With increasing medical expenses and paced lifestyle, it is very difficult to find cheap and effective medical solutions.
When such a problem arises, technology comes to the rescue.
You might have heard of Virtual Reality and it’s vast applications in the entertainment sector but how about a melange of tech and medical sector?
Well, meet Divyanshu Varshney, who after enduring a life-altering accident on a motorcycle,set about to fix a broken industry where affordable physiotherapy was not readily available through physical therapy gamification.
The beginning :
“While traveling on a two wheeler with my friend Chhavnish, we met with a deadly accident and got my leg fractured,” says Varshney.
“The recovery required physiotherapy rehabilitation care, and we lacked personal financial resources to afford such care. Chhavnish, the more unfortunate one among us, due to lack of physiotherapy services, developed a serious condition and had to undergo a surgery and has till this date never been able to fully recover.”
Varshney then began visiting physiotherapy clinics in his neighborhood only to find out that the services were less than optimal or simply did not exist at all. His solution was to gamify physical therapy as a type of virtual rehab, and Fizio was born.
The story :
Prior to founding the startup, Varshney was inspired by the work of Roopam Sharma, a fashion model from the same college who later went on to be named one of MIT’s top eight innovators under 35 in India. After meeting with Sharma, Varshney contracted the entrepreneurial bug, and it was at this same time that he was involved in the accident.
After the accident, Sharma suggested to Varshney that he do something to solve the broken physiotherapy system in India, which, according to Varshney, provided “less than optimal services” or simply “did not exist.”
Fizio, a product of Spiro Studios, became the solution.
Fizio is a software based rehabilitation platform that makes physical therapy fun and convenient for patients recovering from surgery or injury. The games are motivating and created for different pathologies in order to respond and adapt to patient’s needs.
With 3D-Full Body Motion Sensing, Fizio animates the in-game avatar of a person using real-time motion capture data. The full skeleton of the user is then tracked and the functions performed are simulated in the virtual environment.
Analyses of the users are then sent to the Microsoft Azure Server, which hosts the database and helps measure the evolution of the patient on his or her way to recovery.
Divyanshu was also awarded ‘Young Innovator Award’ at the MeltingPot 2020 Innovation Summit. Fizio also won Infymakers Awards India edition by Infosys, one of the largest Maker Awards program. To add the cherry on the cake Divyanshu also won ‘Hype Global Sport Innovation Challenge – Africa Region Finalist for the Hype Global Sport Innovation competition RIO 2016’.
We got to know about Divyanshu via my mom’s colleague. My mom is a physiotherapist herself and she acquainted me with Divyanshu and his product.
The first step to becoming an entrepreneur is to identify the problem and to solve it in a most effective way and this young lad is on the right track!