Press Esc to close
Monday 25 September 2017
News updated at 2:36 AM IST

Engineers, doctors join hands to solve real-life medical problems

Bengaluru, Nov 7, 2016, DHNS: 1:45 IST
A prototype of the jig for knee-balancing and ligament alignment, developed at the hackathon fest. PHOTO COURTESY/CPDM, IISC
Doctors, engineers, designers and business professionals put their heads together to solve real-life medical problems at the medical device hackathon fest, MeDHa’16 held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

The four-day event, which concluded on Sunday, was organised by the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM) of IISc and Biomedical Engineering and Technology incubation Centre (BETiC), IIT Bombay. The participants, mostly working professionals, were divided into teams of four with one person from each discipline.

The 11 teams had to choose the problem they wanted to solve, from a list curated after consulting doctors. They had to address issues such as screening newborn babies for deafness, screening young adults for depression and managing anxiety attacks among young adults.

After three days of visits to hospitals and old-age homes to understand the problems in real-life situations, brainstorming and designing, the prototypes were presented on the final day. These potential health start-ups had to present their business models as well.

Manish Arora, key organiser and professor at CPDM said, “The idea was to see what happens when you bring people from different backgrounds together to work on a problem. The teams came up with novel solutions. If they are interested, they can apply either at IISc or at IIT-Bombay for incubation.”

Designer Krupakar Pasala and his team developed a jig for knee-balancing and ligament alignment to be used by doctors during knee-replacement surgeries. Describing his experience, Pasala said, “We had to be creative about the materials we used to make the prototype because we had limited time. It was challenging but I got to learn a lot.”

Chetan Pakhare, a researcher at BETiC, was the engineer on the team that developed a patch to control blood glucose in children with Type-I diabetes, painless and hassle-free.
“It was interesting because in four days I learned concepts like ergonomic design and target audience from the other fields.”

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An artist decorate the idol Goddess Durga with a saree made of pure gold at a...

An artist decorate the idol Goddess Durga with a saree made of pure gold at a...

Artist perform ballet Swan Lake is the most beloved, classic and quintessential ballet...

Artist perform ballet Swan Lake is the most beloved, classic and quintessential ballet...

Children dressed as Lord Hanuman take part in a procession during Langur Mela at the...

Children dressed as Lord Hanuman take part in a procession during Langur Mela at the...

Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor walks the ramp as showstopper at the...

Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor walks the ramp as showstopper at the...

Bollywood actress Richa Chadda and Kalki Koechlin during the shooting of a song for their...

Bollywood actress Richa Chadda and Kalki Koechlin during the shooting of a song for their...

Women dance on the occasion of Lalita Panchami during Navratri celebrations at a pandal, in...

Women dance on the occasion of Lalita Panchami during Navratri celebrations at a pandal, in...

A pandal, themed on the Jagannath Temple of Odisha, in Ranchi on Sunday ahead of the...

A pandal, themed on the Jagannath Temple of Odisha, in Ranchi on Sunday ahead of the...

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat...

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat...

Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu with actress Rakul Preet Singh and director A.R. Murugadoss during a...

Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu with actress Rakul Preet Singh and director A.R. Murugadoss during a...

Armed forces during a multi agency exercise 'Pralay Sahayam' conducted at...

Armed forces during a multi agency exercise 'Pralay Sahayam' conducted at...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.