Dr. Henry 2.0: Automated Anticoagulation Monitoring for Safety Net Patients
Sep 27, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
|Where||Engr. IV Bldg., Tesla Room 53-125|
|Contact Name||Prof. Aydogan Ozcan|
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A physician, medical technology researcher and social entrepreneur
The unmet clinical need: Warfarin is the most commonly prescribed oral anticoagulant in the U.S. and it is the first line of preventative therapy against thromboembolism. Around 20% of patients will be hospitalized because of warfarin mismanagement within the first 6 months of therapy each year. Due to these serious side effects, coagulation monitoring is an integral part of warfarin therapy. In this project, we have evaluated the current coagulation monitoring market in the Safety Net system and identified a key unmet clinical need. We believe that around 134,000 patients in the U.S. are hospitalized per year due to events that could be prevented with more frequent coagulation monitoring.
The concept: Our value proposition centers around an efficient and accessible test delivery system - a kiosk. Our self-test kiosk, named Dr Henry 2.0, features speed, convenience and affordability that will streamline and reduce burdens for both patients and healthcare providers in the system. We believe we can reduce hospitalization rate due to warfarin mismanagement by 50%, leading to improved quality of life for patients and significantly lower mortality rates, while saving the Safety Net System between $900 million - $1.7 billion annually.
Dr. Shubhra Jain is a physician, medical technology researcher and social entrepreneur. Motivated by the impact of technology on healthcare, she was part of the bio-design program at Stanford and continues to advise medical technology startups with their challenges. She also runs a nonprofit institution that manages two hospitals and a para medical institute in rural India. Dr. Jain trained and practiced as a physician in India and graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. She has worked on several interdisciplinary research projects and presented her research in national and international conferences. She enjoys traveling, dancing and working on nascent innovative medical technologies.