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Now, AIIMS patients can book OPD appointments via App

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In a first for hospitals in India, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences is all set to launch an Android mobile application for the convenience of its patients to book and cancel OPD appointments, and access their laboratory test reports.  The new system known as ‘IVR Based appointment system’ makes it likely to book appointments.

The beta version of the app is out for use but only Old patients having UHID (Unique Health Identification number) can avail benefit  from it.

“The final version will be launched in the next few weeks after correcting all the bug reports from the beta version. The UHID requirement will be removed to make it possible for anybody who may not have visited AIIMS before to create a UHID with the app and then carry on with the functions of the app. So effectively, patients will have to just visit the hospital to see the doctor,” said Dr Deepak Aggarwal, professor of neurosurgery and in-charge of the hospital’s IT cell.

Keeping in sync with the digitization of services, this step is a welcoming one. This system is currently offered in two languages, English and Hindi. Based on the lines of IRCTC, there will also be a 25 per cent ‘tatkal quota’ for new walk-in patients for each department.

Private healthcare chains like Dr Lal Path labs, Max hospitals and Fortis already have an app for patients to access services and reports online.  This app designed by National Informatics Center (NIC), will soon be available for ios users.

“We have kept the interface as simple as possible, to keep it legible and clean. The immediate plan is to broaden the app by removing the UHID requirement, and then link it to Facebook or other social media platforms.” said Nikaash Puri, an independent developer of the app. He said that while the software is currently available only in English, it would be linked to Google Translate in the next three-four months to make it available in 12-15 languages.

AIIMS is also expected to incorporate their UHID system with the UID provided by the government, by April. Patients who do not have the app can do the same things on the AIIMS website under a section called patient portal.  With a view of making medical facilities mobile for people across India who visit AIIMS for treatment, this app is a way forward to do so.

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Monitoring BP Through a Smartphone Application is Possible Now, Check it Out Here!

However, the app still needs to be validated in a standard regulatory test

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This iPhone app claims to accurately monitor BP. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a novel blood pressure (BP) application that can give accurate readings using an iPhone, without requiring any special equipment.

Developed by the Michigan State University researchers, the new “iPhone X” app measures BP via the ‘oscillometric finger pressing method’, or ‘peek and pop’ that enables users looking to open functions and apps with a simple push of their finger.

The user presses her fingertip on both the front camera and screen to increase the external pressure of the underlying artery, while the application measures the resulting variable-amplitude blood volume oscillations via the camera and applied pressure via the strain gauge array under the screen.

The application, featured in the journal Scientific Reports, also visually guides the fingertip placement and actuation and then computes BP from the measurements just like many automatic cuff devices.

When tested, along with a finger cuff device, against a standard cuff device, the app yield indicated that cuff-less and calibration-free BP monitoring may be feasible with many existing and forthcoming smartphones, the researchers said.

“By leveraging optical and force sensors already in smartphones for taking ‘selfies’ and employing ‘peek and pop’, we’ve invented a practical tool to keep tabs on blood pressure,” said lead author Ramakrishna Mukkamala, Professor at MSU.

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Representational image. (IANS)

“Such ubiquitous blood pressure monitoring may improve hypertension awareness and control rates, and thereby help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality,” he added.

If things keep moving along at the current pace, an app could be available in late 2019, Mukkamala said.

However, the app still needs to be validated in a standard regulatory test.

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“But because no additional hardware is needed, we believe that the app could reach the society faster,” he noted.

While high blood pressure is treatable with lifestyle changes and medication, only around 20 per cent of people with hypertension have their condition under control. This invention gives patients a convenient option and keeping a log of daily measurements would produce an accurate average. (IANS)

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