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Monitoring Health When We Sleep
The COVID-19 challenge prompted young innovators to create a device that keeps tab on a patient’s vital parameters even during slumber
n Science India Bureau
The year 2020 proved to be a test- ing time globally, affecting the very existence of humanity as coronavirus attacked not just health but livelihood too. As lockdown of coun- tries restricted movement, many health- care providers had to take recourse to the digital medium to reach out to pa- tients, dealing with not just COVID-19 but other general health issues as well. Amid the pandemic, the availability of ICU beds became a challenge globally. In India, the lack of ICU beds was a major concern even before the pan- demic. Most of the beds are concen- trated in the private sector, with sub- stantial variation in available resources across states. When the country was at the peak of the pandemic, Mudit Dan- dwate and Gaurav Parchani came up with a solution to partly address this situation, through a device called Dozee.
Dozee is a device which can turn the mattress of a regular hospital bed into an ICU-bed within two minutes when placed under the mattress. It of- fers a contact-free monitoring system by gathering a patient’s vital parameters including heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, blood pressure, among others by using the Ballistocardiograph (BCG) technology. Dozee is very easy to set up. Once it is connected to power, the hub is visible on the phone via the Dozee app and just needs a Wi-Fi connection.
This app stays connected all the time and one doesn’t need to check if it is work- ing. All one needs to do is sleep on it and it will show the heart rate and range, respi- ration and stress recovery, right from the time the patient goes to sleep till wake-up
Mudit Dandwate (left) and Gaurav Parchani, the creators of Dozee
time in the morning. Setting up Dozee requires minimal technical expertise and can be used at home as well. It can help reduce the workload of healthcare staff by almost 50% and provide proactive care.
In the first five days of using Dozee, the app calculates the normal range of parameters for the user and then sets the range. It has medical-grade accuracy of 98.4% — as accurate as ECG, 2D Dop- pler Echo, RIP Bands.
Priced at Rs 7,999, it is about 1/10th the cost of conventional alternatives. The device also lets clinicians set thresh- olds to trigger alerts for body vitals. The data is uploaded on cloud to give remote access, so that it can be accessed from a safe distance. This data is fur- ther analysed using advanced machine
Data collected by Dozee can be accessed from a safe distance
learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to create health data of the user. In the times of COVID-19 pan- demic, thousands of beds were enabled with health monitoring, helping patients across seven states in India.
Dandwate, an alumnus of IIT Bom- bay, was designing race cars before start- ing Dozee, where vibration sensors are used to check the health of cars; Dozee monitors the micro vibrations in human body in a similar way. Dandwate was working in an automobile company in Germany, when he came up with the idea of Dozee. He decided to take action on his 24th birthday. He resigned and came to India to manufacture a health monitor. He roped in Gaurav Parchani (co-found- er) and Pritish Gupta (COO). Their idea was simple — to make a gadget which would provide an “8-hour continuous health check-up when we sleep because even though we spend most of our time at home, there are no high-quality health- care devices there,” they say.
The team of Dozee has partnered with WISH foundation and Tamil Nadu Government for putting the device to practical use. Dozee was able to aid con- tinuous health monitoring in COVID-19 care wards in seven districts in Tamil Nadu.
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