Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections
Friday, April 4, 2014
In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing loss in India, meanwhile supporting its ENT business there.
So far the program, called Shruti, has screened nearly 11,000 people in India for ear infections and hearing loss, and referred dozens to receive follow-up care from local ENT surgeons.
At the core of the program are a small cohort of community health workers, a smartphone-based otoscope developed by Icarus Design, and a telemedicine platform developed by MIT spinout ClickMedix.