Updated Feb 25, 2019



Monitor for Detection of Apnea and Hypothermia in Neonates

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Manoj Sanker

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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

Registered as aFor-Profit in India.

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Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Health Systems and Medical Devices

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Globally 3 million babies die in their first month of life every year, and 98% of these deaths occur in the developing world. In India, approximately 3.6 million premature babies are born every year and out of them, 400,00 babies die. Premature babies are susceptible to a variety of life threatening conditions like Apnea, Hypothermia and respiratory distress - causing either death or some form of morbidity

Almost all of these deaths are preventable with timely treatment. However, hospitals in the developing world are severely challenged by limited resources.They cannot afford the expensive equipment, which are also too bulky and unsuitable for continuous monitoring and they have a high rate of false alarms; forcing nurses to visually monitor the babies.In low resource settings where one nurse cares for about 40 babies,she will not be able to give equal attention to every baby and thereby most of the distress conditions often go unnoticed, causing irreversible injury to the newborn and sometimes even lead to the death.

In the current situation if child has to be monitored they have to be kept in a separate room and hooked on to wires - which hinders breastfeeding and kangaroo mother care - which in turn hinders the growth and recovery



The Nemocare Protect is an IoT enabled smart wearable on the baby's foot which monitors vital parameters like spo2, Heart Rate,Respiration Rate ,body temperature, body position that will give the complete picture of the baby's health. And all the information is relayed over to the hub and the data is pushed onto the cloud and this data can be accessed at a central monitor by which the nurse or doctor can continuously and remotely monitor all the babies through a single interface

The entire system along with our deep learning algorithm works as an intelligent platform that will track the baby's health in the most accurate way possible and give only insightful notifications and alerts to healthcare workers to enable timely intervention when a distress condition is detected.

This platform will help collect, store, visualize and analyse the data generated. This can enable a paradigm shift in clinical diagnostics and preventive care through a data driven approach.Inherently the data may be used in real time to provide early warning scores or other predictive indicators, and used offline to develop new predictive algorithms.

Mission and Vision

NemoCare Wellness aims to end all preventable neonatal and maternal deaths in the developing world by building innovative affordable,accessible,highly accurate monitoring solutions for the emerging markets.We use unobtrusive wireless wearable sensors and networks, analytical algorithms and big data as tools to provide continuous, high resolution monitoring and preventive care for every patient in hospital, and at home- making sure that no stone is unturned to prevent any form of mortality and morbidity,especially at the bottom of the pyramid.We use design thinking principles to build life-saving technologies that will transform the way healthcare is delivered.

Innovation Description

Pratyusha Pareddy and Manoj Sanker of the Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship in collaboration with NemoCare Wellness in India will develop a small, battery-operated wearable device for newborns that continuously monitors vital signs in premature babies to alert health workers when a life-threating situation might occur, and provides vibration to stimulate breathing. Premature babies are susceptible to a variety of potentially fatal conditions such as apnea (suspension of breathing) and hypothermia. The lack of sophisticated monitors for these conditions in resource-poor settings means that nurses often have to continually check up to 40 babies, which makes timely detection very challenging. They will design and build a prototype made of soft fabric to fit snugly on the child's foot, and incorporate a photoplethysmography sensor, which measures rate of blood flow, and a thermistor to measure temperature, as well as an audio-visual alarm. A platform will also be developed for wirelessly connecting multiple devices to a hub installed at the nurses' station, which is also fitted with an alarm. They will compare their prototype with currently used monitoring devices in the laboratory, and perform a small-scale field trial to get feedback from health workers and mothers.
Funding Goal550,000


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