IIT-Kharagpur has come up with a life-saver technology that can be fitted in an ambulance to ensure remote monitoring of the condition of a patient by the doctors even before they reach the hospital. This one-of-a-kind technology ‘AmbuSens’ has been developed in the SWAN Lab of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at IIT-KGP, an IIT-KGP spokesman said today. AmbuSens is capable of wireless monitoring of various physiological parameters like ECG, heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure, utilising a unique mechanism (patent-filed) to preserve patient’s data confidentiality while simultaneously using the analytic and computing power of cloud computing. This technology is several notches ahead of telemedicine where the doctor can see the patients but do not have wireless real-time monitoring of their health condition, the spokesman said.
“We conducted successful field trials of the developed system at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar and BC Roy technological hospital (BCRTH), IIT-Kharagpur,” Misra said. “The trials were conducted on patients admitted to ICU, cardiac unit and patients coming for normal health check-up (OPD), in the age group of 10-70 years, with 20-30 minute duration each,” Prof Misra said.