It’s never too early to begin a career in the medtech industry. Gatik Trivedi, a sophomore in high school is proof of this as the 14-year-old has developed a SARS Infection Monitor for Underserved Communities.
Trivedi was a speaker at the BIOMEDevice Silicon Valley, a two-day event that was held from December 8th through 9th at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
“The problem I’m trying to solve is accessibility to healthcare,” Trivedi told MD+DI. “What we see right now is that many of the people that are going into hospitals right now don’t know about their current condition.”
Trivedi presented his current project, the Accessible Correlative Diagnostic Solution for Multi-Organ Dysfunction Caused by SARS-CoV-2: The Future of Home-Based, AI-Enabled Telemedicine. The project involves the combination of three different devices – an spire meter, an oxygen meter, and a thermal camera. Plus, there is the addition of machine learning.
“These devices can be put together and their readings can be correlated so that the output of what I display is comprehensible for all people to know what their condition is,” he said. “Compare that with the predicative analytics and they can now know what their condition would be five or six days down the road.”
Trivedi got the inspiration for this project through tragedy. “My motivation for the project [came from me] losing a loved one from COVID-19,” he said.
“He’s always been a curious child,” Hiten Trivedi, the teen’s father, told MD+DI. “He always wanted to understand how things work.”
Hiten recalled a science project in the first grade involving the reaction between baking soda and vinegar.
“He always wanted to understand the science,” his father said of the vinegar and baking soda project. “His teacher said that he was one of the only [kids in the class] that explained the mechanics of it - why it does it – very well, instead of rather than just talking about it. That really hit me and since then he’s always wanted to know more on the STEM side.”
The teen has gone on to win numerous awards for some of his projects. For the SARS Infection Monitoring technology, he snagged 3rd place in the Regneron International Science and Engineering Fair, according to an article from the Patch.
As for what lies next - there will be more work on the technology and perhaps a deeper dive into medtech and healthcare.
“The cliché answer would be for the betterment of the world,” Trivedi said. “At the base it’s about fulfilling my dreams and fulfilling my purpose.”