C-DAC Develops Wireless Electronic Stethoscope: The Tribune India






Tribune News Service

Vijay Mohan

Mohali, April 1

A wireless electronic stethoscope that can be used by doctors from remote locations to diagnose patients’ heartbeats has been developed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), based in Mohali.

The device is like a handheld computer mouse with a sensor membrane at one end that can be placed on the chest by the patient or a caregiver. The device then records and transmits the data via Bluetooth to a nearby computer, which in turn can relay the information over the Internet to any location where the appropriate physician is available.

“The high need for remote healthcare following the global challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a strong need for a remote-controlled wireless electronic stethoscope,” said Dr. PK Khosla, Executive Director of C-DAC. It can remove the need for a patient or doctor to be physically present at a particular location for a medical examination, making it safer and easier for both of them.

Stethoscope is arguably one of the most widely used medical instruments. It is used for listening to body sounds by almost all medical schools and has become an integral identity symbol of a medical professional.

The project was initiated by C-DAC and the team, including Jaspal Singh and Shailesh Singh, developed a unique electronic stethoscope in two variants. The technology for this has been handed over to a Mumbai-based company, who have repackaged the system into an easy-to-use device.

“These new generation of stethoscopes will be useful for accurate diagnosis and making teleconsultation more effective. These will also help clinicians in a pandemic-like situation to examine patients without going near the patient,” said Dr. Khosla.

Next on the list from C-DAC is an artificial intelligence-based smart stethoscope that will help health professionals diagnose pediatric pneumonia. The development of this device is already underway.

The device

The device is like a handheld computer mouse with a sensor membrane at one end that can be placed on the chest by the patient or a caregiver. The device then records and transmits the data via Bluetooth to a nearby computer, which in turn can relay the information over the Internet to any location where the appropriate physician is available.




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