iSTOC in IFC TechEmerge Health East Africa Program

Published on: 30/06/2020

iSTOC in IFC TechEmerge Health East Africa Program

International Finance Corporation (IFC) TechEmerge Health Program brings custom heath care solutions to East Africa. iSTOC was chosen as one of the program partners that offer technologies that can support this region during the COVID-19 pandemic. The “one-stop shop integrated solution” developed by iSTOC for infectious diseases screening consists of low-cost lateral flow tests (LFTs), iSTOC Infectious Disease Reader (IDR) installed on a mobile device to capture data from rapid tests, and iSTOC Immediate Diagnostics and Analytics (IDA) Platform. The iSTOC solution enables outpatient treatments and disease screenings on large scale, also in rural areas.

iSTOC is also one of the 53 tech companies from 20 different countries that were chosen to attend the virtual TechEmerge Health East Africa Innovation Summit, which will be organized in autumn 2020. The selected innovators from around the world offer a range of solutions that can drive better healthcare outcomes in East Africa, including tools in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Point of Care Diagnostics, Maternal & Child Health, Patient Engagement, Quality Management, Operational Efficiency and beyond.

Current rapid diagnostics and diagnostics services are slow, inefficient and expensive. The lack of capability of digitizing, transferring and analyzing visible information is costly and generates human errors. Traditional diagnostics devices are suitable mostly for laboratories. iSTOC’s mobile diagnostic solution is economical and a low-cost solution that can eliminate capital expense in IT infrastructure. The solution is designed for mass efficient screening as it provides immediate diagnostics without costly hardware setups – only a smartphone is necessary. iSTOC will provide better healthcare in rural and poor areas in East Africa by improving access to high quality affordable healthcare. Through TechEmerge Heath Program iSTOC is currently discussing of co-operation with two different hospitals in Kenya.

International Finance Corporation IFC is a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group. IFC is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries, and works to create markets that open up opportunities for all. IFC has more than 60 years of experience in unlocking private investment, creating markets and opportunities where they’re needed most. The Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in every country.

Oulu-based health companies respond to the Covid-19 challenge

Published on: 11/05/2020

Oulu-based health companies respond to the Covid-19 challenge

Oulu Region is home to several innovative health care technology companies that are, like iSTOC, giving their contribution to fight back coronavirus. BusinessOulu put together a list of companies that have stepped in with innovations that can be used in the battle against Covid-19. The article introduces companies that are providing solutions in the fields of diagnostics, disease prevention and patient monitoring, as well as in the field of telemedicine.

“Coronavirus is changing the world as we know it, but could there be some positive outcomes of the crisis? As the situation with the epidemic began to worsen internationally, a quest to find new health solutions was initiated. In Oulu, several products and services have been adapted, and new ones developed, in order to cater for the emerging needs. People are staying indoors, businesses are moving to virtual reality, face-to-face interactions are dramatically reduced, and healthcare systems overloaded. These challenges are met by Oulu-based companies that bring to the market the innovations that can be used in the battle against the virus.”

Read the whole article and introductions of the innovations in Oulu Health News

Cover picture: BusinessOulu

Indus Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, has taken iSTOC Mobile Diagnostics Solution in use for testing and mapping the spread of Covid-19 | iSTOC News

Published on: 08/05/2020

Indus Hospital uses iSTOC solution to fight against Covid-19

Indus Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, has taken iSTOC Mobile Diagnostics Solution in use for testing and mapping the spread of Covid-19. The first phase of the project, that includes 50 000 IgM/IgG Covid-19 antibody tests, has already been launched. The second phase will follow with analyzing another 50 000 test results. The iSTOC solution was evaluated and accepted for use in Indus Hospital by Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, the CEO of Indus Hospital, and his team.

CEO Umair Azam and COO Jamal Hashmi from Innovative Healthcare Systems (IHS), iSTOC partner in Pakistan, state that the biggest advantage that iSTOC solution and rapid testing offers is that it creates a digitized diagnostic data with geographical mapping, that can help to monitor and control outbreaks. IHS has been working in cooperation with iSTOC already before Covid-19 pandemic, providing test kits and mobile solution for successfully testing other infectious diseases in Pakistan. iSTOC representatives Jarmo Järvenpää and Sayed Jawed are glad that cooperation in Pakistan continues, and confident that using iSTOC Mobile Diagnostic System make coronavirus testing in more efficient.

Indus Hospital Karachi is a premier hospital in Pakistan, that aims to create an excellence-driven, comprehensive, and free of charge healthcare system accessible to everyone. Indus Hospitals, together with Indus Health Network, have evolved into a network of hospitals and public health outreach programs spread all across Pakistan, underlining early detection and prevention as important components of holistic healthcare provision.

IHS is a national healthcare group in Pakistan, working with the objective of integrating health services in one system to provide healthcare, that is quality based, reliable, affordable and accessible for all.

Kauppalehti: Oulusta sovellus koronatestaamiseen | iSTOC News

Published on: 21/04/2020

Business Newspaper Kauppalehti introduced iSTOC solution

Finnish Business Newspaper Kauppalehti wrote about iSTOC mobile diagnostics solution as a tool for analyzing covid-19 rapid test results. Mobile application and diagnostics platform developed by iSTOC can be used for reading and digitizing test results, as well as for analyzing the spread of the virus in real time.

CEO Jarmo Järvenpää states in the article that mobile diagnostics solution can be used together with rapid test from different manufacturers, as iSTOC cooperates with all the biggest manufacturers who have covid-19 tests in their portfolio. Tests are integrated in the diagnostics platform, and the quality of the tests is verified.

According to Järvenpää, with mass screening it’s possible to find out how big part of certain population has already unknowingly suffered from covid-19. Mass screening with rapid tests is cost-efficient, and the results are available in minutes instead of waiting for laboratory results for days. Järvenpää says that mass screening could be piloted in Finland for example in city of Oulu, with population around 200 000 people. For now iSTOC diagnostics solution has been marketed mostly to third world countries with large population, where it’s not possible to perform laborious laboratory-based testing. However, iSTOC is ready to deliver diagnostics platform and rapid tests also to health organizations in western countries.

The whole article can be read in Finnish in Kauppalehti print magazine published on April 21st, and the facsimiled copy of the magazine on their web pages.

Cover picture of Jarmo Järvenpää by Kai Tirkkonen, Kauppalehti

Kauppalehti: Oulusta sovellus koronatestaamiseen | iSTOC News

Published on: 21/04/2020

Kauppalehti: Oulusta tulee sovellus koronatestaamiseen

Kauppalehti uutisoi 21.4. iSTOCin kehittämästä mobiilidiagnostiikkaratkaisusta koronaviruksen testaamiseen ja tulosten analysointiin. Älypuhelinsovellusta ja diagnostiikkajärjestelmää käytetään sormenpäästä otettavasta veripisarasta tehtävien pikatestien tuloksen lukemiseen ja tallentamiseen, sekä datan tilastoinnin myötä myös viruksen leviämisen reaaliaikaiseen kartoittamiseen.

Toimitusjohtaja Jarmo Järvenpää kertoo, että älypuhelinratkaisu soveltuu kaikkien suurimpien pikatestivalmistajien tuotteisiin, joilla on myynnissä myös koronapikatesti. iSTOC toimii markkinoilla yhteistyössä näiden sopimusvalmistajien kanssa. Testit integroidaan järjestelmään ja samalla varmennetaan niiden laatu.

Järvenpää visioi artikkelissa myös laajan pikatestauksen pilotoimista esimerkiksi Oulun kaupungin kokoiselle, noin 200 000 ihmisen väestölle. ”Laajaa pikatestausta tarvittaisiin epidemian kakkosvaiheessa, kun aletaan purkaa liikkumisrajoituksia Suomessa. Pitäisi tietää, kuinka moni väestöstä on jo sairastanut tietämättään covid-19 taudin. Siihen ei tarvita raskasta ja kallista koronatestausta, jonka laboratoriotuloksia pitää odottaa useita päiviä.”

Artikkeli on ilmestynyt kauppalehdessä 21.4. ja on luettavissa myös näköislehdessä.

Kuva: Kai Tirkkonen / Kauppalehti

Published on: 06/04/2020

iSTOC COVID-19 Mobile Diagnostics Solution helps fight coronavirus

The quick, global spread of COVID-19 has caused an urgent need for simple and fast tests for screening large populations and for identifying also asymptomatic infected people. Governments around the world are looking for alternatives to ease the burden on state-owned health systems. Finnish healthcare technology company iSTOC specializes in immediate diagnostics and analytics, and has launched rapid tests that can detect antibodies for different infectious diseases from a small drop of blood, and a mobile diagnostics solution for analyzing the test results and for geographical mapping of the spread of infectious diseases.

The diagnostics solution developed by iSTOC has been in use for several years already, mostly in third world countries like Pakistan, where a large number of people have been tested for, among other things, hepatitis and tuberculosis, as well as HIV infections. With the information gathered from the testing, the healthcare authorities have been able to effectively prevent the spread of these diseases. Now this same technology is in use for testing and mapping the spread of coronavirus. Inexpensive rapid tests can detect and analyze also asymptomatic infections that are typically not included in traditional testing and thus not visible in the statistics.

“Until two months ago, the demand for our services came mostly from Asia, Africa and South America, from countries that are struggling with low resources in healthcare and have immediate need for new, more effective solutions. Now that coronavirus has reached western countries, governments and healthcare authorities have realized the need of comprehensive, reliable information about the spread of the virus and the different chains of the infection.” states Jarmo Järvenpää, CEO of iSTOC.

iSTOC Mobile Diagnostics Solution significantly improves coronavirus testing process and data collecting, and also ensures the quality of testing. It is a fully digitized and automated system that identifies the patient and the test environment, and all data points are digitally recorded. Rapid diagnostic tests can be performed with low cost in point of care, for example in diagnostics kiosks, mobile diagnostics labs, bedside at hospitals, clinics and laboratories. Test results are scanned with a smartphone and digitized, and reliable results are ready in minutes, which means that further examination and treatment can be started immediately. Delivery of the results is human-error free, the diagnosis is fast and accurate, and the result reports are available in real time. To support the health care personnel performing the tests, iSTOC offers guidance for using the mobile application.

Already one million rapid test kits for coronavirus have been delivered, and iSTOC diagnostics solution is in use for testing and mapping COVID-19. As test results are digitized and available in real time, tests can be analyzed remotely. Performing a rapid test doesn’t necessarily require a healthcare professional, which means that in the future it could be possible for consumers to perform a test for themselves at home, and based on the test result analysis, a person could prove being healthy or immune to the disease.

iSTOC is a Finnish company specialized in healthcare technology and Immediate Diagnostics and Analytics (IDA). The company was founded in 2012 by a group of Nokia professionals with extensive experience in mobile technologies and development of cloud based health services and applications. iSTOC is a global player in mobile point of care (POC) diagnostics by transforming stagnant and disconnected data into relevant and actionable information. By integrating mobile technologies with smart services, iSTOC has deployed and is deploying POC services to both consumers and professional users. iSTOC enables faster, easier, more accurate and less costly diagnostics.

Published on: 06/04/2020

Patentoitu menetelmä koronavirustestauksen digitalisointiin ja seurantaan

Oululaislähtöinen iSTOC on tuonut markkinoille pikatestejä, joilla esimerkiksi sormenpäästä otetusta verinäytteestä pystytään havaitsemaan elimistön muodostamat vasta-aineet erilaisille tartuntataudeille, ja kehittänyt diagnostiikkajärjestelmän tulosten analysoimiseen. Vasta-ainetestauksella voidaan todeta akuutin taudin lisäksi myös jo sairastettu tauti, ja siten kattavasti kartoittaa paitsi tartuntojen määrää, muun muassa tautien maantieteellistä leviämistä ja tartuntaketjuja.

Vallankumouksellista diagnostiikkaratkaisussa on se, että pikatestin tulos luetaan älypuhelimella, yksilöiden sekä testattava henkilö että testiympäristö. Testi voidaan tarvittaessa toteuttaa ilman fyysistä kontaktia hoitohenkilökunnan ja testattavan välillä, kuten diabetes- ja raskaustestit, ja koska luotettava testitulos saadaan minuuteissa, voidaan henkilökohtaisen hoitosuunnitelman mukaiset jatkotutkimukset ja hoito aloittaa välittömästi. Järjestelmä myös huomauttaa reaaliaikaisesti testauksen mahdollista epäkohdista, kuten vanhentuneesta tai epäkelvosta pikatestistä.

Yrityksen kehittämä järjestelmä on ollut jo usean vuoden käytössä lähinnä kehittyvissä maissa, kuten Pakistanissa, joissa on pystytty nopeasti testaamaan isosta ihmismäärästä muun muassa hepatiittia ja tuberkuloosia sekä HIV-tartuntoja. Testauksesta saatavilla tiedoilla terveysviranomainen on pystynyt tehokkaasti estämään tautien leviämistä. Nyt teknologiaa hyödynnetään koronaviruksen testaamisessa ja levinneisyyden kartoittamisessa. Edullisten pikatestien avulla voidaan todeta ja analysoida myös oireettomat tartunnat, jotka perinteisessä testaamisessa jäävät tilastojen ulkopuolelle.

”Vielä kaksi kuukautta sitten kysyntä ja tarve meidän palvelulle tuli lähinnä Aasian, Afrikan ja Etelä-Amerikan maista, joissa terveydenhuoltoa on vähäisempien resurssien vuoksi ollut pakko tehostaa uusilla ratkaisuilla. Nyt kun koronavirus on meidän omalla takapihalla, länsimaiden hallitukset ja terveysviranomaiset ovat heränneet tarpeeseen saada riittävästi tietoa koronaviruksen leviämisestä ja tartuntaketjuista”, kertoo iSTOCin toimitusjohtaja Jarmo Järvenpää.

iSTOC:n kokonaispalvelun avulla tehostetaan testausprosessia ja tiedonkeruuta, ja sen avulla myös poistetaan inhimillisiä virheitä ja varmistetaan testauksen laatu. Jokainen testitulos kuvataan ja digitalisoidaan yrityksen kehittämällä helppokäyttöisellä mobiilisovelluksella, ja se on välittömästi analysoitavissa. Järjestelmästä saatavan datan avulla voidaan seurata tartuntojen kulkua ja epidemian laajuutta. iSTOC tarjoaa testauksia suorittavan hoitohenkilökunnan tueksi myös opastuksen mobiilisovelluksen käyttämiseen.

iSTOCin kautta on toimitettu jo miljoona testipakkausta koronaviruksen testaukseen, ja diagnostiikkajärjestelmä on otettu käyttöön. Koska testitulokset digitalisoidaan reaaliaikaisesti, tulos voidaan analysoida etänä, jolloin itse testin tekemiseen ei välttämättä tarvita terveydenhoitohenkilökuntaa. Tulevaisuudessa pikatestin voisi siis tehdä myös itse kotona, ja tuloksen perusteella henkilö voisi todistaa olevansa terve tai immuuni taudille.

iSTOC on 2012 perustettu oululainen terveysteknologiaan ja mobiilidiagnostiikkaan keskittynyt yritys. Se on kehittänyt nykyistä patentoitua testausdiagnostiikkajärjestelmäänsä yhdessä alan merkittävien kansainvälisten toimijoiden kanssa. iSTOC on maailmanlaajuisesti johtava toimija tartuntatautien mobiilidiagnostiikassa ja analysoinnissa, ja yrityksen kehittämä diagnostiikkajärjestelmä on saavuttanut sekä Yhdysvaltain että Euroopan terveysviranomaisten hyväksynnän.

Jarmo Järvenpää, toimitusjohtaja
Tapio Siik, hallituksen jäsen

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