Cardiovascular Disease is a major health concern for India and its people. India has experienced a steady rise in the burden of cardiovascular disease, with a six- to eight-fold increase in the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases over the past four decades. Currently, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in India, with around 28% of deaths attributed to vascular disease. While the current burden of the problem is great, with over 30 million people affected, it is only projected to get worse.
This rising menace poses a need to rapidly and cost effectively monitor the heart condition of individuals. This becomes even more important in the case of the economically weaker sections who cannot afford private healthcare. Agatsa Software Pvt. Ltd. is a company that took on this challenge and created a portable heart condition measuring device called the Sanket ECG Device. The device can be held between the thumbs for 15 seconds to get a clinical-grade ECG. No lead or gel is required. It connects to a smartphone wirelessly and displays the ECG graphs on it. These reports can also be shared with others via email, bluetooth or whatsapp.
Sanket is being reviewed by a major oil company in India and by Security Forces of India for use in remote locations such as Ladakh because the device doesn’t need a specific power input (works on a small battery) and it even works without Internet connectivity. Security Forces can now profile the soldiers serving in remote locations, with basic tools like Agatsa and weight-monitoring devices.