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A mobile app for spinal injuries
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 26, 2014
First Published: 10:25 IST(26/2/2014)
Last Updated: 10:28 IST(26/2/2014)

Thanks to smart phones and mobile apps, our lives have become much easier. In a unique effort by SGTB Khalsa College, teachers and students have developed a mobile app called SpineVeda which is meant to help persons with spine injuries.

The app, which is part of  Delhi University’s innovation projects, has been developed in collaboration with Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi. This app is user-friendly, has both Hindi and English navigations with voiceover instructions. It is written in the Indian context, has pictures, diagrams and videos and it is free.

Downloaded once, it will be static with revisions available every three months. It will contain 12 modules, each with information content and FAQs. There will be an extensive glossary of words and phrases used in the app.  In its full version, the app is likely to go live by July 2014.

Vimal Rarh, deputy director at the Centre for E-Learning and faculty at SGTB Khalsa College, says, “This app will be available for Android-based mobile phones and once installed, will need no internet connection.The technology used to develop this allows text, graphics, audio and videos to be displayed in a compressed format to enable navigation without any technical glitches. In the next version, we wish to make it interactive so that users can ask some queries and experts can answer them.”

“Spine injury involves prolonged hospitalisation and is very expensive. The app helps create awareness about spinal injuries,” says Gursimran Kaur, a student who has worked on the project. Dr HS Chhabra, medical director, and chief of spine services, ISIC, is the advisor of the project.

The primary members of the Spinal Cord Society Consumer Committee are also guiding the students and are part of an advisory committee. Students have been training under Komal Kamra, faculty at SGTB Khalsa College, who suffers from a
spinal injury.

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SGTB Khalsa College, teachers and students have developed a mobile app called SpineVeda which is meant to help persons with spine injuries. The app is user-friendly, has both Hindi and English navigations with voiceover instructions. It is written in the Indian context, has pictures, diagrams and videos wherever needed, and is free for the users


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