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Gone are the days when doctor said he or she was a call away: Just Click or Swipe now to access specialised Medical attention!

Technology is changing the dynamics of the healthcare industry which is growing at a rapid pace of 17 percent per year to expand to $160 billion by 2017

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News Delhi, Sept 04, 2016: 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. 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 revolutionary 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.

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Avinash Kapoor, an executive with a multinational company, was holidaying in the hills when he suddenly had a bout of anxiety. What made it worse for Avinash 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 dynamics 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, professionally and pre-emptively,” said Vipin Pathak, co-founder of Care 24, a new age health-care service provider.

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“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.

“We believe the next five years will be pivotal in promoting and facilitating evidence-based medicine through technology. More custom and patient specific modalities will become a norm and this will be possible only through collaborative medicine and more open forms of peer to peer communication for healthcare professionals,” said, Hitesh Ganjoo, CEO and founder of Buzz4health.

By 2020, the Indian healthcare market is estimated to grow to over $280 billion and the startups are ready to make their own contributions.

And more is the buzzword. “We need a more skilled workforce of doctors, nurses, lab technicians, more investments, more expansion in rural areas and we need to bring down disease burden,” said Zoya Brar, founder and MD of Core Diagnostics.

She said that Core itself is planning to raise $10 million focusing on advanced testing techniques.

Most of the healthcare industry entrepreneurs said that the health budget of the union government has gone up and the sector is growing rapidly and offers huge potential.

According to Vivek Srivastava, CEO of Health Care At Home, they have so far catered to 300,000 patients across India. They began their services in 2012.

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He said people approach them because they provide cost effective with excellent clinical outcomes, personalised care by competent professionals guided by customised care plan prescribed by one’s doctor.

Shipra Dawar, founder of ePsyclinic.com, said their “journey has been great. From one patient a day to 200 patients a day, we have grown tremendously in a short span.”

“Technology is solving the huge accessibility gap. At the click of the fingers, through the mobile app and web-based video and text chat sessions, people get in touch with ePsyClinicians,” she said.

She said they plan to take their services to “the smallest of town in India so that anybody who needs mental health and emotional health support finds it from them.” (IANS)

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Rene Laennec : The man who invented the stethoscopes

He invented the stethoscope but that wasn't his only major contribution or achievement in the medical field.

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Rene Laennec- The man who invented stethoscope. Wikimedia Commons
Rene Laennec- The man who invented stethoscope. Wikimedia Commons

by Ruchika Verma

  • Rene Laennec invented stethoscopes in 1816
  • He also coined many other medical terms which helped us in understanding a different kind of diseases
  • His contribution in the field of medicine are immense and will always be remembered

One thing which is most frequently associated with a doctor is a stethoscope. Be it advertisements or real life, a stethoscope is one thing which we see hanging around every doctor’s neck.

The stethoscope is an instrument which is used by doctors to hear a patient’s heartbeats and to check their breathing. This medical instrument is used to hear the resonance of sounds made by our hearts and lungs for evaluative purposes. The instrument has been an object of fascination for a long time, because of its simple design, which consists of just a resonator and two tubes.

Stethoscopes are quintessential to a doctor. Pixabay.
Stethoscopes are quintessential to a doctor. Pixabay.

But who invented the stethoscope?

René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec or simply known as Rene Laennec, was a French physician who invented stethoscope in the year, 1816. He invented this medical instrument while working at the Necker Hospital in France, and used it in diagnosing various chest and lung conditions, pioneering the whole concept.

Rene-Laennec invented the Stethoscope. Wikimedia Commons
Rene-Laennec invented the Stethoscope in 1816. Wikimedia Commons

He was born on February 17, 1781, Brittany, France and died on August 13, 1826, Kerlouanec due to Tuberculosis.

Necessity for this invention

Rene Laennec invented stethoscopic or stethoscope because of his embarrassment while treating women. He didn’t like to put his ear at their chest in order to diagnose their problems, especially in the case of overweight women. He also found this method of listening to heartbeats very ineffective.

The original stethoscope was just a piece of paper rolled into a cylinder. Pixabay.
The original stethoscope was just a piece of paper rolled into a cylinder. Pixabay.

As a result, he invented an instrument which won’t require him to put his ear on his patient’s chest and will be more effective. He rolled a piece of paper into a cylinder and placed one side on the patient’s chest and the other near his ear. He found that he could hear the sounds better.

His contributions to the Medical Field 

He invented the stethoscope but that wasn’t his only major contribution or achievement in the medical field.

He famously coined the term ‘melanoma’, which is a type of cancer that typically occurs in the skin but rarely occur in the mouth or intestines. He was the one who recognised that melanotic lesions are the result of metastatic melanoma.

Laennec is also well known for his studies of peritonitis, amenorrhea and tubercle lesions. He also coined the term cirrhosis, which is a lung disease. His works played a huge role in the understanding the of this disease.

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A difference in the design of Traditional and Modern Stethoscopes

The modern stethoscopes that we see today are not what Rene Laennec invented. His original design was rather simple. The doctor’s stethoscope that we see today is much more complex that Laennec’s simple design.

His original design was just a tube, which could be made of wood and copper. It could be assembled and dissembled easily as per the convenience of the physician. The new age stethoscope is a modification of his original design.

The original design of Rene Laennac's stethoscope. Wikimedia Commons
The original design of Rene Laennec’s stethoscope. Wikimedia Commons

His original stethoscope was replaced by the stethoscopes using rubber tubes by end of the 19th century.

A modern day stethoscope using rubber tubes and a resonator. Pixabay
A modern-day stethoscope using rubber tubes and a resonator. Pixabay

Achievements

The government of France honoured Rene Laennec with First Prize in Medicine and Sole Prize in Surgery in 1803.

He was also conferred with the title of the ‘Knight of the Legion of Honor’ in 1824.

His contributions in the medical fields are immense and for it, he will always be remembered.