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HemoCue , improving lives through innovation

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Working with healthcare professionals within various clinical areas all over the world, HemoCue has developed a profound understanding of varying needs. Withfour HemoCue tests being performed each second worldwide, HemoCue point-of-care testing contributes to better healthcare, by providing the data you need, when and where you need it, to make accurate healthcare decisions quickly.

Bjorn Christ, President – HemoCue AB and Deepak Sharma, Regional Sales Director Asia Pacific, HemoCuein conversation with Ekta Srivastava, Health technology talks about on how to Screen and Treat Anemia’ and the potentiality of technology in eradicating anemia

Current state of anemia in India and how it needs to be tackled

Affecting over half of all Indian women, a fourth of all men, 79% of children aged 6–59 months and causing 20 per cent maternal deaths, anemia presents a formidable public health challenge. Seeing the magnitude of the problem, there is a dire need to take urgent steps to ensure anemia is diagnosed in time and treatment measures instituted promptly.

Emphasis on anemia in pregnant women and issues related

With formidable statistics in women and pregnant women, anemia and its related complications can have very serious implications on the health of this and coming generations. An anaemic mother will give birth to a weak child who will be more susceptible to diseases. Hence, it is crucial to ensure a healthy pregnancy for women to ensure healthy childhood of children and healthy future for the entire country.

Importance of diagnosing and treatment from a very early age

Early and accurate diagnosis can play a key role in improving treatment outcomes in anemia. Employing detection methods that are fast, accurate and reliable promises to be a significant step forward in meeting the challenge anemia poses.Moreover, manual collation of data associated with these methods takes months and is error-prone, which in turn means that anemia management policies often have to be based on either insufficient or unreliable data.

How HemoCue is making an impact to address the issue from the grass root level?

To diagnose anemia and make early crucial decisions related to managing anemia in patients and to monitor response to therapy, haemoglobin measurement remains the prime focus. And that is where HemoCue can make a difference with its technology-enabled products. Continuing with our mission of improving lives through innovation, we have developed HemoCue Health Trender Anemia, an innovative solution that ensures optimal usage of resources to secure maximum outcome of healthcare program.

How do you think technology can be leverage in treating such diseases?

HemoCue HealthTrenderAnemia is an innovative solution that when integrated with community health programs, can help address the issues of delayed actions if the program does not show the pursued effect. We strongly believe that the real time data generated helps the decision makers to create policies around anemia management

For a start-up, how Demonetization and Digitalization affecting businesses in India

Demonetization is a strong step undertaken by the Government of India to fight black money and corruption and we support the government in their initiative. Combined with the Digital India campaign, India is now bound for greater economic successes. A strong decision like this might have initial teething troubles, but the larger and long term good is inevitable.

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