BENGALURU: Businessman Nikhil Desai, 28, recently gifted a remote health-monitoring device to his 63-year-old diabetic dad, a retired police officer. The device monitors the senior citizen's sugar levels, ECG and heart rate and saves to the cloud the findings through a paired app. A panel of doctors keeps round-the-clock watch on the device users and arranges, if needed, consultation or emergency help for the subscribers.
"Earlier, I'd be always concerned about my dad's health. With this device, he is being monitored and can reach out to experts from home. He doesn't have to take the trouble of fixing an appointment with the doctor," says Nikhil.
Nikhil, a secondary user himself, measures his own vital parameters after his visit to the gym every day. It gives him the confidence that everything is fine.
Known as BPL Lifephone+ and manufactured by BPL Medical Technologies in collaboration with Intel, the mHealth technology consists of a hand-held cardio-diabetic wellness monitoring device with cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) and 24/7 m-consult services integrated into it. It measures 12 lead ECG & heart rate in 48 seconds, blood glucose in five seconds and monitors physical activity through an intelligent built-in pedometer.
Said Dr Karthik Anantharaman, chief medical officer, BPL Medical Technologies Private Limited: "Routine monitoring is a must for cardio-diabetics, but the effort it takes to seek appointments and travel to see the doctor for check-up is a deterrent. The device helps such patients who need monitoring from the comforts of their home or office. The doctor can easily look at the ECG on his/her phone or computer and connect with the patient instantly."
"The technology provides an option to have a back-up doctor in case the primary doctor isn't available. This novel hand-held device can be used on an Android smartphone and weighs only 70gm. Secured cloud-based medical record storage with 99.99% server uptime is guaranteed," added Dr Karthik.
"Heart conditions build up over a period of time. By using this device, a normal person can nip any such condition in the bud. The device was introduced in India last year and is useful for the rural population, and at health camps/community outreach programmes," said Chris Thomas, founder of wellatheart.com, a one-stop cardio portal to help patients with heart disputes.
It is said that wellness is the complete integration of body, mind and spirit- the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.
At Aerobicsoul we decided to get to the ‘heart’ of preventive healthcare literally. Going by the rate at which cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is increasing, India is on the threshold of an epidemic of these diseases. Not only did CVDs account for around one-fourth in 2008, they are predicted to be among the fastest growing chronic illness in the coming five years. A more alarming fact is that people between the ages 25-69 are succumbing to it more than ever, which is resulting in a loss of productive population to these diseases.
In fact, cardiovascular diseases have progressed at a faster rate than communicable diseases over the past few years. One can blame determinants such as globalization and urbanization and their perceived fall-outs such as diabetes, hypertension, and smoking for the progression of CVDs, but let’s not forget that there are also several other risk factors such as lifestyle, diet, obesity, and of course the most serious and silent killer of them all- STRESS
Through Well at Heart we aim to achieve a complete integration of the body, mind and the spirit. It is a platform which makes state of the art products such Life Phone Plus, the world’s first cardio-diabetic wellness monitoring system and other carefully curated preventive healthcare products available to its users.
Where the proactive approach to wellness takes care of the mind and the body, Well at Heart also ensures the integration of spirit into the approach. In this day and age of technology, there is one thing that transcends it all- Human empathy towards helplessness and hopelessness.
It is disturbing to note that every year about 1,50,000 children are born with heart diseases, of which a mere 20,000 to 25,000 get treated. The remaining children lose their lives only because their parents are unable to afford treatment.
An amalgamation of technology and human empathy has given birth to Well at Heart Mobile App. A large chunk of profits will be channelized into helping people who cannot afford cardiac surgeries..
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