India’s First Home Grown Electronic Witnessing System Launched At Oasis Hyderabad

Hyderabad July 25th  : Earlier this month, an awful news shocked the medical fraternity and the patients all over the globe. A US couple of Asian descent accused a California fertility clinic of an IVF mix up, leading them to have ‘wrong children’. They filed a lawsuit against the fertility clinic when they gave birth to two boys of Non-Asian traits. They also claimed that the DNA tests confirmed that the children were not related to the couple.

This kind of terrible mishap though rare, but may happen once in a blue moon, which can shatter the faith of the patients on medical sciences and destroy the reputation of a fertility clinic. We cannot accept this mishap when the solution to this problem is already there, and a fertility clinic did not care to embrace this technology for zeroing the chances of any mix-up.

World IVF Day, is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of the first test tube baby of the world Louise Brown who was born to this couple in Royal Oldham Hospital, United Kingdom. Today Louis Brown is proud mother of two sons who were conceived naturally and celebrating her 41st  Birthday. She is the first among 7 millions and still counting babies who have been born through IVF.

Talking on the occasion Dr Durga G Rao, Co- Founder and Medical Director of Oasis Centre for Reproductive Medicine stated that “When you start your treatment at Oasis Fertility, you can be reassured that we take adequate care of your oocytes, embryos and sperm. We are now equipped with a state-of-the-art Electronic Witnessing System (EWS) in our laboratory, designed to further safeguard the transparency and ensure that the process is undertaken without any human errors. This technology is India’s first home grown technology brought to us by ARTis Witness a pioneer in web based fertility treatment software with concept of Make in India.”

Electronic Witnessing System is a ‘track and trace’ system covering every single stage of the treatment process. This system improves traceability and quality control, while reducing laboratory-based risk. It tracks samples at predefined procedural steps in IVF laboratories to prevent mix-ups and provide an automated solution for mandatory double witnessing. This is achieved through assigning unique IDs and personal codes for all the samples. These codes, tagged to the samples, enable easy detection signals, identification, tracking and recording at every step. Only once the identity is confirmed through EWS, the Embryologist will proceed with insemination. In an unlikely event of sample mismatch, the system will alert the Embryologist preventing potential errors. The unique ID is automatically checked against the tagged embryo prior to the transfer. “

Adding to these points Dr Krishna Chaitanya – Scientific Head and Clinical Embryologist  of Oasis Centre for Reproductive Medicine said that “There are numerous benefits using the Electornic Witnessing System, there is automated cross checking and it ensures critical detection and prevention of human errors. It is safe and secure process which increases the confidence during every step of the cycle. EWS eliminates the potential risk of possible mismatching during sample handling and Vulnerability to human errors including check omission, check incomplete, involuntary automaticity, and non contemporaneous checking. It Prevents Embryologists from accidentally working on more than one patient’s gametes at a time and Marks each course step, ensuring prevention of omitting key tasks in the process.”

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