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Click your way to a doctor with mobile apps

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Sep 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Sept 4: Gone are the days when a doctor said he or she was a call away. One can now just click or swipe to access specialised medical attention. The healthcare sector is undergoing a revolutiory transformation where medical solutions are being made available to patients just anywhere — and in real time — on their phones. A flood of healthcare mobile phone applications, or apps, have made it simpler for the patients to seek care. Avish Kapoor, an executive with a multitiol company, was holidaying in the hills when he suddenly had a bout of anxiety. What made it worse for Avish was that he was completely isolated in a godforsaken place with no health centre nearby. He picked up his mobile phone and a specialist was available to guide him out of the situation. Technology is changing the dymics of the healthcare industry which is growing at a rapid pace of 17 percent per year to expand to $160 billion by 2017. Health mobile applications have become a key tool of taking the care to the hands of people. “Patients get benefitted in many ways. Firstly, there is no uncertainty. As we are open 24/7, patients can get our service promptly, professiolly and pre-emptively,” said Vipin Pathak, co-founder of Care 24, a new age health care service provider. “The healthcare industry must keep pace with modern technology. Healthcare services need a technology integration to bring accountability and efficiency in the system,” Pathak told IANS. The healthcare apps are spreading like a rage. Not only patients but doctors are benefiting as well from this technological transformation. Starting barely a year ago, the New Delhi-based Buzz4Health, a smart platform for doctors, has closed over 150,000 downloads. It has doctors from over 10 countries from South East Asia and the Middle East. (IANS)

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