Mudit Dandwate | Dozee
Mudit Dandwate’s DOZEE - India’s first contactless health monitoring solution that is steadily and systematically transforming remote health monitoring in hospitals and at home – is exactly what a resource strapped healthcare sector needs today.
Mudit Dandwate and his team at DOZEE are on a mission to simplify and transform healthcare for millions in India. Launched in 2019, Dozee is India’s first contactless health monitoring solution that is steadily and systematically pioneering remote health monitoring in hospitals and at home.
A mechanical engineer by education, Mudit graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Prior to starting Dozee, he has worked as a Vehicle Dynamics Expert at Altair Technologies, a global technology company.
By turning any bed into an ICU and oxygen monitoring bed, Dozee is upending healthcare as we know it.
Mudit is no stranger to out of the box thinking. He has pioneered an MCC approved cricket bat with 3D edges that reduce the vertical velocity of cricket ball after hitting an edge, leaving 30% less time for wicket keeper or slip cordon to react. The cricket bat was licensed by Slazenger and is still in use.
Mudit has also developed his very own, ‘Thought Controlled’ Bionic Arm on June 26, 2017, after losing his arm to a crocodile attack in an attempt to save his dog who had accidentally jumped into a lake in Bengaluru. The arm is fully functional and he is regularly using it in all his chores for the last 2 years.
We initiate the session by exploring the core concept that defines Mudit Dandwate and drives him forward. It takes the Idea Leader just two words to articulate it for us : SAVING LIVES. He goes on to elucidate…
“Across the world, we follow a reactive approach for healthcare and fail to take proactive majors to take care of health. The idea is to bring a paradigm shift in the healthcare system with contactless health monitoring and an AI-Based early warning system. The healthcare system in India is highly strained due to a shortage of medical staff and to solve this we are transforming the public healthcare system. We believe that if timely actions can be taken when the health deteriorates we can save millions of lives by creating a huge impact on society.”
To address the dire shortage of ICU beds and medical staff, Dozee has taken the MillionICU initiative to upgrade the public hospital’s beds across India into step-down ICUs with continuous and contactless monitoring and an Early warning system. This can save 40 minutes of nursing hours per day per nurse due to centralized patient monitoring.
We urge Mudit to elaborate upon the scope and scale of MillionICU. The man happily elaborates…
“The MillionICU initiative is an effort to leapfrog the critical health infrastructure and empower the government hospitals with step-down ICU beds. We aim to raise funds to upgrade normal beds in government hospitals across India into Step-Down ICUs in under 5 minutes and enable remote & central monitoring of patients at the ward level - using Dozee’s contactless sensor.
The hospital beds will be installed with Dozee’s contactless sensors featuring an AI-powered triaging system that enables continuous (more than 100 times per hour) and accurate monitoring of a patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and other clinical parameters like sleep apnea and myocardial performance metrics without coming in contact with the patient.
Mudit’s team is witnessing an increased adoption of its Remote Patient Monitoring solution with over 216 hospitals across India partnering with them in the last 6 months.
The platform has been adopted across over 5,000 beds in hospitals to monitor patients continuously and to help them enhance patient care and clinical outcomes.
Dozee has monitored more than 32,000 patients, helping save thousands of lives by early identification of risk and health deterioration.
The initiative is designed to enable the hospitals to tide over the current COVID-19 crisis in the short term and bring about a rapid, long-term transformation in India’s public healthcare infrastructure.
It will dramatically increase the number of HDUs with centralized patient monitoring in these hospitals and make critical care more easily accessible and available to the needy, even in the remotest part of the country.
So why and how did the current journey become the driving obsession of his life? Was there a person or life-altering experience or turning-point that caused it or inspired it? Mudit hits flashback mode before sharing…
“After working for 3 years I realized that the work I was doing wasn't impacting the world in a meaningful way. The driving force behind all the hardship was definitely saving lives. When we started seeing that Dozee alerts was actually saving lives, it motivated us to work harder. During the second wave of the pandemic, my parents and the whole family were down with COVID-19 and we used the same Dozee device to monitor their health at home. This was really satisfying after all the initial hardships.”
Good leaders are passion spreaders, creating more leaders like them. So how is his mantra influencing & transforming his teams and professional eco-systems? Mudit shares…
“I’m happy to say that my idea, and passion, is catching on fast. As a team, we are now share a common dream, and are firmly committed to saving lives and engineering a large scale difference to India’s healthcare system. During the second wave we got calls from IGGMC Nagpur, SVBP Delhi, LNJP Delhi, INS Kochi, Rajasthan and many more locations to implement the solution on war footage. Our team took this opportunity to upgrade hospital beds to step down ICUS in many public hospitals by installing Dozee sensors and setting up a centralized monitoring system in COVID wards.”
So what is the big goal or problem – if any – that Mudit wants to solve in the future - with the help of his conviction? And what are the concrete steps being taken in that direction? Mudit captures the forward road-map succinctly…
“We aim to convert 1 Million Step-down ICU beds in the coming 2 years that will help us the public healthcare system in India. Our goal is to install 50,000 step-down ICU beds across India in the next 6 months and take it to 1 Million in the next 3 years”.
Is Mudit’s passion ‘timeless’ enough to transcend his own generation and inspire the next? Any advice for future leaders? The visionary leader is expansive and reflective at once as he shares…
“We built a start-up to save lives and we are still following the same mantra every day, every month and have been able to bring a massive impact having saved 1000+ lives. Future leaders should look at solving a problem that will create an impact that should improve millions of lives.”
It’s been an enthralling journey tracing the rise, and rise, of Mudit Dandwate and his truly life saving endeavour. We conclude the session by wishing him loads of luck, and requesting him to share a short review of Voice of Healthcare. How, for instance, can Tribute Profiles (such as Idea Leaders) add direction, inspiration and positive energy to the healthcare community? Mudit signs off with a generous compliment:
“Voice of Healthcare (VOH) acts as a think tank for policy advocacy, idea leadership and sustainable advancement of the healthcare ecosystem, both in India and globally. These tribute profiles will help to bring out more idea leaders and more impact to society through transformational changes.”
*This story is published by VOH team*
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