HD Medical's HD Steth Screens Over 50,000 Children for Congenital Heart Defects
In recognition of World Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness week, HD Medical Inc. today announces it has screened over 50,000 children for CHDs using HD Steth™. These screenings have been conducted at multiple locations in India, helping to save over 35 lives to date. HD Medical plans to expand the screenings to over 500,000 children worldwide. The children diagnosed with CHD were provided life-saving treatments and surgeries by the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in India.
CHDs are the most common types of birth defects. One out of 100 babies are born with CHD worldwide and nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs. In India, each year approximately 300,000 children are born with CHD and approximately 25 percent die before their first birthday. The absence of early screening and sophisticated pediatric care is causing over 250 deaths among children every day in India. Conventional stethoscopes used for screening have resulted in 28 percent false positives and 51 percent false negatives when used by non-specialists and health workers. While the Ultrasound Echocardiogram is a more accurate alternative, high equipment cost and low availability of trained medical professionals have limited their usage.
HD Medical's FDA-cleared HD Steth addresses this problem, providing a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for non-specialists and primary healthcare workers. HD Steth was tested and validated through a clinical study involving 1,200 children, with 91 percent sensitivity and 99 percent specificity for detecting heart murmurs caused by CHDs compared to Ultrasound Echocardiograms as a gold standard at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hosptal at Raipur, Chhattisgarh State in Central India. Based on this study, HD Steth was adopted in a large CHD screening program at their group hospitals and medical screening programs at multiple locations in India as follows:
The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani hospitals in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Haryana are India's largest providers of totally free pediatric heart procedures, performing nearly 14,000 surgeries and catheter interventions since 2012. "The centers stand committed to the investment in child health initiatives for a healthier nation in the future by offering quality healthcare provided totally free of cost," said Mr. C Sreenivas, Chairman of Sai Sanjeevani hospitals. "The HD Steth device from HD Medical is very helpful for screening children with CHD at an early stage so that a timely surgical intervention can be possible to save their lives. We have recently signed an MOU between the Chhattisgarh State Government and HD Medical to screen 77,000 children in Bastar, a remote tribal region. HD Steth makes it possible for healthcare workers to screen children for CHD and refer them for follow up care at our hospitals."
"HD Steth is very easy to use by non-specialists with minimal training requirements for cardiac auscultation and as a screening tool. We started a program to screen over 100,000 children in Chickaballapur District in Karnataka State during October 2020 and so far have screened close to 20,000 children despite COVID-19," said Dr. Satish Babu, a leading Endocrinologist trained at Cambridge University Hospital, King's College Hospital and Cardiff University Hospital in UK and currently practicing at Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital, Muddenahalli near Bengaluru, Karnataka.
"We have also expanded the HD Steth screening program to countries such as Fiji, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Malaysia, and the U.S.," said Arvind Thiagarajan, Founder and CEO of HD Medical. "These screenings will target 500,000 children within a year, demonstrating HD Medical's commitment to the cause of saving children through early CHD screening with better technology."
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About HD Medical, Inc.
HD Medical, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based innovator of digital health solutions for AI-enabled detection and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD). HD Steth™ has been awarded FDA clearance (K201299). The company delivers intelligent cardiac care solutions and products globally to medical professionals and institutions through channel partners and through the Company's website. Visit www.hdmedicalgroup.com.
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