We are happy to present Lattice’s first newsletter - 3.5 years since inception, and at the beginning of our fourth financial year. We plan to share meaningful updates with every three months, and would be grateful if readers could share them within your network.
21 of our 22 projects thus far have been with people who know us, or people who know people who know us. Hence, recommendations are crucial to our continued success.
Here are a few highlights from our last 6 months:
NeoPORT: Neonatal Transport Tracking
Tech components: Android App, Web App
Last August, we started work on a project to address the quality of neonatal transport. Conceptualized by Dr. K Mahesh, Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at AIMS, Kochi, NeoPORT is an attempt to bring clinical checklists and real-time location tracking to neonatal transport. The idea emerged from Dr. Mahesh’s analysis of the outcomes of pediatric cardiac surgery at his institution. This analysis highlighted the importance of proper transportation in improving the short-term health and long term outcomes of neonates.
We were fortunate to gain support from Grand Challenges Canada. Their financial support allowed AIMS to engage us to develop a solution to this need.
In February, we accompanied Dr. Mahesh on field visits to 5 referral hospitals, and garnered their support for the upcoming pilot launch.
NeoPORT is an Android app available on the Google Play Store. Thus far, use is restricted to AIMS, its referring hospitals, and ambulances in the area. Once pilot trials are over, we are keen to extend it to clinical communities in India and abroad. For more details, visit www.neoport.org.
Commense: Infant Health Platform
Tech components: Android App, iOS App, Web App, Secure Cloud Infrastructure
Commense Inc. is a Boston-based genomics firm that conducts research on the impact of microbiome on infant health. Lattice developed their patient-facing and hospital-facing HIPAA compliant system, which aggregates genotypic and phenotypic data. This data will be used to inform drug development. This is our first project in the field of genomics.
With Commense’s support and guidance, we were also able to complete our HIPAA compliance internal audit, and implement procedures to ensure data security. This platform goes live in April.
CAMTech Innovation Platform
Tech components: Web app
The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) is the technology arm of MGH Global Health. Lattice serves as CAMTech’s India partner, and supports their on-ground outreach efforts. We also developed the CAMTech Innovation Platform - CIP for short - a place for innovations to share their ideas, connect with mentors, and access financial and acceleration support services.
In February, following an 8-month design and development period, CAMTech launched an enhanced version of CIP, with new features including an anonymized email exchange system, a progress tracking system tailored for early-stage healthcare ventures, tagging and commenting, and a redesigned discussion forum. CIP is free to use, and can be accessed at www.camtechmgh.org.
Low-cost Bubble CPAP
Tech components: pressure and flow regulation system, industrial design, sourcing
Over the past 6 months, we started work on a production-grade, low-cost bubble CPAP system. Spearheaded by Dr. Ryan Carrol, a Pediatric Intensivist at MGH, this project aims to develop low-cost, build-it-yourself bubble CPAP system for low resource settings. Our objective is to provide a validated design, including components and their prices, on an open-source platform such as GitHub.
e-Vaidya: Telemedicine system
Tech components: bluetooth communication, data acquisition from protocols, web app
Our client, Faith Biotech, is a well-established supplier of innovative medical devices and technologies. Faith Biotech has conceptualized a system in which centrally-located experts connect with remote hospitals and clinics and make clinical services more accessible.
We developed a software system that communicates with their suite of diagnostic medical devices. This suite includes 12-lead ECG, spirometer, digital stadiometer, weighing scale, digital stethoscope, blood pressure and SPO2.
Kira - India’s first Germicidal UV system
Tech components: UV lighting system, industrial design
Germicidal UV provide a proven, cost-effective system to reduce the risk of airborne infection transmission in hospitals - from patient to patient, or patient to care provider. Last year, we had the opportunity to conduct market research on this subject. Based on the promising findings of this research, we launched a product development program that resulted in Kira, India’s first Germicidal UV system.
Kira is 9x more cost-effective than mechanical ventilation in improving room air changes - which results in reduced risk of airborne infection transmission, especially Tuberculosis. More details are available here.
Why the Blog
As we grow Lattice, we would like to share our lessons in product design & development, building a company, and the healthcare space. We hope it presents you with some interesting ideas, and starts off useful debates.