Anidra Raksha : Pro-Active And Intelligent Healthcare Solutions

CIO Vendor From smartphones and wearables to online platforms, technology is providing medical professionals new ways to monitor patient health. Continuous monitoring of a patient’s vital signs is the mainstay of intensive care units. The important question is: what about critically ill patients in step-down or high dependency wards who also need close monitoring? Hospitals in India struggle with the technology that often has overwhelming data load and at times under par devices or unintegrated software backup. Anidra Raksha, a start-up hailing from the city of Coimbatore, has developed a remote vital signs monitoring system that uses wearable sensors to monitor a patient’s blood oxygen, heart rate, pulse rate, temperature and breath rate. The system is so designed that the recorded parameters are transmitted to a central server where they are analysed using top notch AI algorithms. If the patient is deteriorating or needs assistance, an alarm or alert message is sent to the mobile phones of medical staff to ensure a rapid response.

Coimbatore based Indian researcher Dr. Venki Balasubramanian has been studying the research for almost a decade. For the last two years, Anidra Raksha that translates to ‘to be aware’ or ‘always awake’ in Sanskrit, has been clinically testing its Internet of Things (IoT) innovation with hundreds of patients in dozens of major hospitals in India. The Indian startup (with its Australian partner Anidra Tech Ventures) has released its Product Suite targeting hospitals in India. The Product suite includes hardware and pre-configured software comprising health data analytical algorithms, which continuously collect vital physiological data in an automated manner. In case any vital parameter’s values go beyond the allowed thresholds - health care professionals are alerted by Anidra Raksha’s solution. Such alert messages prompt the team to take the appropriate actions before the condition becomes complicated. More so, a dashboard is presented to the health care professional on their mobile or PC for understanding the pattern of patient’s health condition and for continuous monitoring.

ICU Level Continuous Monitoring
Accompanied by a team of champion data mining scientists and high profile software architects, the Founder, Dr. Venki Balasubramanian and the co-founder, Associate Professor Andrew Stranieri, are driven by a vision to avail ICU level monitoring to every patient. The team continuously investigates possible use cases for predicting deteriorating health conditions and facilitating early intervention. The high level of
continuous monitoring will benefit patients extraordinarily. The remote monitoring of vital signs and smart alarms makes the system a must-have for Indian hospitals who intend to reach out to the global domain for innovative use of technological monitoring.

Dr Venki Balasubramanian explains, “As of now there is no real time remote monitoring of patients with intelligent alarms. Hospitals do it within ICU wards of hospitals but not remotely with smart alarms based on intelligent algorithms. Our remote access means doctors and relatives can view a patient’s vital signs from anywhere in the world.” Each nurse in general wards or high dependency wards look after quite a large number of patients making it difficult to stay on top of their vital signs. The remote smart alarm ward telemetry system can augment their work and provide an extra level of reassurance that a patient decline will be picked up early enough for action.

The team continuously investigates possible use cases for predicting deteriorating health conditions and facilitating early intervention

Anidra Raksha envisions its systems being used by patients in their home who also need to regularly monitor their vital signs. Many hospitals deliver healthcare in the home unit allowing hospital patients to recover at home. “Our system, here, has the potential to allow patients to recover at home while having their vital signs monitored remotely by a doctor and nurse in the hospital”, adds Dr Venki Balasubramanian. If the patient, carer or doctor is worried about their recovery, they can take a follow the vital signs from anywhere.

“Continuous, real time, remote monitoring of vital signs represents the future of health care”, informs Dr Venki Balasubramanian. Dr Venki Balasubramanian’s decade old doctoral research paved the way for the recent commercial innovation. The start-up represents leading edge innovation developed through global co-operation led by exceptional Indian scientists. To date, Anidra Raksha has carried over 5100 hours of remote monitoring on 420 patients and over 330 alerts were raised in 6 different wards in its partner hospitals. With such feats achieved, Anidra Raksha intends to continue enabling Health Care Professionals to provide innovative and a pro-active health care services to patients.