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|Health Topic||Maternal mortality|
|Location||Africa, Asia, South America|
Problem being addressed
Detecting anemia is crucial to curbing maternal and neonatal mortality, however, conventional, and often expensive and fragile, diagnostic mechanisms are not compatible with low-resource settings as they require electrical support and skilled healthcare workers.
Detailed description of the solution
ToucHB is a cost-effective, handheld, and non-invasive hemoglobin level scanner, which in combination with an accompanying chart, allows health workers to accurately and easily diagnose anemia in a variety of settings. The device shines light of different wavelengths through the tissue of the patient’s finger and determines the hemoglobin concentration in the tissue based on hemoglobin’s characteristic absorbance. ToucHB is durable and is supported by a rechargeable battery and a hand crank mechanism. Efforts are underway to integrate the technology with mobile devices using platforms such as Android, and the hardware is also being refined to be smaller and faster.
- Designed by: This device was designed by innovators Abhishek Sen and his team at Biosense Technologies Private Limited.
- Manufacturer (if different): Biosense
- Manufacturer location: Mumbai, India
When and where it was tested/implemented
The product has been tested in primary healthcare centers in Parole and Bhatane, Maharashtra India.
This device received funding from the following:
- Sankalp Award for “Best Emerging Company in Healthcare 2009”
- Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Techfest 2008
- Piramal Prize 2008
- Grand Prize in Global Health at the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition 2010
- Biosense Technologies Private Limited (a for-profit corporation)
Other internally generated reports
Ingawale M. (2012.) A blood test without bleeding. TED Talks. Video available here.
ToucHB. (n.d.). Biosense. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. Link available here.
ToucHB. (n.d.). Foster School of Business. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. PDF available here.
Externally generated reports
Biosense diagnostic for anemia. (2010, August 30). Maternova: Accelerating Maternal and Neonatal Health Innovation. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.
Edwards, B. (2012, April 2). Biosense unveils ToucHb for needle-less blood testing. iMedicalApps. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.
Pain, P. (2012, December 24). ToucHb shines light on anaemia. The Hindu. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.