To begin with, can you outline the nature of NHHID for our readers?
Undue dependence (85%) on imports costs us dearly. Therefore quick augmentation of our ability to develop instruments of global standards right at University level is imperative. This led to NHHID as a viable approach to sustainable solution for affordability of quality healthcare.
NHHID is a novel facilitation concept and structure conceived by Department of Science and Technology under the auspices of Technology Development and Transfer Division and implemented by Anna University by integrating Scientists, Engineers, Technologists, Clinicians, Industrialists and Businessmen to accelerate indigenous healthcare instrumentation.
It is formed by bringing together six different engineering/ technology groups of Anna University (Electronics & Communication Engineering, Centre for Biotechnology, Manufacturing Engineering, Electronics Engineering and groups with similar and complementary expertise from six other reputed institutions such as Indian Institute of Science, Madras Veterinary College, Christian Medical College, CSIO, IIT(M) and Central Electro Chemical Research Institute to begin with. It translates and transfers commercially viable healthcare innovations from these academic departments and research institutions to companies.
It's major roles: serves as R&D arm of small and medium enterprises and hospitals; bridges the gap between prototype development and its commercialization after multi-centric validation through its product realization facility; runs testing and calibration facility for medical devices; trains manpower and educates medical and engineering professionals in the areas of biomedical engineering and instrumentation; aids apex bodies like DST, NHSRC and BIRAC to identify commercially-viable ideas and projects on healthcare devices and provide necessary support. In brief, using a multipronged approach, NHHID enables indigenous instrument manufacture for highly affordable healthcare.
What are the major instruments and equipment designed by the institute and how have these instruments made a mark in the medical field?
Antibiogram device: An inexpensive fluorescence imaging device for quicker (6-8hrs) antibiotic selection for effective treatment, particularly Urinary Tract Infection.