The key to fitness is in your pocket

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    Healthcare is a major concern in India these days. People today are more informed about the prospects of good health, so they want to take appropriate measures to stay fit and healthy in the long run.

    As per a report "The Connected Patient" released in 2015, the healthcare IT market is predicted to reach $50 billion by 2020. This number will only increase with the rise in health consciousness among people in coming times.

    And with the breakneck speed in technological advancements, the healthcare industry is fast catching up with these trends. In the digital healthcare industry, wearable devices are not as popular as smartphones yet, so smartphones have become the most convenient choice for people to maintain their health. Let us have a look at various applications of smartphones in healthcare.

    Personal Healthcare

    1. Healthcare apps: Today, there are about 0.17 million healthcare apps on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Most of these are varied in nature - Childcare aid, health apps for woman, specialist doctors, clinic and medicine supplier locators, drug advisors and diet planners among others.

    Listed below are a few popular and absolutely essential Indian healthcare apps for you to download.

    Practo: Practo is a smart app that offers healthcare solutions to consumers for searching reputed doctors around their area. It books appointments, makes calls, gets directions and more. It also helps one to order prescribed medicines and get them delivered at door-steps.

    1mg: This is a health app that informs people about medicines, their constituents, dosage, possible side effects etc. It also helps in scheduling regular health check-ups and tests at best packages. It also helps finding certified doctors and comes with facilities like free pick-up of medicine samples etc.

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    2. Smartphone attachments: Many portable devices can be attached to the smartphones to make them compatible with wearable devices. They can also work together with other devices that help measure insulin levels, oxygen saturation levels, blood etc. Some features like the camera allow to capture and live transmit live images and videos for diagnosis and analysis of cancer.

    Here are a few devices which can be attached to smartphones to keep track of your health.

    Tinké: It is a monitor that tracks a person’s heart rate, oxygen levels in blood, respiratory rates, etc. The device is a 30-pin, lightening connecter that can be plugged in an iOS based devices and can be launched through the app.

    AirSonea: It is a device that analyses the symptoms of asthma and helps one manages it accordingly. The device when kept near the neck records breathing patterns which can be shared via an app with your doctor and family members.

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    Source- http://www.onewisemac.co.uk/products/tinke-fitness-and-wellness-sensor-lightning-connector

    For Healthcare experts

    1. Data storage: Smartphones are being invariably used by hospitals, clinics and doctors to track and record all patient records such as details of family history, allergies, diseases etc. Devices with larger capabilities can also help to diagnose and monitor patients and prevent deterioration of health.

    Following are a few services that can be availed exclusively by healthcare experts to ease their operations.

    Attune: It is a cloud-based service provider for clinics and hospital chains to integrate labs, pharmacies, blood banks, medical devices, insurance companies and more. Its platform collects data from various labs, hospitals and medical centres by interfacing over 1100 devices such as ICU machines and lab analysers among others.

    Practo Ray: It is a practice management system that assists single medical practitioners, clinics and multi-speciality hospitals to record and manage patients’ healthcare data.

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    Smartphones have time and again proven their capabilities in different areas. It is no surprise that they are fast becoming invaluable in the field of digital healthcare and we expect to see many more such developments in the future.

    Do you know any such exciting healthcare apps or gadgets that we missed out? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!

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    from banking to shopping to entertainment and now medicine, looks like the medicalized smartphone is going to upend every aspect of health care in the near future.
     
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    Indeed, the current trend points out to some great developments in digital healthcare, in the times to come.
     
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    smartphones are transforming our lives