Cardiac Health Assessment (CHA) Kiosk
Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 63% deaths globally in 2008, and 53% of deaths in India. Among NCDs, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is especially prevalent in the Indian sub-continent, causing 30% of all deaths in 2005, with a projected rise to 43% by 2021.
There is a pressing need for affordable solutions that entire communities can access regularly, for timely check-up and diagnosis of CVD. Early identification of those at risk enables effective treatment at a low cost.
The CHA (cardiac health assessment) kiosk is designed to address this need. It is a portable device, which measures height, weight, waist and hip circumference, body fat percentage, blood pressure, blood sugar, SpO2, 3-channel ECG and respiration rate.
These physiological inputs, along with information about diet and lifestyle, are integrated to present a CVD risk score, on a scale of 0 to 48. This score represents the percentage likelihood that a subject will develop CVD in the next 10 years.
Designed for use by a technician, the kiosk prints out measurements and the risk score, along with advice about healthy living – guidance on diet, exercise and tobacco/ alcohol cessation. The screening is conducted using an Android tablet integrated with measurement devices over bluetooth, via an App that has step-by-step user instructions. The App uses a clinically validated algorithm to compute the risk score.
Images from the field
The first such kiosk is in use at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. It has been used to screen over 700 patients. Here are some images of the system that designed to support their "Just-a-Drop" awareness program for Cardiac Health.