India is a hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; world-class scientists, clinical trials and hospitals, yet the country faces daunting public health challenges. India's population in 2021 is 1.39 billion, and rural India contains over 68%. Out of the existing over 55,000 laboratories in India, more than 40,000 laboratories are in Tier II and Tier III segments, covering the rural and semi-urban population with limited access to the majority of In-Vitro Diagnostics technologies.
As a basic test to evaluate a patient’s general health status, the penetration of complete blood count (CBC) in rural areas will help to assess the prevalence of various anemia (which is one of the major concerns in India) among the rural population and its control. An affordable and accurate hematology analyzer is the need of the hour. Therefore, local healthcare organizations take note of EDAN with the appreciation for providing a comprehensive solution of Hematology tailored to different user needs.
Cooperation with Local Teaching Hospitals by Comprehensive Hematology Product Matrix
After noticing that the benefits of IVD technologies remain underserved to the patients in these rural areas, EDAN's first step is to work towards enabling medical facilities in remote areas can access blood analyzers with limited resources. To meet the demands of the local market, EDAN IVD team chose H60S and H30 Pro, two newly released products in the past two years, to cooperate with local hospitals in India.
Koppal Institute of Medical Sciences, referred to KIMS Koppal, is one of the privileged medical institutes in Karnataka State. It was established in 2003, affiliated with the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, and approved by the NMC. KIMS Koppal has over 450 teaching beds and receives 650 outpatients daily. A batch of 5-part Hematology Analyzer, H60S, and 3-part Hematology Analyzer, H30 Pro, has been installed into the hospital and received positive comments.
“EDAN H60S can reach 300 daily samples in our hospital. The accuracy and speed of testing are both highly improved by the 5-part analyzer. It truly helps us to achieve better education outcomes and inspire our students with high-end models in the field.” Said staff from the teaching hospital.
Since India is a populous country, those low to moderate-volume laboratories are often overloaded. To address this challenge, H60S is equipped with a few automatic features, such as automatic rotation and recognition of sample ID and 60 samples capacity autoloader with continuous loading, which can lighten the workload for clinicians.
“Automation, being the primary focus of the hematology testing, the market has been witnessing considerable technological advancements with respect to products that offer effective, accurate, and fast testing results,” Said Bo Wang, the IVD Marketing Manager of EDAN. "H60S hematology analyzer has further reduced results delivery time, making the process more effective and efficient in disease diagnosis, and enabling clinicians to get more done in their daily work."
Efforts to Achieve Broader Accessibility of Reliable Hematology Analyzers
In wider areas of rural India, more resource-constrained medical institutions opt for the cost-effective Hematology Analyzers, H30 Pro. As a 3-part analyzer, H30 Pro provides sufficient information in most clinical settings. With up to 120 days of board stability, zero complex maintenance, customizable printout format, and the improved fluidic system reducing reagent consumption, H30 Pro can well suit users’ needs with clinical values and effective cost control.
“The major change in the hematology segment is the introduction of highly compact 3-part and 5-part hematology systems. These compact systems are well suited for rural India, and are expected to bring in changes in the IVD industry.” Said Dr. Sunita Deshmukh, Head of Lab Sciences & Blood Bank Dept, Paras Hospitals.
By insisting on field visits to access end-users' feedback, EDAN team built a direct connection between the brand and local audiences, which also benefitted the sustained upgrading and development of IVD products.
Hematology analyzers are the real workhorse of clinical laboratories. EDAN will keep working on the development of hematology clinical applications in India, extending the reach of hematology analyzers to laboratories in remote areas, and adding more value to local patient care.