Startup/Enterprise: Turtle Shell Technologies Pvt Ltd
Product Developed: Multi-Parameter Early Warning Score -Based Alert Mechanism for ICU patients
Funding Programme: Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) Program
Funding Agency: National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), DST, Govt. of India
To withhold the tsunami of COVID-19 cases, the country has 20 lakh hospital beds and only one lakh ICU beds. Coupled with the shortage of trained nursing staff, it has turned nearly impossible to keep an active watch on the health of all the patients continuously, especially outside the ICU. Currently, hospital staff has to manually visit patients every couple of hours to measure the patient vitals. Without continuous monitoring, any deterioration in a patients health can go unnoticed and lead to complications. Remote patient monitoring is rapidly becoming a way for hospitals and healthcare providers to deliver an enhanced level of quality patient care through the pandemic and beyond. From COVID-19 patient care, to post-surgical follow-up, to ongoing care management for patients with chronic illness, there was a dire need for a clinical-grade technology to provide quality of care safely and at scale.
Bengaluru based healthcare startup Turtle technologies launched a contactless remote patient monitoring solution- Dozee for hospitals. The Dozee Pro solution features an AI-powered triaging system which enables remote monitoring of patients outside of the ICU. It is a CE-Marked, contact-free health monitor with clinical-grade accuracy with remote access and multi-parameter early warning score (MEWS)-based alert mechanism. It enables the continuous (more than 100 times per hour) and accurate monitoring of a patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and other clinical parameters like sleep apnea, myocardial performance metrics without coming in contact with the patient. It comes with an industrial grade contactless sensor, communication pod and cloud-based patient monitoring tool with an AI-powered triaging system which captures real-time body vitals, and provides round the clock monitoring for patients who were previously manually monitored only every couple of hours. The Dozee Pro also features an extensible platform where it integrates with other devices such as SPO 2 sensor, ECG and temperature sensor to provide the entire suite of vitals parameters including oxygen saturation, body temperature and ECG.
The system continuously monitors a person's heart rate and respiration rate with the help of the system placed under the mattress, converting any bed into a step-down ICU without any cuffs or leads. It also connects to other Bluetooth-based peripherals like SPO 2 and BP Monitor to provide access to more vitals remotely. This consistent stream of patient data aids the medical staff with early detection of patient deterioration and notifies the care team of any abnormalities before it becomes critical. Doctors & healthcare teams can remotely monitor the patients’ health from the centralized patient monitor, where at a time, hundreds of patients can be monitored from the web-dashboard and also from a mobile phone app. Custom alerts can be put on every patient, helping doctors optimize treatment plans, focus on deteriorating patients and provide improved proactive care.
In the COVID-19 scenario, Dozee is playing a crucial part in continuous and proactive monitoring of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients in isolation wards and quarantine. It is also helping in monitoring at-risk patients at home and enabling doctors to continuously monitor their health. AI-based alerts are helping medical fraternity take timely actions. This has already proven lifesaving in more than 40 cases, helping flag cases of pneumonia, tuberculosis, and heart failure early. Apart from its use in hospitals, Dozee Pro also includes an integrated early warning system for patients in the post-discharge, outpatient settings and hospital-level home care settings. It helps patients, their family members, and healthcare providers with real-time data and alerts, enabling early identification of clinical deterioration.