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Technology and your wellbeing

In the concluding part of the series, Shikha Sharma lists out some simple devices and smartphone apps that can help save your life wherever you may be.

brunch Updated: Aug 16, 2014 19:32 IST
Shikha Sharma
Dr-Shikha-Sharma
Dr-Shikha-Sharma

As humankind has progressed, it has come up with tools and technology to make work easier. The field of health has greatly benefitted from this. Technology helps your health practitioner do his job more effeciently and be in places he or she can’t.

Here are some ways tech’s making healthcare easy.

Diagnostics:Blood tests, X-rays, ultrasound machines, ECG machines, bone density machines, eye testing machines and so on, help doctors make diagnoses.

Surgeries: From lasers to robotic surgeries, a modern operation theatre has helpful specialised equipment.

Also read: Medical devices that save your life

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Implants:During a heart surgery, a stent is inserted in the heart to keep the artery unblocked. During a multiple fracture surgery, clips and rods are attached to bones. An artificial lens helps the eye see.

Distance diagnosis:In remote areas that have no infrastructure, villagers can phone health centres for diagnosis. A basic-level healthcare worker can use simple devices to check a patient’s blood pressure, ECG, photos of a skin disease, blood sugar reading, X-rays and ultrasounds, and then send the reports via mobile phone to a specialised hospital where it is analysed by senior doctors.

And thanks to our smartphones, we have access to all sorts of helpful health-related apps like these:

Healthtap

Great when you need answers from real doctors. A community of 50,000 doctors answer queries. The app also offers free health tips.

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Lumosity

A free app designed by neurologists to make your mind sharper! Scientifically designed games are aimed at working your grey cells.
KidsDoc

If your child is unwell and you can’t reach a doctor, this app helps decode what your child’s symptoms indicate. It was built using the data gathered from more than 10,000 doctors and nurses.

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Whole foods market

Thousands of recipes from all over the world, including those for special diets.

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Drugs.com

Prescription confusion? This app has more information.
Symple

Track your symptoms, and share them with your doctor so your visit is simpler and diagnosis, easier.

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(This series is concluded)

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