Doctors for Medical Machines
Machines that help doctors save lives also need care and attention, a new venture aims to provide just that.
Engineer Samrat Singh Basnet was always interested in electronics and medicine, so he studied biomedical engineering. After working for a few private companies, he decided that it was time to do something on his own. Working for various medical institutions Basnet got to visit hospitals throughout Nepal, and he saw how medical equipment was maintained in hospitals—most of the staff members were not aware of equipment maintenance, and there were hardly any skilled experts to maintain them.
“In most cases, non-experts look after the machines and fix it by hit-and-trial method, which doesn’t always work. These sophisticated machines require expertise and a wrong touch could be life-threatening for patients,” he says. Witnessing these conditions, and being a biomedical engineer with the required training to fix these machines, he and a few of his engineer friends thought of using their engineering skills to solve the issue.
In 2012, Basnet established a service center called Electro Medical Solutions. “While conducting complex surgeries, it’s not just doctors and nurses that are required, an engineer to monitor the device is also needed. Electro Medical provides an engineer on duty for such procedures to regulate the machinery,” says Basnet. Within two years, the company has been able to set up a separate bio-medical departments in various hospitals, including Annapurna Neuro Hospital, Civic Hospital, Melina Hospital and Bipin Smriti.
The company has also introduced a home care service to provide these services to public. Anyone can call on their helpline, and within a few hours an expert will be sent to check their personal medical machines. And this is done free of cost.
Mapping the Un-mappable
In an effort to map the nooks and corners of the entire world, Steve Coast initiated OpenStreetMap, a free and editable online map, in 2004. In 2012, Kathmandu Living Labs took up the challenge for Nepal. Using the open source platform of OpenStreeMap, Kathmandu Living Lab is mapping Nepal, starting from the valley, with the contribution of general users.
As the organization mobilizes the community to draw our city’s map, it is also working on features to provide a glimpse into possibilities that could come from having a detailed map. One of which is the taxi fare calculator that calculates the actual meter readings, distance travelled, waiting charges and shortest distance (taking one-ways into account).The organization is also working to map schools and hospitals in the valley, and is collaborating with other projects related to natural disaster response.
App Challenge for Samsung Gear 2
Samsung invites developers around the world to submit applications developed with the Samsung Gear Dev Tool. As a part of their ongoing series of competition, “Samsung Smart App Challenges”, which began in 2012, the company is looking for best ideas to complement the newly launched Gear 2. Through the two rounds of the competition, the developers will have the chance to win a total prize money worth $100,000. The platform will also provide promotional exposure for the winner’s apps, thanks to Samsung’s global marketing channels.