A student of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Ambar Srivastava, has developed a mobile phone-size haemoglobin metre, called TrueHb Hemometer, which works like a conventional glucometer with a tiny drop of blood from a pinprick on the disposable strip.
TrueHb has been validated by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for its efficacy, and is expected to help identify and tackle anaemia effectively. It is the first case of innovation from the IIT-Delhi’s biomedical engineering department getting “productized”.
TrueHb works like a conventional glucometer with just a tiny drop of blood from a pinprick on the disposable strip. It not only reads the accurate level within 45 seconds, but also stores up to 1,000 such readings. It can be charged like a mobile phone and allows up to 300 tests per charge. While the price of the TrueHb meter has not been fixed as of now, it is expected to be cheaper than most other similar devices in the market, which cost well over Rs 25,000.
It will be very useful on the field for health workers, blood banks, primary health centres, the school health scheme of the government, and all point of care use, including for use at home, explained Srivastava. Read more in the report by Rema Nagarajan.