Ludhiana | DMCH and IIT Ropar develop app to monitor epileptic seizures

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Ropar) has developed Epilepto, a mobile app for epileptic seizure management. The application is available on Apple Store and Google Play.

The app allows patients to set reminders for their medications, keep seizure diaries and video recordings, and allows patients’ caregivers to monitor symptoms of a seizure. It has an emergency call and messaging service that alerts caregivers in a crisis and shares the patient’s location via a Google Maps link.

The multilingual application is also a repository of informative content recorded by DMCH neurologists. It also has an interactive chatbot. Krishnu RS from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at IIT Ropar was the lead developer of the app.

IIT Assistant Professor and Director of Epilepto, Dr Ashish Sahani, said: “Through this app, patients can self-manage several aspects of the disease. In epilepsy, regular medication is essential to prevent seizures, and Epilepto reminds patients to take the medication through push notifications.

DMCH Chief of Neurology, Dr Gagandeep Singh, who led the clinical team, said: “Many epilepsy patients find it difficult to take medication regularly and keep a seizure diary. This app will go a long way in helping patients lead normal and healthy lives and provide accurate data about their neurologists. »

“A clinical trial is underway to refine the app using patient feedback,” added Dr. Gagandeep.

Smart watch for epilepsy patients

The team is also developing a smartwatch, which will detect seizures and send alerts to caregivers. “The project was funded by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). Once the Smart Watch is ready, it will be integrated into the Epilepto application.

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