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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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COVID Warrior: This doctor Uses Telemedicine after Being Tested Positive for COVID-19 Himself

A doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), who has been tested positive for coronavirus, is using telemedicine to offer medical advice

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This doctor positive with COVID himeslf is connecting directly with the JNMC staff via video conferencing to give advice on Covid-19 patients admitted to the isolation ward. Pixabay

A doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) here, who has been quarantined after he tested positive for COVID-19, is using telemedicine to offer medical advice to his patients who are under his treatment.

Mohammad Shamim is a professor at the department of TB and chest diseases at the JNMC, which is affiliated to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Shamim, whose infection is asymptotic, is connecting directly with the JNMC staff via video conferencing to give advice on Covid-19 patients admitted to the isolation ward, and non-COVID-19 patients in the respiratory ward of the JNMC.

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This doctor is using telemedicine to advise his patients, being in quarantine himelf. Pixabay

Shamim told IANS over phone on Tuesday, “We have 16 COVID-19 positive patients and 35 non-COVID-19 patients and I am treating them through telemedicine in consultation with my colleagues and junior doctors. I am in isolation in my room and facing no problems as such. I feel that the treatment of my patients should continue.”

He added, “Though it is challenging, I feel that doctors should continue to save lives at all costs. It is important to survive the pandemic and I feel that Covid-19 positive doctors who are home quarantined can use gadgets like laptops, desktops, telephones and smartphones to give consultations to the patients.”

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Shamim said that the experience of successfully treating Covid-19 patients at the JNMC, including those who are critically ill, made him confident that he would also recover from the infection soon. Till now, 27 COVID-19 patients have fully recovered and been discharged from the JNMC. (IANS)

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My Menu: Redefine Your Online Food Ordering Process

Here's a new way to order food online with 'My Menu'

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'My Menu' -- an International digital menu company on which a restaurant can take care of all its digital menu needs. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta

Tablet menu or digital menu has been around for over 10 years, but they never became popular, why? Unfortunately until two years ago, every digital app/product was not design oriented and all it did was just show plain pictures of the food. Today, it’s not only about showcasing pictures, but also a beautifully designed and printed menu can do a much better job than any app.

‘My Menu’ — an International digital menu company currently live in over 1,600 restaurants across countries in over 142 languages – is all-in-one platform on which a restaurant can take care of all its digital menu needs – tablet menu, QR menu, QR ordering and online ordering. It recently announced a complimentary QR ordering solution to restaurants worldwide.

As restaurants are preparing to open across the country from June 8, ‘My Menu’ helps tackle dining the post COVID-19 era to prepare the industry for the socio-economic changes that make ‘contactless’ service the new normal.

The QR Ordering system allows guests a complete contactless, self-ordering system, table service to communicate with the wait staff. Its online ordering and restaurant delivery module can interface with any restaurant POS thus making it the perfect add on module for restaurants to start accepting orders directly and avoid paying hefty commissions to third party aggregators/delivery portals.

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A beautifully designed and printed menu can do a much better job than any app. Pixabay

“Our objective remains the same from the time we started conceptualizing the product — to increase the average check value and guest satisfaction. As a by-product, we also see increase in efficiency and reduction of operational costs. We have multiple case studies which show that restaurants see an immediate increase in the average check value of 25 – 30 per cent,” says My Menu CEO Abhishek Bose.

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He adds: “We have also announced a complimentary QR ordering solution to restaurants worldwide for tackling the post COVID-19 era to prepare the industry for upcoming socio-economic changes post the pandemic. In order to contain the single most reusable and essential item ‘food menu’, digitalized menus supported by QR code is a strategic solution that will prove to be successful for active prevention.”

My Menu has been made a corporate standard by Accor hotels and Bose hopes other hotel chains will follow soon. It is already being used across popular restaurant chains such as Nandos, Wagamama, Carluccio’s, he informs. “Being a self-managed product we have seen a lot more uptake from countries where hoteliers/restauranteurs are considerably more IT savvy,” he concludes. (IANS)

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Google Maps Allows Android Users to Share Locations Using Plus Codes

The update aims at easy sharing of locations using Plus Codes

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Android users can now share their location using Plus Codes in Google Maps. Pixabay

Google Maps app for Android has received a new update where users can share their locations using Plus Codes.

Google Maps has the option to show Plus Codes since August 2015. The new change, however, is aimed to expand Plus Codes usage by allowing users to easily share their locations.

A Plus Code is essentially a digital address and it’s derived from latitude and longitude coordinates. It can be generated for any location.

“The technology to generate Plus Codes is also open source, which means the technology is easy and free to use, so anyone can see how the technology works and develop their own applications for any use case,” David Martin, Director of Program Management, Google Maps, said in a statement on Friday.

Users will be able to tap on the blue dot representing their current location and get a Plus Code for it.

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Users will be able to tap on the blue dot representing their current location and get a Plus Code for it. Wikimedia Commons

Alternatively, they can long tap on a spot to put a pin on it and get a code for that.

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Alongside the Plus Code, the application will also show other options including options to see nearby places, share your location and save your parking.

Once the app shows the Plus Code on the screen, one will be able to copy it just by tapping on it. Now, one will be able to share it among contacts by pasting it on apps like WhatsApp, Messages and more. (IANS)