Innovation in Healthcare: World’s First Smartphone-Compatible Flexible Bronchoscope Unveiled on World Anaesthesia Day


Lucknow:  In a groundbreaking development that marks a significant leap in medical technology, Dr. Ashish Kannaujia(Professor Department of Anaesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical sciences) a leading innovator in healthcare solutions, is thrilled to announce the unveiling of the world’s first smartphone-compatible flexible bronchoscope. This revolutionary device, designed to enhance patient care and streamline medical procedures, was officially launched on World Anaesthesia Day on 16th October in Lucknow.

The smartphone-compatible flexible bronchoscope is a cutting-edge medical device that combines precision and portability, enabling healthcare professionals to conduct intricate procedures with unprecedented ease and accuracy. By seamlessly integrating with smartphones, Tablet or computers this innovative bronchoscope empowers doctors with real-time visualizations, pictures and video recording, and sharing of data, transforming the way bronchoscopic examinations are performed. The device will also be useful for placement of endotracheal tube in patients who have difficulty in intubation during anaesthesia.

Key Features of the Smartphone-Compatible Flexible Bronchoscope:

Seamless Integration: The device seamlessly connects to smartphones, providing high-resolution, real-time images and video feeds for enhanced diagnostic capabilities.

Flexibility and Maneuverability: The bronchoscope’s lightweight, ergonomical flexible design allows for smooth navigation through the voice box and windpipe, ensuring minimal discomfort for patients and accurate examinations for healthcare providers. It is available in six sizes to suit the needs of every patient from newborn to adult and for every procedure from examination of airway to pulmonary interventions.

High-Resolution Imaging: Equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology, the bronchoscope delivers crystal-clearHD images, enabling doctors to identify and diagnose medical conditions with unparalleled clarity.

Portability: Its compact and lightweight design enhances mobility, allowing healthcare professionals to carry out procedures in various clinical settings, including emergency rooms, operating rooms, and outpatient facilities.

User-Friendly Interface: The accompanying smartphone application features an intuitive interface, enabling doctors to control the bronchoscope, capture images, and record videos effortlessly.

Dr. Ashish Kannaujia, the inventor of this innovative bronchoscope, expressed enthusiasm about the device’s potential impact on patient care. “This technology represents a significant advancement in the field of bronchoscopy. Its compatibility with smartphones not only enhances convenience but also facilitates quicker and more accurate diagnoses at affordable cost, ultimately improving patient outcomes.” Dr.Ashish has several other innovations to his credit including smartphone compatible video laryngoscope for which he was invited in Rashtrapati bhavan New Delhi to show case his innovation in 2016. He has also made an AED trainer in Hindi which is used for CPR (done after cardiac arrest) training to the paramedical and public. He told that currently bronchoscopes are not manufactured in our country, and we are totally dependent on import. The global bronchoscope market is   around USD2.5billion which is expected to grow USD 3.7Billion. India is largest importer and mainly imports from Japan, Germany, and China. This invention will not only help to decrease the dependence on import but also has huge export potential for bronchoscopes.

The unveiling of the smartphone-compatible flexible bronchoscope on World Anaesthesia Day highlights his commitment to advancing healthcare solutions and improving medical practices worldwide. As the global community celebrates the contributions of anaesthesia providers, this groundbreaking technology underscores the importance of continuous innovation in the medical field. He has asked help from government agencies and interested investors for upscaling of the device so that it can be made available for the larger benefit of the public.

India, like many other countries, has long been reliant on imported medical devices, including bronchoscopes, to meet the demands of its healthcare industry. The introduction of the smartphone-compatible flexible bronchoscope by [COMPANY NAME] marks a critical turning point. With its domestic production and availability, India can significantly reduce its dependence on imports, ensuring a steady supply of essential medical equipment while bolstering the nation’s self-reliance and healthcare infrastructure.

India has historically faced challenges related to the import of medical devices, often resulting in supply chain disruptions and increased costs for healthcare facilities. The domestic production of the smartphone-compatible flexible bronchoscope not only addresses these challenges but also holds immense potential for export. As Indian manufacturers ramp up production to meet domestic demands, surplus units can be exported to countries facing similar challenges, thus contributing to the nation’s economic growth and global healthcare initiatives.

“Our innovation not only marks a milestone  but also aligns with the ‘Make in India’ initiative, promoting indigenous manufacturing and reducing import dependency. This breakthrough technology not only ensures a consistent supply of advanced medical devices for our healthcare sector but also positions India as a key player in the global market, enhancing our export potential significantly.”

The domestic production of the smartphone-compatible flexible bronchoscope is expected to generate employment opportunities, foster technological advancements, and promote research and development in the medical technology sector. By reducing import dependence and stimulating local manufacturing, this innovation aligns with India’s vision of becoming self-reliant and reinforces the country’s position as a hub for cutting-edge healthcare solutions.

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