Winner: Sohum Innovation Lab Pvt ltd and Vanni Trust – Established Stage
Sohum is a non-invasive safe technology to screen neonates for hearing impairment with high sensitivity and specificity. Sohum uses brainstem auditory evoked response (BERA or ABR) technology which is the gold standard in the auditory testing.Sohum technology is compact, battery operated, easy to train and use by healthcare workers. Sohum device gives automated results (PASS, REFER, REDO) and can perform in noisy environment with high sensitivity and specificity. The technology is telemedicine enabled and provides a unique way to manage the care cycle and brings accountability to the system.
Sohum has cross subsiding business models and has been working with government, non-profit and private institutes in Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Telangana, UP, Rajasthan, Tripura and Madhya Pradesh implementing the Universal newborn hearing screening program in India. Sohum has partnered with the state governments of Himachal Pradesh and Tripura for their Universal Hearing Screening programs in 18 District hospitals.
ICMR & Department of Health research, Ministry of Health has tested the device in a large scale study and recommended the program for National programs. Sohum is also working with Sense International (India, Africa) to screen babies in rural parts of Tanzania & Uganda. Our partner VAANI foundation (India) screen new born in rural and unaffordable settings of Karnataka. Since the launch, we could screen 20000+ babies & identify 145 babies with hearing loss & saved them from lifelong disability.
Sohum Innovation Lab develops solutions to improve the health and incomes of people living in resource-poor settings. We do front line research and develop technologies and strategies, that prevent disability & create a self-sustaining value chain among the under-served for inclusive growth. We believe in leveraging partnerships to ensure sustainability and scalable impact. Meanwhile, we measure our success by the social impact we create. We are ISO13485 certified for the design, manufacturing, & services of medical devices. The founder of the lab- Nitin Sisodia is a fellow from Stanford India Biodesign program. Sohum has received Presidential National Award for its innovation and is committed to providing the best of medical technologies for the underserved population.