Indian scientists develop credit-card sized ECG machine
Usually accustomed to spending most of their time making nuclear weapons, scientists at Bhaba Atomic Research Centre have developed a small credit card-sized electro cardiogram (ECG) that can help many people. The machine developed can record the electrical activity of the heart and can most often prevent heart attacks in patients. The tele-ECG machine can transmit an ECG to the mobile phone immediately.
Interestingly, the 12 channel device will cost only Rs 4,000 and may just be the smallest in the world. It can be charged through a mobile charger and the data can be transmitted through any mobile network in the world.
And a low-cost, affordable solution for the rural masses of India at that.
It is estimated that one person in India dies due to a heart attack every thirty seconds. While adequate facilities exist in urban areas, rural and remote areas do not even have basic electro-cardiogram (ECG) machines or specialists who can read them.
The Tele-ECG machine that can transmit an ECG over mobile phones to save lives. While imported commercial models are much bigger, heavier and 10 times more expensive, this 12-channel ECG machine costs just Rs. 4,000 and is possibly the smallest of its kind.
The machine can be recharged via a mobile charger and then the data can be transmitted via mobile network anywhere in the world to a specialist.