals and pathologists. The cloud based device integration is useful to reduce TAT of report delivery and help perform tests like FNAC and Pap-Smear at the last mile.

Smart diagnostic Support

Microscopy System to Detect Oral Cancer: We are continuously innovating newer approaches to solve life-threatening diseases. Of two-thirds of cancer deaths that occurs globally, India accounts for nearly 5 lakh deaths. With only 13,000 microscopy centres that exist in the country, development and validation of low-cost technology is a huge constrain. iKure in association with the Dept. of School of Medical Science and Technology (SMST), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is coming up with a low-cost, portable microscopy system to diagnose oral and breast cancer from histopathological slides. The device containing touchscreen display show preview of microscopic images as well as provide graphical user interface of the developed software. These images can be used for teleconsultation. It will for the first time provide access to timely and actionable diagnostic support in rural India.

Digital Spirometer: Spirometers are the key to diagnose and management of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Asthma and other respiratory conditions. We have integrated spirometry device into our cloud based app. allowing automatic transfer of patient data and patient spirometry results. Live tests can be performed or information can be stored in the spirometer when used remotely and uploaded where there is availability of network.

Way Forward

With iKure continuing to exploring new avenues for technology applicability in rural healthcare space, the venture is re-defining the existing healthcare delivery model with next-generation technology integration, smart bio-medical devices, and intelligent applications, demonstrating best practices in care delivery for other organizations to adopt and follow.

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