Medprime Technologies is a medical devices company that uses innovative technology to make healthcare more accessible to the general population in developing countries. The company is founded by four biomedical engineers from IIT Bombay. It is currently incubated in Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay.
Products & Services
The invention is a high magnification portable mobile phone microscope for diagnostic use, which forms a platform for automated point of care diagnosis for various diseases such as malaria and has large application in telemedicine and telepathology.
The device comprises of an indigenously designed optical system that provides magnifications of upto 1500X. A mobile phone or tablet is used to display the magnified image, allowing it to be captured as a digital image which can then be subsequently stored, transferred or processed. It provides image quality comparable to standard pathology microscopes along with features such as variable magnifications, adjustable light intensity and movable sample stage. The device is designed for field use being extremely portable, weighing about 1.5 kg and having a battery backup of 15 hours.
- Innovative medical devices
- Patient monitoring
Customers include research and educational institutes, diagnostic labs, hospitals and NGOs in healthcare space.
Product Value Proposition
Currently, Cilika can be used as a substitute for conventional microscopes for diagnosis, both in the lab and outdoors (for instance at screening camps or point-of-care). It has been designed for portability and stability and can hence be carried to sites easily, as opposed to bench-top microscopes, where transportation results in misalignment of optical components. In rural areas, use of Cilika by local health workers can reduce the cost and time of disease diagnosis (Eg. Malaria, filariasis, sickle cell anaemia, etc.) by enabling remote diagnosis. Instead of transportation of samples from the rural areas to the cities, digital images can be transferred instantaneously, which can then be assessed by a technician. In path labs and hospitals, Cilika will assist in digitalizing microscopy, allowing details of the microscopic diagnosis to be saved along with the patient records for future referencing.
Cilika is also a powerful educational tool and teaching aid in schools and medical colleges, since it is easy to use and facilitates viewing by many students simultaneously either on the phone screen or while projecting onto a larger screen. It is also a cost effective and space-saving alternative for microscopy in research labs.
Future use cases:
With the development of image processing algorithms for automated diagnosis of diseases such as malaria, sickle cell anaemia, etc. and for routine tests such as RBC and differential counts, the device can be used for point of care diagnosis by semi-skilled health workers. Cilika could also be deployed in collection centres of organization pathology lab chains for such routine tests, and reduce the need for transport of samples to referral labs.