A team of Indian and Australian researchers has created and tried a mobile application that guarantees to help doctors and health workers in remotes towns and villages to recognize, monitor and oversee patients with hypertension and heart-related ailments.
It is available for Android phone in the form of a clinical decision support system (CDSS). The system additionally had a module that can send alerts to health specialist about high-risk people who need follow-up visits. Likewise, it reminds patients on when to take their medication and when to visit the clinic for follow-up via an intelligent voice response system.
In the investigation, individuals aged 40 and drawn from 54 villages in West Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh were screened to recognize those at high danger of coronary illness. Doctors, ASHAs, were prepared to assess the risk of heart diseases utilizing smartphones with apps and allude those with high hazard to Primary Health Centers (PHCs).
The trial was taken in 18 PHCs in a systematic way and was assessed by looking at enhancements during the periods when PHCs were getting the intervention and when they were not. The investigation found that ASHA specialists screened about 86% of the patients in a specific region and doctors followed up 70 % of high hazard referrals. Overall, there was an increment in both utilizing of blood pressure medications and blood pressure control both the control and intervention periods.
The research article has been published in the journal PLoS One. The team included David Peiris, Kishor Mogulluru, Stephen Jan, Devarsetty Praveen, Qiang Li, Pallab K. Maulik, Stephen MacMahon, Mohammed Abdul Ameer, Rohina Joshi, Anushka Patel (The George Institute of Global Health); Arvind Raghu, Lionel Tarassenko (University of Oxford); Stephane Heritier (Monash University); Dorairaj Prabhakara (Public Health Foundation of India); and Gari D. Clifford (Emory University).