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CareNX is helping in providing doorstep care with the CareMother portable kit and mobile application to empower health-workers and engage pregnant women. It is a unique idea of its own kind which leverages upon the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, mobile integrated device monitoring with sensing devices and wireless protocol VOIP development. It is the best product for such countries like India where the community health care system is not completely developed and many people living in remote areas are still deprived of basic healthcare facilities.
This medical kit is made specially catering to the need of pregnant women who need a frequent medical check-up, start from the very next day of their pregnancy. This medical kit consists of two devices, first is a basic medical examination device designed especially for the need of pregnant women. With the help of the kit, 8 to10 tests which are recommended for pregnant women during her pregnancy, can be performed within 10 minutes. Data gathered from these tests is directly analysed by a mobile App which gives the advisory results and suggests further action.
The second device, named is fetosense which is very useful during the third trimester of pregnancy. This device performs certain tests to check the medical condition of the fetus and again the data is analysed by mobile App shows results for a normal delivery case or a caesarean case. These devices can be operated by a normal health worker and interpretation of the results can be done without the need of the doctor. A web application has also been developed with this kit which can help to keep a record of the pregnant women in that area which can be used later for improving health facilities in that area. Thus, this innovation is helping in reaching people in remote areas and providing services cost-effectively, making health services at doorsteps possible. CareNX gets its revenue by selling CareMother kits at a fixed price to its customers (NGOs, hospitals and the CSR teams of corporates). Besides, it earns recurring revenue for software usage on a per pregnancy basis.
Positive Pregnancy experience
Pre-natal and post-natal care
Assembled by the team
8 to 10 tests can be done within 10 minutes
Health workers are trained to use the kit
Inbuilt algorithms in app to derive results based on the tests- quick notification to nearby doctors about high risk mothers'
2. fetosense- Fetal heart rate monitoring device :
20-40 min test
Used in 3rd trimester by mothers
Follows a B2B2C model
Positive experience spreading awareness
To be parents and family members become more cautious about health and fitness for the baby after experiencing the fetus heartbeat
Helps doctors understand the status of the fetus and judge whether the mother will have a normal or a c-section delivery
Co-founders of CareNX got inspiration while working for a Mumbai-based NGO, S4S (Science for Society), where they saw a colleague suffer a miscarriage due to lack of awareness and timely medical intervention. Aditya Kulkarni and his friend Shantanu Pathak decided to make use of their background in engineering to help pregnant women in dire situation.
CareNX is just three and half year old but has already reached 30,000 mothers at their doorsteps across 10 states in India. They are 300 health workers using CareMother kit which are working with government and NGOs. Currently, they are operating with 9 NGO bodies and 4 government bodies and have covered more than 500 villages. This has been made due to government organization and health associated NGO’s are showing great interest in this project. Recently Chhattisgarh State distributed 5 million smartphones, all having MotherCare app Installed in them.
Reached around 30,000 mothers across 10 states and 1000 villages
Working with 4 gov bodies – BMC & MCGM, Palghar Zilla parishad and Chhattisgarh gov
Trained more than 500 health workers (government + NGO) for smooth operation
In talks with Maharashtra and other state gov which will impact around 3-5 lakh mothers
Public + Private partnership with gov of Nagaland along with HCL foundation to impact 10 thousand mothers
Increase the reach and accessibility of CareNx products to rural India
CareNx is a private for-profit organization which is interest in only that much of profit which helps them keep the organization operating. The sole purpose of CareNX is community services. They have their technology partners and investors like Grand Challenges Canada, Cisco etc. which provided all technical and financial support to help business running. Further, they have collaboration with some NGOs which are implementing partners and help CareNX to reach pregnant mothers across the country. These NGOs are also a customer of CareNX which are using CareMother Kit to providing health services in their operating area. Care NX also provide a training program to train health workers in efficiently operating devices. Third partners are government health bodies are finding this idea extremely helping in meeting their objective of providing maternal health care services in rural areas. Data generated through these devices is extremely valuable for government bodies to keep a track record of the health status of the population. A Web application portal has been developed which can be customized according to need to and used as a dashboard for online monitoring and tracking of health records.
CareNX is also encouraging doctors and medical practitioner to buy these portable devices and use them on rental bases.
Works with both Private and Public setting
Private: Partners with NGOs, health workers and professionals
Public: ANM workers carry kit on ANC checkup days
CSR funding for projects with NGO as implementing partners
AI and ML used to develop algorithms to identify high risk mothers. Doctors use the mobile or web portal to prioritize visits to high risk to be mothers
Special training for healthcare workers on app and how to use the kit
Track and plan visits – helps the companies funding via CSR to get an idea about the impact the initiative is creating
CareNx currently has two products which are helping them drive change in society.
Increased awareness among to be parents to have healthy baby
Intervention for Administrative heads like tehsildars via dashboards and reports- they can get a report of there are as to how many pregnant women need care, how many are anemic or how many are at high risk
Awareness about the complications involved in high-risk pregnancies and how these could be resolved with regular checkups and proper medical assistance
Healthy babies being delivered by mothers
More care given to mothers in need
In metro cities where women don’t have time to go and visit doctors for checkup the kits are a boon
Hasslefree and timesaving way to help mothers understand their and the babies health
ANJANA DONAKONDA, Ms
CareNx Innovations builds healthcare technologies to deliver healthcare services to remote patients using mobile platforms.