- Scientists at Bhabha Atomic Research Center have developed this machine
- 12-channel ECG machine is possibly the smallest of its kind
- Data can be transmitted via mobile network to a specialist anywhere
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.
With them in mind, scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center have developed a credit card-sized 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.
"This is a small low-cost ECG machine that on a single charge takes 300 ECGs. It is rightly suited for rural areas," the developer of the tele-ECG machine, Vineet Sinha, Scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai, said.
The machine currently works on an Android-platform and can be used in conjunction with any smartphone.