Eka Care in collaboration with Father Muller (FM) Medical College and Hospital has added a pulse rate monitor feature to its mobile application. The mobile-based solution developed by the organization can provide reliable estimates of basic body vitals to facilitate patient-doctor interaction in India.
This device uses Photoplethysmography technology to enable continuous monitoring of basic body vitals through portable devices and it is completely free for the user.
The Eka Heart Rate Monitor (EHRM) uses the reflective mode principle for obtaining PPG signals to compute pulse rate. This feature can be accessed through Eka Care’s android mobile application.
To demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of EPRM, Eka Care has built a diverse validation dataset of PPG comprising 10,000 patients in OPD and ICU settings, in collaboration with the Father Muller (FM) Medical College and Hospital. So far, they collected data of 5,700+ patients from five different centers of FM Hospital across its rural and urban centers.
Speaking on utilizing technology to provide better patient care, Dr Sankalp Gulati, PhD, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing, Eka Care said, “ Users can cross-sectionally view the heart health data along with their other longitudinal records. This feature as of now is available on Android and will be soon rolled out on iOS devices.”
Talking about making healthcare monitoring more accessible and affordable, Dr Neelesh Kapoor, MBBS, MD, Eka Care said, “Heart rate or the pulse rate remains one of the most important monitored and tracked vital parameters in the majority of individuals. The capability to track one’s pulse rate using a mobile camera and that too as free of cost is a much-needed feature for the majority of citizens.”