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How technology is making inroads into healthcare

Source |Linkedin  | By|Depti jain 

Nupur Kumar (name changed), a daily wage labourer hails from Sepahijala district of Tripura, living 30 kms away from the nearest hospital. She is 55, and has been suffering discomfort for the past two days.

Joining the queue of patients at the healthcare centre, Kumar braces herself up  for  a long wait. An ANM picks up an android tablet, loaded with mPower Heart CDSS app, enquiring, measuring and recording her basic health parameters, such as blood pressure and sugar levels. The in-built algorithm gives immediate feedback, presenting a printable prescription for hypertension, even mentions a date for a follow-up visit, all of this in consonance with prevailing international guidelines. The staff then directs her to the doctor, who reviews the diagnosis , checks the prescribed medication and lifestyle changes, before approving it.

mPower is an electronic Clinical Decision Support System (e CDSS) for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), developed by AIIMS, Delhi and Centre for Chronic Diseases and Control. Launched two years ago, the system has already screened over 1,50,000 patients across the state. “For patients from such small and far-flung places, a digital monitoring of health conditions is a pleasant surprise. In each subsequent visit, the software also provides a chronology of the treatment’s progress,” says Dr. Siddharth Maurya, State Project Coordinator, NCD, Public Health Foundation of India

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