Country of Operation
- Biosense TechnologiesFor-profit
- Global Superanges ForumNot-for-profit
SummaryBiosense Technologies is introducing a cheap, portable prick-less scanning device for village health workers to screen and monitor anemia in rural India. This Mumbai-based company's first product is the ToucHb- a portable, non-invasive, hemoglobin estimation device that gives instant readings.
Biosense plans to sell devices to every clinic in India and eradicate deaths due to Anaemia by 2020
Key program components
The product, called TouchHb, is a prick-less anaemia scanner that can measure HB levels and help diagnose anaemia by referring to an accompanying simple chart. It is designed for use by low skilled village health workers, rugged and dust-proof to last in the countryside, and equipped with a rechargeable battery and hand crank mechanism for operation in areas with infrequent electric supply. There are no recurrent costs (needles, use of special lancets, micro-cuvettes, blotting paper etc.) other than the batteries that can be recharged and expected to last for more than 100 tests. The cost per test is low, there is no no bio-waste.
Measures hemoglobin, saturated oxygen levels and heart rate. The aims to sell the machnes for between 200 and 300 (£125-£188) and the cost of individual tests will be just 5 rupees (10 cents; 6p).There is also an android app that the team has developed, if the readings are needed to be sent across to a central location. The program is currently undertaking a pilot study with 3,000 women to be screened for anemia in primary healthcare centers in Parol and Bhatane in Maharashtra.
Biosense Technologies won the Emerging Award for innovative key entrepreneur ideation in healthcare at Sankalp 2009, India’s Largest Social Enterprise and Investment Forum. The teams will undertake a pilot study with 3,000 women to be screened for anemia in primary healthcare centers in Parol and Bhatane in Maharashtra.