The ‘ReDx-Redesigning Diagnostics’ by the Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab - USA with IIT-Bombay; Hinduja National Hospital; and WeSchool recently concluded in an ‘Open House’ at WeSchool campus in Mumbai.

The ‘Open House’ was inaugurated by Minister for Education & Culture, Govt of Maharashtra, Vinod Tawde and showcased the outcome of a weeklong workshop where 100 innovators from across India, collaborated and shared ideas.

“India faces major challenges in healthcare. Today an early diagnosis is a priority for every family and we need to provide facilities to enable them for self-care and to avoid hospitalisation. WeSchool and MIT have made a wonderful beginning, now the government must step in to take it forward," said Tawde during his inaugural speech. "We will certainly facilitate such projects which will help create accessible and affordable healthcare solutions for the common people.”

The innovators who attended the workshop hailed from across boundaries of disciplines, institutions and cultures, and were striving towards creating diagnostic devices to bring high quality and low cost medical solutions to millions of people. The prototypes displayed how the confluence of talent, technology, finance and innovation can create better healthcare that is available to all.

A group of 16 students across diverse programmes like General Management, Business Design, Ebiz and Healthcare from WeSchool had also participated in ReDx under the mentorship of renowned innovator Ramesh Raskar and his colleagues.

Some of the prototypes presented during the workshop include: Stethocardiogram: a low-cost, handheld screening device for valvular heart disease; low cost X- Ray machine; Vein Detection using Augmented Reality & Oxymetric mapping; iLABLEit for retinal imaging annotation; DAAnt – an automated devise for early detection and continuous monitoring of dental health;MIT Smart Toilet Initiative- Personalised health bioanalytics at home; and Skin perfusion Photography – analyzing wounds, burns & other skin conditions using blood flow perfusion maps.

“WeSchool’s efforts at creating an ecosystem for convergence of design thinking, technology and empathy has created this wonderful platform for bringing participants from diverse streams to design these much needed healthcare diagnostic devices which will have immense innovation value and social impact in the years ahead," said Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool who was leading the ReDx initiative During ReDx in a press statement. "WeSchool students have helped translate potentially high impact ideas/solutions sourced from health researchers & doctors and turned these challenges not only into working prototypes but also into executable business solutions."

"The workshop will help students boost their entrepreneurial spirit that will lead to new plans, new strategies, dreams and visions,” he added.

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