- Scientists from IIT-Roorkee have designed a mobile application to help the patients suffering heart ailments. The app named ‘Dhadkan’, has been launched and is available for free on Google Play Store.
- Researchers say that the ‘Dhadkan’ app can be used for remotely monitoring and providing medical assistance to the patients suffering from heart disease.
- It collects the patient’s data (at any desired interval) such as blood pressure, heart rate, and weight and transmits it to the authorised caregiver (a doctor, nurse or a paramedic) who is linked to the patient during the initial registration.
India is facing a high burden of cardiovascular diseases. In 2016, as many as 1.7 million people lost their lives due to heart-related ailments. In order to help save these lives, the researchers from IIT-Roorkee have developed this application.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Deepak Sharma, an Associate Professor of biotechnology department in IIT-Roorkee, said, “The app, which we have designed, will be beneficial for the patients suffering from heart ailments. With the help of ‘Dhadkan’ app, patients can send their investigations reports directly to the doctors. Thousands of patients require a weekly medical attention, but cannot reach the hospital at that time. This will also benefit those patients.”
How ‘Dhadkan’ App works
- It collects the patient’s data on blood pressure, heart rate, and weight and transmits it to the doctor who is linked to the patient during the initial registration
- It provides a two-way communication between the doctors and the patients.
- In addition, patients have the freedom to send ECG report(s) to the doctor (if needed)
- Most importantly, it automatically sends a notification to both the doctor and the patient, in case(s) of any drastic changes take place in patient’s data indicating a possibility of imminent heart failure.
- Thus, it not only eliminates the need for manual monitoring of each patient but also helps them in proactively recommending precautionary action during the treatment period
- Both, the doctor and the patient will have to download and register on this app
Dr Sharma further added, “This app is available for free on the Google Play Store. If the patient wants to change the doctor he can also do that. We took around 7 to 8 months to develop this app. Any doctor can join this app across India. We have launched this app on April 26, and now planning to call doctors to train them how to use this app. As per their suggestions, we will try and make it more user-friendly for both, the patients and doctors.”