Sep 8, 2020

Singapore startup launches radiology enhancement software

radiology
cloud platform
diagnostics
Leila Hawkins
2 min
Singapore startup launches radiology enhancement software
The tool aims to prevent errors diagnosis to improve patient outcomes...

Singaporean healthcare startup Claritas HealthTech Pte Ltd has created new propietary software to improve the clarity of all types of radiology images. 

Imaging specialists, scientists and mathematicians at Claritas HealthTech have worked together to develop Claritas iRAD, an image enhancement process that preserves the finest details by individually enhancing each pixel to produce an image of high precision. Whether the image is unclear due to radiation, low light or tissue absorption, the tool has been designed to improve clarity without distorting, exaggerating or compromising the details of the original image.

It is estimated that the average rate of diagnostic errors involving radiology images is between 3% and 5% worldwide , which amounts to around 40 million errors a year. This has been a longstanding problem in the diagnostic process, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for fast and accurate diagnosis even more important, placing increasing demand on radiology departments. 

 The Co-Founder and COO of Claritas Devika Dutt has firsthand experience of a mistaken diagnosis from a scan. “My son was suffering from recurring stomach pains, and after getting a CT Scan just to rule out any issues, the first set of results suggested that he needed surgery" she explained. "I was horrified and distressed but after a second round of tests and scans, it turned out the first scan was simply unclear, and to my huge relief there was absolutely no need for any surgery. It was just a misdiagnosis and the infection was easily treated with medication."

Claritas iRAD can be easily integrated into existing radiology platforms. Additionally, as the platform is accessed through the Cloud, Claritas HealthTech provides fast image processing that is user-friendly, without the need for lengthy training, even for first-time users.

It is hoped that improving diagnostic performance will reduce potential harm to the patient, as the software aims to support medical professionals to better identify the nature of a patient’s illness. This should also reduce costs and time spent by patients re-testing, as well as prevent insurance and malpractice claims that may occur after a misdiagnosis.

Healthcare professional Dr Vas Metupalle commented: “In my 12 years as a healthcare entrepreneur in Asia, I find that Claritas HealthTech has an extremely unique proposition that supports doctors and radiologists in reducing missed diagnosis. It is a potential aggregator when it comes to the many AI tools in medical imaging that show better accuracy with the proprietary image enhancement solution from Claritas HealthTech, which results in improved patient outcomes and reduces further unnecessary tests for the patient”.

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

diabetes
glucosemonitoring
type1diabetes
insulin
3 min
British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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