A professor from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad has developed a COVID19 test suite powered by artificial intelligence called “COVIHOME”. IIT claims that the test kit can help users to test for COVID19 at home without expert supervision. The
The Test Kit can produce results for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients in 30 minutes. IIT explained that it does not require RTPCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) or BSL 2 laboratory facilities to extract RNA, so it can be used as a home test kit without expert supervision. The COVIHOME
Test Suite was developed by a research team of Dr. Suryasnata Tripathy, Supraja Patta, Swati Mohanty and other students, led by Professor Shiv Govind Singh, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad.
“The main goal of the research team developing the COVIHOME test suite is to break the transmission chain through affordable testing. We have applied for a patent for this device and are now looking for industrial partners with ToT technology for mass production,” Professor Shiv Govind Singh Say. The initial clinical trials and testing of the device were conducted in hospitals and medical schools. ESIC is in Hyderabad.
The Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CCMB) has validated the rapid RNA electronic diagnostic kit used to detect the SARSCov2 virus in swab samples based on internal samples and hospital samples. ICMR.
The positive or negative result of these samples was confirmed by the RTPCR method. The verification report confirmed that the efficiency of the kit was 94.2%, the sensitivity was 91.3%, and the specificity was 98.2%. The cost of each test is about 400 rupees. Mass production of test kits will help reduce costs to around Rs. 300 times per test.