ONLINE MEDICAL ADVICE – IT’S EASY IF YOU DO IT SMART

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Use of Internet search engines are done for a variety of purposes; but its application as a source of reliable medical advice is recent. Online Medical Advice and Online Medical Consultation are now provided by many national providers. But its impact in India is seen to a lesser extent. While there is no disadvantage to having local doctor to go to, finding a physician in rural areas can be difficult. Also since life has become fast, medical help is required at any moment. In such scenarios online advice can be extremely helpful.

There are generally two ways through which this is done. Firstly, there is a ton of medical stuff available online, cures to most of common ailments, medicines to drugs for treatment of various diseases. The problem is finding a reliable source, which is not easy as many hotchpotch sites are also there. More reliable way is having online consultations which are not free but are reliable and safe. They are basically Internet or video or phone based remote medical consultations between patient and doctor. They generally provide consultation for purpose of diagnosis or treatment. Online medical advice provides one advantage to patients that they can seek medical advice independently, which is a paradigm shift because they can literally ‘shop around’ looking for medical service, similar to shopping.

This concept goes beyond general practice as the reach of patient is beyond limited or specific medical practices. There are also no geographical or geo-political limitations. Such developments have given us increased choice as well as control over our health. It can provide reassurance that you are healthy, or help detect minor or major disease at early stage, making it easier to eliminate it. This has been seen by many as ‘health care paradigm’, making use of technology & enabling ‘personalized health care’. Advice available varies from general information sites, disease specific sites, interactive websites, databases as well as web tools.

Such practice has certain advantages over the conventional norms. It’s highly convenient, allowing people take more interest in their own health. It empowers patients compared with doctors so that cheats can be detected. They can get protection from prevailing medical malpractices or incompetence; which saves money. Also mutual support is facilitated, which makes it safer and reliable.

But there are limitations in using this system. Misleading information and bogus sites do find their way into the search results. The patients need to check for reliable sites by seeing their trust badges. It can undermine the doctor-patient traditional relationship, mainly by breaches of privacy of patient’s confidential information. Also advice given is left open to interpretation; and misinterpretation can often result in medical maladies.

Our health is one of our most important resources which we have. Looking after it is ultimately our own duty. While technology helps us to a great extent in that, it’s our own ethics and judgment which help in making the decision. As such we can aptly choose best option for us from the wide array available and take good care of our health, the most valuable resource.

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SHHHH… LISTEN! DO YOU HEAR THE SOUND OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS?

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The electronic health record system is yet another advent which technology has brought in. Electronic management of medical records, although still in its babyhood in India, is gaining popularity and emerging as a trend worldwide.

An electronic health records India (EHR), refers to the systematized collection of patients electronically-stored health information in a digital format. It is an evolving concept defined as a mere electronic collection of the health records of individual patients or populations.

It is a legal record and is owned by the care delivery organization. Electronic health records tend to be a part of a local (usually extending to a country) stand-alone health information system that permits storage, recovering or extracting and alteration of records.

These records can be dealt across various health care settings. EHRs may include a range of data, such as statistics about the characteristics of human population, medical history including medication, allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs and personal statistics like age and weight, and billing information.

The Government of India is considering to set up a National eHealth Authority for normalisation, storage and interchange of electronic health records of patients under the government’s Digital India programme. The primary concern is to ensure security, confidentiality and privacy of patient data. A centralised electronic health record of all citizens is the crowning goal which will ensure that the health history and records of all patients would always be accessible to all health-care providers and related institutions.

MEDICOSA is secure, 24*7 available on cloud, electronic health record system for patient to manage their health records digitally. Patient can manage health record of their family members, Take second opinion of doctors and many more in MEDICOSA . By – Jessica

TELEMEDICINE IN INDIA : A ROAD TO THE FUTURE

With its diverse Telemedicine in Indiapopulation spread across an even more massive landmass, India is the perfect potential market for telemedicine. Let’s retrace our steps a little to actually defining telemedicine. In a nutshell, it is an emerging effort in the medical industry to improve health care in India by leveraging information technology. Telemedicine includes a broad spectrum of aspects varying from a simple phone conversation to electronic transfer of health information and state from one part of the country to another and carrying out actual time video conferences on a doctor-patient network. It can be optimistically seen as the answer to India’s current inadequacy in the health care sector in terms of providing efficient services to the relatively poorer sections of society.

A major roadblock that dwellers of rural areas feel in addressing personal medical problems is the inaccessibility to medical institutions, and even if accessible, their cost factor is a key deterrent that discourages the rural population to reach out for help. With the right steps taken to introduce telemedicine in the market in an approachable yet effective manner, India could take strides in improving the pitiful figures in terms of health care success.

The other half of society can also reap huge benefits through telemedicine, for example, people in the corporate world like to minimize time spent and maximize the results. Busy placed professionals can consult respective medical experts from home/ office by saving transportation and clinic waiting time. Telemedicine can thus prove to be a lifesaver for those who would otherwise think twice before going to the doctor. It is also a welcome change to those who like to plan ahead and be kept in the loop about the course of their treatment.

Through a combination of innovative technology and health care expertise, MEDICOSA help telemedicine in India centers implementing a comprehensive, powerful Patient care solution that delivers exceptional value using internet technologies.

Therefore, Telemedicine should definitely be a major focus point when financial resources are allocated by the government, as it is a revolution waiting to roar.  By Sukanya

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN INDIA

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If you pick any random person on a street and ask them about Electronic Health Records, they won’t be able to come up with a clear cut yes or no answer. In fact, most people may not even be aware that such a complex sounding but actually simple process prevails in most parts of the world. The Indian subcontinent, however, has not incorporated fully and completely the system of electronic health records, which means, as the name suggests, the digital maintenance of a patient’s medical history and further progress along the course of treatment. Electronic health records India (EHRs) electronic medical records (EMRs) encapsulate every minute detail of the patient’s medical care and treatment, like vital signs, allergies, medications, laboratory and radiology reports etc. They are seen as a more intelligent and precise alternative to paper files, which still prevail to be the method of recording data in countries like India.

Even though the advantages of EHRs are long proven, the tried and tested paper-file method still continues to be used because of lack of proper resource allocation and lack of efforts to digitize all records by the government as well as hospitals. It will definitely not be an easy task to encrypt all the manual data electronically, but in today’s day and age, it is not a Herculean task and can be efficiently managed with the proper resources. What is needed is a strong drive to digitize all records and a roll up your sleeves attitude by all hospitals, so that the benefits reach both ends of the spectrum – the caregivers and the patients.

MEDICOSA offers EMR platforms and helps health care consumers for medical records digitization. MEDICOSA enables health care consumers interfacing towards civilization progression with advanced state-of-art information engines – offerings:

Medical Records Centralization
Past Medical History Digitization
Enable Medical Second Opinion
Right Doctor Booking Assistance
Dedicated Health care Coordinator
Telemedicine Support from home

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BLOOD DONATION (?)

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The question mark in the title of this blog is not arbitrary-it conveys in one symbol the attitude and mindset of people regarding blood donation. At once,on hearing these words,pictures of hospitals and needles come into mind and one can almost smell the disinfectants that is the signature scent in a hospital. Stop. Think. There is nothing to worry about,nothing to be so afraid of .Yes,there are needles involved and yes it does hurt,but for like a fraction of a second. Imagine,if a second of discomfort for you could mean saving someone’s entire life,and the lives of those associated with him or her,then isn’t it worth the trouble ?

The gravity of the situation can be understood when one imagines the bigger picture in their head. Imagine: one road accident,two casualties,both can be saved by a few litres of blood accumulated over time because they were given by generous,selfless souls. It is human nature to shirk off responsibility and to think of our own good first,before others. But when we look at the statistics,of daily news reports of at least 200 road accidents a day,or articles about unconventional diseases on the rise as a result of man’s repeated atrocities against nature,we are compelled to move beyond our comfort zone and to get out there and do good for the world.

We really do not feel an ounce of guilt while taking someone else’s blood when we or any of our relatives are in need of it. But every instance of accepting help should come with a sense of responsibility,the responsibility to give back to the community.

So,the next time you see a blood donation camp or a van near your community/college/school/workplace or wherever, do not avert your gaze and walk away. Roll up your sleeves,pump out some of that life saving elixir and sleep a little better at night. (Of course,ensure that the syringes and equipment are hygienic,first).

You can also register yourself in MEDICOSA as Blood Donor Search and save human life by donating your blood.

PACS-PICTURE ARCHIVING AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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As complicated and intimidating as the name sounds, PACS is in reality a boon to the medical industry. PACS,or the picture archiving and communication system is an innovative method of transferring,storing and sharing film-based medical reports digitally. To make it clearer in layman terms,it saves the trouble of storing x-rays and MRI’s on film,and stores these medical reports of a person in a digital medium. The number of ways in which it is convenient is aplenty. The very maintenance of the piece of film on which Xrays and MRI’s are printed is extremely tedious and not very cost-friendly. Also, film can only be available at one place at a time. With the advent of PACS,a report can be stored on multiple databases,shared from the lab directly to the doctor and also shared between doctors for consultation purposes.

One of the better advantages of PACS is that it will save patients the trouble of lugging around reports back and forth from the lab to the doctor,and then if needed to another doctor. With the PACS Health Care system taking care of the fact that the correct data reaches the correct person at the best time, the patient can focus on her recovery and the doctors are immediately more efficient and prompt in providing their services. MEDICOSA uses PACS and offers DICOM format for storage and transfer.

While the technicalities of the process may prove to be an inhibition for some,it is best to get ahead with the times and familiarize oneself with the latest developments , only for the sole purpose of making our own lives better.

A DATE WITH THE DOCTOR

The busy lives and busiBook Online Appointment with Doctorser schedules of people these days leave little time for the most important aspect of their lives : their health. In the daily hustle bustle of life we forget to take care of the very vehicle that carries our vital organs. This is where book online appointment with doctors, physiologists, labs and even pharmacists comes in as the Saviour. It helps people from all walks of life,the permanently preoccupied middle class to the remote,downtrodden sections of society who are able to scrape enough funds for health care yet,pitifully,are not able to find the perfect fit.

Booking online appointments cuts the chase and saves people from compromising on the quality of health care they receive,because every body,every life deserves the best possible assistance. Applications like MEDICOSA take this convenience a step further and allow doctors to access medical records and the complete medical history of patients,leaving little room for error in diagnosis and causing absolutely no hassles to an already suffering patient. It also acts as a middleman between the doctor and the lab workers/researchers,saving the patient the trouble of going back and forth with reports.

People with limited resources and/or restricted mobility due to their condition can heave a sigh of relief. Connecting the world of medicine to the digital world is a blessing in disguise and indeed a revolution. One would expect no less in terms of advancement of technology in the 21st century. Digitizing care-giving has also helped the more charitable of doctors to reach the grassroot sections of society where they cannot be physically present. Medicine and technology have come together for the betterment of the human race and this effort should be cheered on with as much vigour and support as possible.