Medtronic and ClickMedix partners to provide ear-infection screening program in India to prevent unnecessary hearing loss.
“Shruti”, launched in August 2013, is a groundbreaking screening and diagnosis kit to detect and diagnose ear infections in rural India. Using ClickMedix’s highly customizable, mobile based platform, healthcare workers are able to record basic patient data, conduct an initial physical ear screening with an otoscope (the medical device used to look in patients’ ears) encased in an Android phone, and refer patients with hearing needs efficiently to ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialists.
By utilizing ClickMedix’s platform, community health workers in New Delhi and Hyderabad were able to record basic patient data, conduct a physical ear screening with an otoscope, and refer patients to ENT specialists at the hospitals. Then, those specialists confirmed diagnosis and issued treatment plans remotely. At the camps, small infections were treated, but complex cases were recommended to a hospital for further treatment. Together, Medtronic and ClickMedix were able to:
- Implemented a screening process that took on average 3 minutes.
- Screened more than 150,000+ patients with just 9 health workers in the first 2 years, and growing 10X in the next year.
- Doubling the number of treatments performed in partner hospitals.
- Extending service to in-hospital and patient counselor follow-up care enabling end-to-end care for patients.