Samsung Electronics is recycling its old Galaxy smartphones into healthcare equipment for under-served people in India, Morocco, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.
Old phones will be remodelled as eyecare equipment to screen patients with eye diseases, the company said in a statement.
When the South Korea handset maker introduced the recycling programme in 2017, it made a handheld camera to enable diagnosis of an internal organ.
The smartphone captured images, and the Galaxy device used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyse images for ophthalmic diseases.
It then connects to an app that evaluates patient’s data to suggest treatment, Samsung noted.
Samsung says the recycling initiative diverts e-waste from landfills to units making medical devices for under-served communities.
The electronics company made a portable retina camera using old smartphones, and used it on over 19,000 residents in Vietnam.
It now plans to extend the programme to India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. The company will also make smartphone-based portable colposcopes to screen for cervical cancer.
Practo Case Study
Online healthcare platform, Practo, has introduced vernacular language options for its tele-consultation service on both its app and website.
The platform will offer consultation in 15 languages, including Marathi, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali, with more to be added soon, the company said in a blog post. Earlier this year, the firm piloted the language options by offering Hindi as the alternate option to users.
During this time, 25% of all online consultations on the platform were conducted in vernacular languages, with Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, and Kannada (in that order) emerging as their preferred language(s) for consultation, Practo noted, and added that 65% of all vernacular consults were from users aged 60 and above.