AIIMS, IIIT join hands to develop unique device for Covid-19 tracking

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Two institutes of national importance — All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nagpur and the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Nagpur — have joined hands to bring out an indigenously designed gadget for effective tracking and monitoring of Covid-19 patients. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur has also collaborated for designing and packaging of the device and to make it tamper-proof.

With the use of the device, vital parameters of Covid-19 positive patients can be tracked real-time. If the patient is suspect and in home quarantine, the device can monitor the movement of the patient and also provide real-time details of the vital health parameters to the health care professionals.

The device is designed to overcome limitations of any existing online mobile apps for tracking and monitoring. The existing apps depend on continuous use of mobile phones and availability of stable internet connections. The wristband device, conceptualized by Dr Prathamesh Kamble, assistant professor, Physiology, AIIMS Nagpur, overcomes all the limitations.
“The novel device can provide mobile-free operation, using a geo-fencing technology which will provide real-time alert on any breach in quarantine zone” said Dr Prathamesh.

The technology is developed by Dr Mayur Parate and Dr Ankit Bhurane from IIIT Nagpur. “This device will operate on a technology which is more effective than GPS system,” said Dr Parate.

“A compiled consolidated data can be added on a server for remote monitoring and display on dashboards of doctors as well as authorities. The database can be further integrated with official applications like Aarogya Setu,” said Dr Bhurane.

The designing and packaging to make the device tamper proof is done by Dr Kaushal Desai, IIT, Jodhpur.

Director of AIIMS Nagpur, Maj Gen (Dr) Vibha Dutta, SM said, “Tracking and monitoring all the contacts is a very labour intensive procedure, the wristbands will definitely make this task much easier and cost effective”.

Dr Dutta has supported this invention right from its days of ideation and took extra efforts to facilitate its making despite the constraints of complete lockdown unavailability of raw materials.

Dr OG Kakde, director; Dr A G Kothari, I/C dean and Kailas Dhakhle, I/C registrar from IIIT Nagpur and prof Professor Santanu Chaudhury, director, IIT Jodhpur also extended their support in the creation of this device.