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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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India Is Developing Technologies To Launch Manned Mission

The state-run ISRO’s technology demonstrator is the first in a series of tests to qualify as a crew escape system, critical for a manned mission.

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India is developing critical technologies for launching manned missions in space and preparing a document on it, a top official said on Saturday.

“Critical technologies are being developed for our human space programme as it is India’s dream to put a man in space. A mission document is in the making,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan told the media at an aerospace event here.

Citing the space agency’s successful maiden unmanned pad abort test on Thursday at its Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh for the safe escape of the crew in an emergency, Sivan said that very complex technology was used for the trial, with a unique motor for fast-burning.

“The technology is very essential for our manned missions in the future, as the motor’s performance was very good. Using aerodynamics, the module was turned in a favourable direction to open the parachutes,” he said.

The state-run ISRO’s technology demonstrator is the first in a series of tests to qualify as a crew escape system, critical for a manned mission.

“We are only in the preparation stage. We need to develop much more. We are in the process of refining a document on the manned mission for review and interactions with stakeholders, including the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL),” said Sivan.

The crew escape system is an emergency escape measure designed to quickly pull the crew module along with the astronauts to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in the event of a launch abort.

The first pad abort test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad,” ISRO said in a statement earlier.

Admitting that the scientists had to work on the next strategy for the manned mission testing, Sivan said ISRO’s work was two-pronged, with one on approved projects and the other for research and development (R&D).

The first pad abort test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad,” ISRO said in a statement earlier.
The first pad abort test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad,” ISRO said in a statement earlier. Flickr

“The pad abort test for the crew escape system is part of our R&D work,” he noted. The space agency also tested five new technologies during the pad abort test, as part of its strategy to develop long-term technologies.

“We and the government work on a three-year plan, with a seven-year strategy and a 15-year vision,” asserted Sivan.

Noting that space tourism would happen in the near future, the rocket scientist said it would take at least 15 years to develop the vehicle to go to space and return to the earth.

“We are not close to that. We need to work a lot towards achieving the dream of putting a man into space,” added Sivan.

After a five-hour countdown, the crew escape system lifted off with the 12.6 tonne simulated crew module from the spaceport and plunged into the sea (Bay of Bengal) 4 minutes and 19 seconds later with two parachutes, around 2.9 km away from Sriharikota, about 90km northeast of Chennai.

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“The crew module soared 2.7 km altitude on thrust of its seven solid motors without exceeding the safe G (gravity) levels,” added the statement. (IANS)