Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Wipro's team of scientists have won Aegis Graham Bell Award 2017 for an end-to-end mobile health solution for diabetics in the "Innovation in mHealth" category.
The project is supported by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) of Govt. of India.
The Graham Bell Award is among the world's largest technology awards to honor innovation in the field of information technology and communications.
Added Dr. Bipin Nair: "India is the diabetes capital of the world with 67 million patients. Diabetes cannot be cured, only managed. We have developed two affordable devices to better manage diabetes: an automated insulin pump and a glucose-monitoring system."
Wipro, which is working on making both the devices Bluetooth capable, has already developed an easy-to-use mobile app for these devices. Patient data from the devices will be transferred by the app to a digital backbone that includes a dedicated server and cloud.
These, in turn, will be connected round-the-clock with a diabetes helpline, endocrinologists, NGOs, family of the patient, and so on. This unique diabetes management solution would enable patient compliance and significantly improve the quality of life at a very low cost, even for patients living in the most remote areas of India.
Said Dr. Bipin Nair: "These two devices are the outcome of a unique approach which saw industry-academia collaboration supported by the Government of India for a social cause. We believe they will also enhance health screening and early diagnosis, contribute towards better adherence to drug and dietary regimen, encourage diabetes self-care activities, and help prevent complications in patients with diabetes."
The team led by Dr. Bipin Nair for the project includes researchers from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham's Coimbatore campus such as Dr. Satheesh Babu; Dr. John Stanley; and K. Guruvayurappan, as well as Dr. Harish Kumar and a team from the Endocrinology Dept. of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.