Oulu’s innovation to improve future health in Pakistan

12 January 2023

Oulu-based NE Device SW and Sehat Kahani, the leading digital health provider in Pakistan, have signed the agreement to pilot and deploy the NE Device SW’s solution, Vitacam, in Sehat Kahani E-Clinics . The main goal of this initiative is to bring contactless measurements to under-served communities.

NE Device SW is an innovative medical device company that specialises in software for imaging and medical devices. Its flagship product, Vitacam, uses computer vision to obtain vital signs measurements. It supports nurses by automating the routine task of gathering observations. The solution is a CE-marked medical device.

In Pakistan, the prevalence of emphysema and chronic bronchitis (conditions commonly grouped as COPD) is estimated at 13.8% due to smoking and exposure to the burning of biomass fuel. An above-normal respiratory rate and/or heart rate is one of the indicators of the severity of a COPD exacerbation, requiring antibiotic therapy. Therefore, Vitacam perfectly answers the needs of the community. The innovation enables patients coming to Sehat Kahani’s clinics to get their respiratory rate and heart rate measured through a smartphone-recorded video without any additional equipment besides a smartphone. Respiratory rate is usually the first vital sign to alter in a deteriorating patient. Timely and accurate respiratory rate measurements with early, effective, and appropriate interventions can vastly improve patient outcomes.

“I am delighted that Vitacam contactless measurements can now benefit underprivileged remote communities in Pakistan. Together with Sehat Kahani, our vision is that cloud computing and smartphones can reduce inequalities in healthcare provision,” said Moyeen Ahmad, CEO of NE Device SW.

“With the addition of Vitacam, we are hopeful that patient diagnostics will be enhanced, and we also look forward to identifying and treating more and more respiratory ailments with ease,” said Dr Iffat Zafar Aga; Cofounder and COO Sehat Kahani.

“As we are scaling up, diagnostic tools like Vitacam give Sehat Kahani physicians the desired results, improving patient outcomes,” added Dr Sara Saeed Khurram, Cofounder and CEO Sehat Kahani.

The partnership between NE Device SW and Sehat Kahani is facilitated by Vendor Junction, a knowledge-based professional service and management firm specialising in international business development, channel sales ecosystems, and in-country business operations management across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia for European and U.S. companies.

Contact person
Moyeen Ahmad
CEO, NE Device SW
[email protected]

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