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Innovations for National Development


Amrita engages in research and design with emphasis on contributing to the social stability of the nation by empowering India’s masses in a sustainable, cost-effective, and scalable way through innovative technological solutions and resources.

  • Double Hand Transplant
    Amrita conducted India’s first double forearm transplant. This is the third double-hand transplant at the hospital, which is currently the only facility in India with the capability to conduct hand transplants. This surgery was technically more complicated than the previous two hand transplants done at AIMS. Identification, tagging and connecting the nerves, tendons and arteries is very challenging, thus forearm transplants have been attempted only a few times in the world.
  • Open Fetal Surgery
    Doctors at Amrita Hospital achieved a significant breakthrough by successfully operating on a baby with a birth defect by taking it out of the mother’s womb, performing corrective surgery, placing it back inside the womb, with the baby subsequently being carried to term. The 21-week foetus had a giant tumour in the right lung that was pressing on its heart. The procedure is a major milestone in the treatment of congenital problems before birth.
  • India’s First Double Organ Transplant
    Simultaneous Pancreas Kidney (SPK) transplantation was performed on a 35-year old man. The main advantage of this combined transplantation is improvement in quality of life and freedom from diabetes-related complications and dialysis. It also avoids frequent blood sugar testing and occurrence of life threatening hypoglycemia.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
    A DBS implant surgery using medical robot technology was performed at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, allowing a young patient of Parkinson’s Disease to lead a near-normal life. The surgery was conducted at the hospital free of charge due to the financial situation of the patient.
  • Light-Weight Bullet-Proof Materials for Indian Army
    Amrita received the Indian Army’s very first Technology Development Fund (TDF) project for the development of light-weight bulledt-proof materials for Indian soldiers stationed on the frontlines
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Automated Insulin Pump

Amrita developed a low-cost, automated insulin pump designed for personalized and continuous delivery of insulin in a subcutaneous matter with all functionalities. The innovation was awarded a U.S. patent and the Alexander Graham Bell Award in the category of Health.

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A-VIEW: Amrita’s Flagship E-Learning Platform

Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World (A-VIEW) is an award winning indigenously built multi-modal, multimedia e-learning platform that provides an immersive e-learning experience that is almost as good as a real classroom experience. Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, used A-VIEW to interact with Skill Training centres across the country on Youth Skills Day.

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IoT for Remote Health Monitoring

Amrita Spandanam is a low-cost, low-power, wearable, wireless ECG monitoring device for real-time monitoring of cardiac patients to help avoid exorbitant medical costs of hospitalization.The device can be worn either as a necklace or as a belt and continuously monitors and analyzes a patient’s ECG. The ECG data is sent over wireless networks, in real-time, to the patient’s cardiologist/doctor, with alerts if a patient requires examination. The prototype version of the Amrita Spandanam was unveiled by the current Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on September 27, 2013.

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