Medtronic launches first-ever Open Innovation Platform in APAC, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Mumbai, India: Medical device maker, Medtronic announced the launch of) for APAC which will aid in strategic collaboration with various innovators across the healthcare ecosystem for developing healthcare through capability development, partnerships and business organizations networking in the areas of medical technology a nd digital health.

The platform will enable Medtronic to explore and advance partnership opportunities that can help it leverage AI and automation to address patient needs. The global healthcare technology leader is planning to invest up to US$50 million, over a period of five years, starting from FY22, to support capability development of talent and technology.

Speaking on the company’s intent to get hands on the best technology to address patient needs, Chris Lee, president for Asia Pacific, Medtronic said, “Building on the entrepreneurial spirit that we share with other companies including our Medtronic OIP start-ups serves as a launchpad for us to grow new ideas, empower an innovative ecosystem and translate this collaboration into actionable outcomes. Medtronic is one of the best destinations for innovation and innovators due to its large and diverse portfolio across 70 disease states. This is indeed aligned to our new brand and bold ambition to become the global healthcare technology leader,

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Long viral fever baffles doctors, many patients end up in ICU, Health News, ET HealthWorld

HYDERABAD: Doctors in the city are baffled as patients with viral fever are landing in intensive care unit (ICU), a never-seen-before scenario.

The recovery time taken for most viral and vector-borne diseases has increased by 2 to 5 days as well, increasing hospital visits and use of antibiotics to treat viral fevers and hospitalizations.

While doctors struggle to understand the exact reason behind the development, they indicate that it could be due to a different reaction to the viruses after a long period of staying at home and away from viruses, seasonal changes, dip in general immunity levels or a possible change in strains.

“Earlier, viral fevers used to last for 1 to 2 days and then people would recover on their own. We used to see patients coming with high grade fever and testing dengue positive but now these cases are testing negative for dengue, malaria and still not recovering for 4 for 5 days. The recovery is not only slow but also after recovering they are becoming weak and dehydrated in case of all kinds of viral fevers, many a times requiring admission. Also, influenza and dengue patients are taking longer than earlier to recover. In dengue there

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Long Covid may not be as fatal as acute COVID-19 but can worsen existing ailments, say experts, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Long-Covid may not be as fatal and hard-hitting as acute COVID-19 and mostly improve over time but it can worsen existing ailments such as diabetes and kidney diseases, healthcare experts said.

The criteria to objectively define long-COVID is still evolving, but WHO recently described it as a post-COVID-19 condition in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 along with symptoms lasting for at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.

Dr Khan Amir Maroof, Professor at Department of Community Medicine, and Coordinator of Medical Education Unit, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi, said some patients were getting readmitted even after recovery or seeking OPD consultation for Covid-related problems.

“We know that it (long-Covid) is a real entity which we have to keep a track of in our research and clinical practice in the long run. Its effect on the quality of life and the economic status of a family and a community is also to be understood better,” Dr Maroof told PTI.

He said various terms — post-COVID, post-acute-COVID syndrome, chronic-Covid — are being used to identify COVID-19 manifestations which either persist for two to three months and longer or

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