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Indian scientists develop credit-card sized ECG machine that costs just $80

Tele-ECG Source: Tele-ECG NDTV

Bhabha Atomic Research Center's credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine can possibly be the smallest of its kind in the world.

A group of scientists in India have developed a unique life-saving device.

NDTV reports that it is estimated that one person in India dies due to a heart attack every thirty seconds

This device is a low-cost and affordable solution for the people in villages.

While adequate health facilities exist in urban areas, rural areas in India do not have basic electro-cardiogram (ECG) machines or specialists.

Scientists at the well-known Bhabha Atomic Research Center have developed a credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine.

This can transmit an ECG over mobile phones to save lives, reports NDTV.

The imported commercial models are much bigger, heavier and expensive.

This 12-channel ECG machine costs just Rs. 4,000 (AUD 80) and is possibly the smallest of its kind in the world.

The machine can be recharged via a mobile charger.

Then the data can be transmitted via mobile network anywhere in the world to a specialist. 

"This is a small low-cost ECG machine that on a single charge takes 300 ECGs. It is rightly suited for rural areas," the developer of the tele-ECG machine, Vineet Sinha, Scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) told media.

 This credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine currently works on an Android-platform and can be used in conjunction with any smartphone.

According to the Times of India, the device is yet to be made commercial.