Digital doctors in demand with rise in healthcare apps
MUMBAI: A doctor is now just a few taps away, with new mobile phone applications making it possible for patients to seek consultations without stepping out of their homes. The ‘ digital doctors’ can be visited virtually though text messages, calls and even video conferencing, making it convenient for people who are travelling or live in areas with limited medical facilities.
Dahisar- resident Dhriti Adhikary was in a fix when her one- and- a- half- year- old son suf f ered f rom severe diarrhea during a trip to Mysore. “Within 30 minutes of connecting with a doctor through an application, they arranged for us to visit the nearest specialty hospital,” said Adhikary.
While Adhikary used an app in case of an emergency, there are others like 24- yearold Reetika Patel, a type 1 diabetic, who uses an app to measure her blood sugar levels before taking insulin shots. “The application helps me to manage my daily data and gives me a graphical report of how my sugar levels have been during the week.”
Promoters of such appli- cations said digital healthcare is a booming industry. An application called TopDoctorsOnline.com, launched in India three months ago with an in- house team of general practitioners, has had more than 20,000 downloads and 4,000 doctor-patient interactions. The app allows users to fix appointments with the nearest healthcare facility, pathology laboratory and also be up to date with latest trends in healthcare.
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