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29 July 2020 Current Affairs:Bangalore based startup Acculi Labs has been selected the Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH), an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to develop a COVID risk assessment profile called Lyfas COVID score. 

♦ Lyfas is an Android application.
♦ In this application, one can keep the index finger on the rear phone camera of a mobile phone for 5 minutes. It will capture the capillary pulse and blood volume change and derive 95 biomarkers with proprietary algorithms and signal processing techniques. 
♦ The app uses the power of smartphone processor and smartphone sensors to capture a bunch of body signals. 
♦ The signals are subsequently processed on the principle of Photoplethysmography (PPG), Photo Chromatography (PCG), Arterial Photoplethysmography (APPG), mobile spirometry, and Pulse Rate Variability (PRV).
♦ It also provides cardiovascular, hematology, hemorheology, cardio-respiratory, neurology based parameters that are capable of tracking minute pathophysiological changes in the body. They are further profiled into organ system-wide response.
♦ Acculi Labs’ Lyfas is a clinical-grade, non-invasive, digital functional biomarker smartphone tool for screening, early detection, root cause analysis, acute event risk assessment, prognosis, and home monitoring of chronic diseases which they have repurposed to Lyfas COVID score.

♦ CAWACH is an initiative launched by the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), DST, Government of India.
♦ The initiative is aimed to support market-ready innovations for the control of COVID-19 and startup ideas to address associated challenges. 

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