NORCROSS, GEORGIA / CHENNAI, INDIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is proud to announce a joint agreement between the Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF), based in Chennai, India, and the India-based branch of American Megatrends, American Megatrends India, Pvt. Ltd., to conduct clinical trials of the AMI VitalsFit™ portable healthcare monitor, currently competing in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE® competition.
The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation that will award $10 million to teams that develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of thirteen conditions and capturing vital health metrics. As part of the same agreement, the Sundaram Medical Foundation has also indicated its intent to act as a "knowledge partner" to support American Megatrends as it moves into the final stages of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.
AMI VitalsFit is a stylish, accurate, portable and easy-to-use health-monitoring device that patients can use in the comfort of their own homes for real-time insight into a wide variety of vital health statistics. This groundbreaking device can be used to diagnose a set of fifteen different diseases, including Anemia, Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Apnea, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Ear Infection and Leukocytosis.
The team behind AMI VitalsFit has already commercialized a small device - called AMI B.O.L.T™ - which is controlled by an iOS™, Android™ or Windows® mobile app and can check blood pressure, blood oxygen level and body temperature among other vital statistics. They are now in the process of integrating other technologies into the device to meet the requirements of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. The team has also developed small probes to check for anemia, ear infection, lung capacity, electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) and electroencephalogram (EEG), all of which connect to the base device and/or mobile phone for diagnosis.
Speaking on behalf of the Sundaram Medical Foundation, Dr.Parivalavan Rajavelu, MS, DNB, FRCS, Consultant and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Sundaram Medical Foundation, commented that "We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with American Megatrends to conduct the clinical trials of the AMI VitalsFit portable healthcare monitor. AMI is a highly respected company in India, and as an India-based institute, we take great pride in supporting this 'Made in India' venture as the AMI team blazes new trails as the only Indian team in this prestigious competition. We are confident that the combined medical knowledge of the SMF and the rigorous methodology behind our testing protocols will help enable the AMI team to reach the final stages of the competition, and we are very excited for this opportunity."
"American Megatrends believes strongly that devices such as AMI VitalsFit will soon become readily accessible to the general public, paving the way for patients to become active participants in the administration of their healthcare, in even closer consultation with their providers. We are delighted to have the support of the Sundaram Medical Foundation in this journey, secure in the knowledge that they share our vision and can contribute their considerable expertise to make this product even better. The final outcome of our agreement, and the trials that will result from it, will be a superior health monitoring solution that is accessible, easy-to-use and affordable, yet powerful enough to make key vital statistics and health information readily available at one's fingertips. We also feel strongly that the Sundaram Medical Foundation's clinical expertise and rigorous research protocols will greatly enhance our chances of success in this prestigious competition," said Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends and Chairman of American Megatrends India Pvt. Ltd.
About AMI VitalsFit™
From just a prototype blood pressure meter to a composite and portable healthcare device, AMI VitalsFit has come a long way. The ideas behind this design have been actualized as science, developed along with the needs of the hour. The inception of AMI VitalsFit began with a prototype board designed in August 2012 - a handmade PCB designed to confirm the working principles of the components. Later, with rapid changes and rigorous rounds of component selection and testing, new features were added and this the paved way to AMI VitalsFit in its current form. Over the period of several years, the device has undergone several modifications in terms of design and functionality. As a result, it is a highly advanced design, ready to address the inefficient, expensive, and inertia-bound healthcare system. The "Team Danvantri" from American Megatrends India Pvt. Ltd., led by IT veteran Sridharan Mani, Director and CEO of AMI India, is the only team from India competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and has currently reached the round of seven remaining finalists, with the winner to be selected in early 2017.
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Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends International LLC (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, innovative StorTrends® Network Storage hardware and software products, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.
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