IIT-Bombay’s BETiC gets MEDHA (Medical Device Hackathon) underway MEDHA 2018

IIT-Bombay's BETiC gets MEDHA (Medical Device Hackathon) underway MEDHA 2018 to bring together engineers and doctors to develop homegrown innovations

The highly anticipated annual series of Medical Device Hackathon, popularly known as MEDHA is currently underway. This is an initiative by BETiC – Biomedical Engineering and Technology incubation Centre at IIT Bombay, who have collaborated with K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai; G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur and School of Bioengineering, MIT-ADT University, Pune for holding MEDHA in the respective campuses.

“MEDHA is a weekend hackathon for identifying potential medical devices innovators. Here is where interested industry professionals as well as medical, engineering and industrial design students can team up to develop innovative solutions for unmet clinical needs and directly impact human health,” shares Prof. B. Ravi, who heads BETiC.

The first MEDHA of 2018 took place in Mumbai on 7-8 July at K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering. A total of 20 participants including final year medical, engineering students brainstormed ideas and sketched concepts under the guidance of BETiC mentors to come up with innovative solutions for the given clinical problems. On Sunday, they presented their proof-of-concept before a jury panel.

“Whether it is an idea for accurate estimation of lung volume for detecting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or rapid measurement of stump parameters for developing prosthetic limbs, MEDHA has always encouraged cost-sensitive innovations that can fill the demand and supply gap in the healthcare space,” explained Dr. Rupesh Ghyar, Sr. Executive Officer, BETiC.

Working professionals and final year students of medicine, design, mechanical and electronics streams interested in participating at MEDHA Nagpur on 21-22 July or Pune on 4-5 August can look up the details at www.betic.org and apply.