• Apollo.
    Apollo is a point-of-care health monitoring system for home, that empowers people to play a more active role in their own healthcare. Encouraging families to keep a regular account of their general health parameters at home, resulting in healthier individuals. While making general diagnostics accessible to people with limited means, Apollo facilitates the early detection of symptoms related to chronic diseases - bridging the access gap and leading to major reduction in healthcare related costs for society. 
     

  • POINT-OF-CARE TESTING (PoCT)
    The driving concept of PoCT is to bring testing closer to the patient and results conveniently and quickly to the provider to expedite diagnosis and subsequent treatment. PoCT allows for faster clinical decisions in hospitals, physicians’ offices, ambulances, patient homes, and in the field.

    With technological innovations in healthcare, including smartphone apps, biosensors, lab-on-a chip, and wearable devices—all of which offer a closer connection to the patient – PoC technologies are quickly becoming part of the transformation of the healthcare landscape. 


  • USER EXPERIENCE MAPPING


  • MEDICAL PRODUCT DESIGN
    Medical device design has a crossbred structure between bio-medicine, engineering and product design, where the main aim is to find the best technical solutions and design approaches for safety and better medical devices. It has a very important and sensitive mission, as the object is human life.

    *These are concepts I developed during my internship at CareNx Innovations, a mobile healthcare startup based in IIT Bombay. Using design thinking as a tool, along side bio-medical and electronic engineers, we developed preliminary setups for in-vitro tests like Blood Hemoglobin and HcG (Pregnancy test). The internship acted as an inspiration to this personal project.


  • Testing and validation of these setups were carried out in medical institutions to provide proof of concept. Various iterations were made till we achieved desirable accuracy.


  • DESIGN CONTROLS



  • FORM LANGUAGE
    Organic Minimalism as a form language has been adopted in the design process, with a structural emphasis on a Monolithic form to give an essence of stability, purity, reliability, primitive and honest overall look and feel of the product.


  • Initial sketches and concept generation to explore a variety of forms, features and working of the product. Key features were grouped and further explored using more refined pencil sketches until concepts began taking shape.







  • The device replicates a pathology lab as it houses multiple sensing technologies to provide an all-round diagnostics for general healthcare parameters.

  • Does not require a lab expert or a skilled professional to function the device.

  • Compatible with Lateral Flow Immunoassays from various vendors. This gives freedom to user for selection of strips and majorly reduces the cost of healthcare delivery.

  • Upcoming biosensor innovations can be configured in the software by updating software algorithms. the device runs on image processing software and machine learning algorithms instead of designing separate hardware for each test/strip.

  • The hardware contains sensors that monitor environmental error factors like humidity, temperature, ambient light, etc. that self-calibrate the device periodically. This gives certainty about accuracy of the device over time.

  • Apollo uploads all test results in the electronic format over the cloud. The data analytics over this database can reveal illness trends, deficient population, geographical diagnostic patterns, chronic diseases etc.

  • Many PoC diagnostics devices depend upon particular smartphone, operating system and strips. Apollo is free of these dependencies. The healthcard can be used to access health records on the go. It acts like your healthcare identity and all medical data can be stored in it.

  • Physiological Proxy: Before conducting any test, the device prompts you to put the oximeter probe on your temple to perform a quick check identifying physiological parameters like blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate and core body temperature. This helps in tracking mental/physical stress patterns.

  • The Environment Sensing module performs multiple functions. It houses humidity, temperature and air quality sensors that calibrate the device to minimize environmental error. While providing storage for medical inventory, the top vent provides ventilation that enhances the performance of the device by cooling effect and is capable of providing filtered air to a small room.

  • Bio-sensing strips designed with respect to their specific sensing technology.

  • The disposal unit is provided for safe and responsible disposal of medical waste.




  • Patent Pending
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