Technical Advancements in Medical Colleges by Ankit Raj

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ENT doctors and general practitioners have access to only basic tools for examination of patients. In a general setting, where more than 20% of the population suffers from ENT diseases and 90% are treated with endoscopic visualization, availability of a low-cost, easily-portable, durable, hand-held device becomes a necessity. The commonly used tools are mirrors, torches and tongue depressors in a rural setting which has a high error-rate and highly expensive, inaccessible diagnostic tools in bigger hospitals which is most of the time unavailable to poor patients. Herein, ENTraview (Ear, Nose and Throat multiscope recorder), a low cost, tri-purpose hand held device that allows portable ear nose throat endoscopy and recording, developed by Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi (earlier interviewed in Curofy Campus Reporter task) comes into play. It enables better visual access to the problem areas of ear, nose and throat for early and accurate diagnosis as well as allows recording and retrieving of data future reference. It is portable and low cost, thereby increasing accessibility and affordability exponentially. It is truly a remarkable technological intervention that needs to be shared with the world and healthcare community. When I met Dr. Jagdish last month in Bangalore, he said “this product is close to my heart as it was the first product developed by me that reached commercial market and is now being used for the care of millions of patients at the moment.” He also encourages young innovators to think beyond the curriculum and work with a sense of inquisition in mind. For this, he runs InnAccel, an acceleration program that helps startups develop their products and bring it into the market over a period of 24–36 months.

Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

IT has a big role to play in the healthcare system to improve the quality and efficiency of operations and delivery. These, along with patient safety, are the key drivers for IT investment in the healthcare setup. Subsequently, affirming to the given ideals, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal has gone digital in its information management. It is one of the few hospitals that has successfully adopted Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) technology which provides economical storage and convenient access to images from multiple modalities. This eliminates the need to manually file, retrieve, or transport film jackets. This also provide a secured network for the transmission of patient information, workstations for interpreting and reviewing images, and archives for the storage and retrieval of images and reports. Department of Radiology at Kasturba Hospital is one of the first departments in the country to incorporate a fully integrated PACS-RIS for efficient radiology reporting and workflow. Dr. Ranjan Shetty, HOD, Department of Cardiology was quoted as saying, “PACS not only helps us see the radiological records of patients at the click of mouse, but it also helps hospital digitize the records which could prove helpful and safe in terms of storage in the long run. It also relieves the patients from carrying large folders of files and scans with them all the time.”

Pneumatic Chute System

Kasturba Hospital, Manipal believes in providing time-efficient and patient-friendly services. Concurrent to that, Pneumatic Chute System is introduced in the hospital to increase efficiency and timely delivery of samples and also to reduce manual handling of laboratory samples. This adds to the operational efficiency and quicker results, thus decreasing waiting time. It creates a direct connection between hospital wards, out-patient departments and laboratories and blood bank. The sample is dispatched from the nurse’s station by means of compression or vacuum via a centrally controlled air switch. The sample then makes its way through complex, intricate maze of tubes, scattered around in the hidden false ceilings of the hospital, all the while undergoing thermo-chemical sterilization, until it reaches its destination, the laboratory, where the fragile components of the carrier is protected by an air-cushion. This whole process is fully computerized with user-friendly, digital, illumination display at each station where individually programmable destination number and address can be fed. This entire complicated process is carried out in total silence, without disturbing the tranquility of the hospital and permits statistical evaluation through computerized control system. As one of the intern at the hospital said, “there is no hassle of running with the samples and test results between the lab and OPD, everything is done in a smooth perfection. This reduces our time and energy on unproductive activities and helps us focus on more important task of treatment and diagnosis.”

Originally published at on October 15, 2015.