IIT Madras-incubated startup develops a portable hospital unit


NEW DELHI: Modulus Housing, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras-incubated startup, has developed a portable hospital unit that can be installed anywhere within two hours by four people.

This unit is called ‘MediCAB’ that follows a decentralized approach to detect, screen, identify, isolate and treat COVID-19 patients in the local communities through the portable microstructures and has already been launched in Wayanad District of Kerala.

The Medicab is foldable and has four zones – a doctor’s room, an isolation room, a medical room/ward and a twin-bed ICU, maintained at negative pressure, according to a release issued by the institute.

“The outcome of this pilot project in Kerala will help in proving the applicability of the technology and advantages of micro hospitals, with MediCAB as an instant infrastructure solution. It can be easily assembled in eight hours by four people. When folded, our collapsible cabins are reduced five-fold, making it very cost-effective for transportation,” Shreeram Ravichandran, chief executive officer, Modulus Housing, said. Modulus Housing has set up its manufacturing unit at Chengalpet (located about 35 kms from Chennai).





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