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Top Health Apps for all Health Junkies

Top Health Apps for all Health Junkies

It is rightly said that health is wealth. A healthy mind and a healthy body truly are a blessing in today’s time given the stress, pollution and poor diet we all face. We work for long hours, are mostly sleep deprived and don’t indulge in very healthy eating either as most of what we eat is junk food or fast food which has low nutritious content.

In such a scenario, our phones can come to our…

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E-Patients: Technology Empowered - from the Practo.com Blog

Have posted this on Practo’s Blog - here, but reproducing it here as well.

We came across this brilliant TED Talk from Dave deBronkart on how he survived Cancer with patient power! – a must watch for Patients & Doctors alike.

The key points for us to take away have been discussed in this post. All are not completely related to the talk though.


TEDxMaastricht Talk by E-Patient Dave – Video courtesy TED.com

Some say that the most under-utilized resource in all of healthcare is the power of patients themselves. The patient is large in number and an ability to bring them together has so far not been achieved. Technology could and is slowly becoming the solution to this problem as well! It has been termed as the E-Patient. The definition as given for the same is: E-Patients (also known as Internet Patient or Internet-savvy Patient) are health consumers who use the Internet to gather information about a medical condition of particular interest to them, and who use electronic communication tools (including Web 2.0 tools) in coping with medical conditions.

Why is the need for such a consumer behavior and how is it growing?

Let’s now consider the patient angle:

  1. He/She always has to carry files, records, for all of his/her medical history.
  2. There is no centralized system or an easy access to online records for patients to be able to store their own data.
  3. Few major hospital chains which build online records do not provide patients access to data – until requested, and that too is only hospital consultation specific!

The concept of E-Patient has come in recently via a wave by patient-patient movement to support each other in the United States of America. Patients are taking up the responsibility of themselves; they want to learn more about their treatments, their own records and gain awareness on their issues.

Technology will play an important role in enabling what might be the biggest revolution in Healthcare – the E-Patient. With online communities of passionate patients we can expect it to manifest into a movement because of:

  1. Empathizing with similar situations faced by other patients
  2. Provide solutions/treatment options from best experiences from across the world
  3. Access to a network of patients who have access to Doctors

Doctor-Patient Relationship

A very interesting development occurs with the advent of Technology – “Doctor-Patient Relationship”

Dr. Malpani, a Mumbai based blogger from the Healthcare-Technology domain writes

“Right now the standard response for all patient queries is – Ask your doctor! (Isn’t it ridiculous that most books and websites on fitness and exercise have this disclaimer – Please check with your doctor before starting an exercise program!) All we end up doing is making patients more dependent on the doctor and unnecessarily increasing the doctor’s workload! What we need to do is make patients more independent, so they can fend for themselves!”

He provides a solution to the problem –

“The trick to making patients do all the work is to develop clever tools which will help the patient to make sense of what is happening to them so they can communicate clearly with their doctor. The vast majorities of health problems are self-limited and just need reassurance. They can easily be managed by a phone call or an email.

The question then more importantly arises for all of us, is India’s Healthcare moving towards such an eco-system to enhance patient empowerment? Are we able to identify ways to provide accessibility of records to patients such that they can be responsible for the self, as technology grows in multiple folds?

Dr. Hasan Iqbal from Kolkata mentions that a patient of his was one of the reasons that he learnt a new technique of surgery and treatment, as the patient – all of 21 years old googled and found a different cure to his ailment. Since then, Dr. Iqbal uses this new methodology and to best effect for both his practice & the patients wellness.

The eco-system has to be developed in India and we all have to play our role in doing so.

Online Healthcare Provider Practo Makes Key Hires to Improve Product Offering

Online Healthcare Provider Practo Makes Key Hires to Improve Product Offering

Online healthcare platform Practo announced the appointment of Anshumani Ruddra and Tarun Bhambra to lead new product teams.

from RSS Feeds : RSS NEWS Feed – NDTV Gadgets http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/online-healthcare-provider-practo-makes-key-hires-to-improve-product-offering-718964

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郭台銘挺進印度 拓新創企業商機

(中央社記者鍾榮峰台北2015年7月11日電)印度媒體報導,鴻海 (2317) 董事長郭台銘今天正在印度班加羅爾(Bengaluru)訪問,尋求與當地新創企業的合作商機,領域涵蓋能源、電子商務、行動裝置等領域。

印度媒體The Hindu與The Times of India報導,郭台銘今天在班加羅爾(Bengaluru)訪問。

印度媒體指出,郭台銘今天將在位於班加羅爾的創投公司Accel,與20家公司會面。部分鴻海富士康參訪印度代表團成員,已經提早抵達班加羅爾,並與當地官員與新創企業見面。

報導引述不具名消息人士指出,郭台銘在印度洽談投資當地新創企業的商機。

此行鴻海富士康代表團部分高階主管,已經和印度新創企業例如線上計程車叫車服務Ola、電子商務平台Flipkart、醫療照護服務Practo、以及電動車創業公司Ather Energy等會面。

報導引述不具名代表團成員消息指出,在新德里,鴻海富士康考察許多不同層面的商機。在印度,鴻海富士康已與行動廣告新創企業InMobi合作。

對於印度新創企業,報導指出,鴻海富士康代表團接觸範圍涵蓋能源、電子商務、行動裝置和其他領域。此次鴻海富士康參訪團也將進一步介紹印度新創企業給中國大陸、台灣和日本的業者,促成合作商機。

郭台銘在6月底股東會上表示,創客文化和新創產業值得重視,鴻海集團計畫將20%到30%資源移出,支援新創公司。

郭台銘說,沒有新創,經濟結構過大過小都不好,要扶持中間經濟(middle class economy),大約是新台幣300億元到500億元的公司規模。

印度媒體報導指出,鴻海積極布局互聯網+(Internet Plus)領域,為與印度當地合作夥伴建立緊密關係,郭台銘計畫在印度德里(Delhi)、孟買(Mumbai)、班加羅爾(Bengaluru)以及海得拉巴(Hyderabad),設立育成中心,希望與印度政府攜手協助印度企業成長茁壯。

Practo acquires Genii

Practo acquired Genii – product design and outsourcing firm for an undisclosed amount. Practo is owned and operated by Practo Technologies P Ltd is a web-based clinic management company. Genii is owned and operated by Genii Technologies P Ltd is known for its capabilities in building e-commerce portals and SaaS services. Mumbai based Genii was founded in 2011 by Varun Vohra and Aditya Anand. The…

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India is one step closer to getting an all-in-one health app

Doctor finder Practo started out in Bangalore with a street-by-street mapping of doctors. Today it lists more than 150,000 doctors in India and Singapore, where it launched in March this year.

Apart from geographical expansion, Practo is growing through new linkages. In April, it got into the preventive healthcare space with the acquisition of FitHo, which offers advice on nutrition and exercise. This week it launched a product to help its users find the nearest diagnostic center for any test they need to get done.

Practo already lists 4,000 diagnostic labs in eight cities, and plans to expand to 35 cities and enable users to get their test reports online instead of having to visit the lab to pick them up.

The idea behind these moves is to make Practo a comprehensive health app, and not just a doctor discovery platform, explains Shashank ND, founder and CEO of Practo.

The Genii in a bottle of medicine

Today that expansion got another boost with the acqui-hiring of Genii, an outsourcing firm that has been helping ecommerce, financial, and media firms build up their online portals. Genii will help Practo expand faster into the enterprise space with products linking it to hospitals, diagnostic centers, and other healthcare related enterprises.

Practo already lists 8,000 hospitals and plans to expand that to 20,000 by year-end.

Shashank ND says:

This is the second of several acquisitions we are exploring. It is the next step in our mission to make Practo your health app.

The founders of Genii, Varun Vohra and Aditya Anand, along with the 11-member team, will join Practo and move to Bangalore.

“We look forward to accelerating Practo’s entry into enterprise with products for diagnostics, hospitals, and other segments globally,” says Varun Vohra.

This post India is one step closer to getting an all-in-one health app appeared first on Tech in Asia.

Practo Hires Product Outsourcing Firm Genii in Expansion to Enterprise

Practo Hires Product Outsourcing Firm Genii in Expansion to Enterprise

Practo said Genii will help it to get into the enterprise space with products focused around hospitals, diagnostic centres and other medical facilities.

from RSS Feeds : RSS NEWS Feed – NDTV Gadgets http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/practo-hires-product-outsourcing-firm-genii-in-expansion-to-enterprise-713426

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