Solving Social Problems

One fine evening  siting in my cozy room, playing with my TV remote, jumping from channel to channel, suddenly one TV serial caught my  eye. It was “Second opinion” , it is about the tragic experiences people have in hospitals and clinics and how the wrong diagnosis or delay in treatment caused disasters to victims and a thought process started.

Everyday we watch on the news or read in newspapers about many people dying in road accidents or due to some dreadful diseases; even though the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry has advanced so much and we have medicines available for almost all diseases. I started thinking what might be the reason behind this and what can we do to control it. My train of thought resulted in this blog writeup.

Lack of education, hygiene and discipline in road traffic are the main reasons for the many lives we lose everyday on streets or in hospitals. Many people die in road accidents because they don’t get the medical attention in time. Now a days people hesitate to help, because they don’t want to disturb their normal routine. For them reaching office on time is more important than saving someones life! This reality makes me feel numb but the situation is not hopeless yet. There is still some humanity left, we just need to encourage more and more people to show it.

I don’t expect everyone to jump at the accident site or hospitals for help; though it is great idea, but even the tiniest of our every day deeds can help a great deal. For instance, while traveling always make way for an ambulance first, it may save a critical patient’s life.

I read a few days back about a group in Delhi which provides free medical treatment to poor people.

Likewise, we could buy medicines for some one who can not afford it. This reminds me of an episode from the Aamir Khan starter show “Satyamev  Jayate”. In this episode one gentleman shared his experience about how his maid’s son lost his life due to a very easily curable disease such as Diarrhea, simply because he did not receive medicine on time. This is very depressing and makes me wonder in which millennium are we living. On one hand we have reached the moon while on the other hand people die due to such mundane disease.

Then there are the donations a person can make. Blood donation is like an elixir for not only the receiver but it is also healthy for the donor. The more willing people pledge for important donations like eyes or other body organs after the death. Such pledges while being a small gesture in life, let you feel the joy of giving a new life to someone, even after you move on with the journey after life…

There are some situations like where your love and affection can do wonders that even medicines may not.  We can work with NGO’s which helps aids patients or their children, orphans, disable children. I am also trying to do something for  people who tested positive for HIV. For this I got inspired by my own family members. My father and my  younger sister work to help such people. For last five years my father is organizing AIDS awareness camps and my sister works for the “prabha-hira  pratishthan palavi pandharpur ” which is the home for  abandoned children’s tested positive for HIV. Your little help can also enlighten their lives.

And the list goes on… I hope this blog will make us all think about the current situation and doing something for this cause. Remember, even the tiniest of our every day deeds can help a great deal!

Abhijit AradhyeAbhijit is an .NET developer working for savetime.com. He did his MCS from Pune Universicity. He is very passionate about software design, Real world and how the two intersect. Love to learn new technologies. He is a passionate person who takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm. He enjoys music, watching movies, selectively read books mostly written by P.L.Deshpande. He is very passionate about cricket.  He love’s swimming and Chess also.

Be Alert, Be Healthy!

Be Alert, Be Healthy!

There are very good lines on Doctor-Patient Relationship  Wikipedia page that says, The Doctor–Patient Relationship is central to the practice of healthcare and is essential for the delivery of high-quality health care in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The doctor–patient relationship forms one of the foundations of contemporary medical ethics’. Isn’t it true? Sure, it is absolutely true but whatever is happening these days in my surrounding healthcare system is making me rethink the truthfulness of this statement.

In today’s world, the healthcare system appears seriously broken. We are losing faith in the Doctor-patient relationship thanks to malpractice and unprofessional behavior of some medical practitioners. In recent years in India, we have read so many stories of how some doctors commit fraud just to earn some extra money. This is a shameful issue for the noble profession of healing the sick. Also commission-based practice is growing rampant within the healthcare system.

Ultimately who is going to be affected by malpractice? It is the patient. The race for getting more money is making a very bad impact on patient’s health. There are some cases where patients ended up losing their life just because they consulted with the wrong doctor.

From the patient perspective, main problem here is that they are not able to find out whether they are going to right doctor or not. Sometimes they also don’t know the name of specialty for which they should actually look for. Apart from this, there is another major problem we have. There are many ‘bogus’ Doctors. It is a topic for another time since it involves too many legal, ethical  & social issues that surround the issue. Finding right (it does mean right & trusted) doctor in your area may be easier you if you are localized or know that area very well. But what about migrants or those who don’t have that much knowledge about that area? It is the biggest concern for their health. They will surely need some medium that can help them out in finding right doctor for them. Even if you are quite familiar with your area some times, you may need to know about which doctor to go to.

Savetime.com is an initiative to help people find the right doctor in a very efficient manner. The website maintains a fully verified database of doctors along with comprehensive information about them. So be alert about whom you are consulting for your precious health. Be alert, be healthy!

Ketan, savetime.comKetan is a passionate and one of the youngest members of our .NET team. One can always find him busy implementing the coolest and the wackiest ideas. He does not talk much but when it comes to speaking technology and inventions, he is unstoppable! He loves learning new things and loves to learn them fast!
Ketan has an engineering degree in Computer Science from University of Pune, India. Other than development, he loves to play chess, read books, watch cartoons & sci-fi movies.

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Doctor

Doctors today get very little time with patients to tease out every detail. Prepare carefully for meetings with doctors. Especially if you want to be sure your doctor has all the important information about your problems and has the necessary time to answer all your questions. Better communication between patients and doctors helps the doctor understand the patients condition thoroughly and leads to better treatment outcomes.

Whenever you are going to meet doctor think about what you want to accomplish. Make a list of what you want to talk about. If there are multiple issues, prioritize them. Don’t forget to carry your medical records, any charts, test reports and other important information with you.

Write your questions down to make the conversation easier and complete. It’s easy to think what you’re being told will sink in and you will remember, but the details can fade away quickly. Especially when there has been significant discussion. Rather than take a chance on missing something out write your notes down right after the discussion.

Your doctor is the person who should answer any of your medical questions. But other questions, such as directions to a testing center, or the time of your next appointment, or where you should park your car, can be asked of the clinic staff. This way you will make best use of the important medical aspects of your care.

One final recommendation is to repeat back to your doctor what you’ve understood and instructed to do. If you can recite back what you were told, it’s more likely that you understand and retain that information once you’re out of the office. Do all you can to remember doctor’s orders so that you can follow them as intended.

PramodPramod is an Android developer working for savetime.com. He did his MCA from Indira Gandhi College, Solapur. He is very passionate about coding standard, gorgeous design, and how the two intersect. Love to learn new technologies. He is a passionate, optimistic & dedicated person who takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm and see to it that he completes tasks and assignments in time. He enjoys music, watching movies, selectively read books mostly fiction & fantasy– Angels & Demons, Narnia. He love’s swimming and kabaddi.

Health check ups at Companies, the Good & Bad.

We tend to ignore medical check ups when we have no illness thanks to our busy work schedules. Working the entire week, stretching out late nights at work, living in remote affordable localities are some of the reasons why we opt to relax over the weekend rather than going out and getting a medical check-up done. Being cautious is something that we always tend to ignore. Increasing competition in all industries is forcing companies to keep their doors open to customers 24*7. This creates the necessity of people working at nights. Changes like these in our normal lifestyle encourages health problems. It is only when there is an illness, we start looking for doctors and laboratories to get medical tests done and cure our health problems.

To overcome this ignorance, having regular health check ups in companies can help immensely. Regular check ups enable us to diagnose serious health ailments at an early stage, saving us from aliments and also the costs needed to cure the illness. For example, visiting a dentist need not be necessary only when you develop a cavity of for a root canal. It could be for just a gum check or cleaning of teeth. Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing or if you experience a persistent bad breath are early signs for bigger dental problems. If you sense a cavity, filling it early will save the amount on a root canal treatment. What you have avoided is a major dental problem and definitely the cost involved.

Most ailments requiring surgery do not occur overnight but build up over a period of time. In many cases such ailments can be detected early through regular check ups. You can save as much as 50% on healthcare costs with regular check-ups, exercise and balanced diet. The idea is to avoid severe health complications which could also take a toll on your physical well-being as well as financial health.

Our lifestyle and food habits have a significant impact on our body and health. Some of the most common aliments that affect people are blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and so on. Getting these check ups done on a regular basis will help diagnosing such problems at an early curable stage. Getting them done in companies ensures that employees do not neglect these important regular checks needed. “Health is wealth” is a good saying that we all know. Good health of employees ensures good productivity which in turn ensures the company’s productivity and success.

Unfortunately, given the broken health care system we end up paying hefty amounts to some doctors who prescribe unnecessary medicines, tests and even suggest operations which are not required. This causes tensions and burns our pockets for no reason. Companies organizing regular health check-ups by recognized and trustworthy doctors, clinics and hospitals can prove beneficial to its employees. It will create an awareness among people about it’s importance, help them to remain fit, diagnose health problems at an early stage and make sure that we follow the saying, “Prevention is better than cure”.

Ravi, savetime.com

Ravi is a young passionate, optimistic and dedicated IT engineer and an ISTQB Certified Software Testing professional. Ravikishan takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm. He is always willing to walk an extra mile to achieve his targets with an immense amount of perseverance to fulfill his dreams. He loves adventure travel, listening to soft music and playing football.

 

Healthcare and Technology

In the year 2010, 21-year-old Ravindra Mokashi, a resident of Vada village in Thane district, was stricken by an almost debilitating pain around his mouth and throat. Ultimately, swelling in the area combined with an inability to swallow even a morsel of food, forced Mokashi to make the long trek to the Thane District Hospital in Thane city. But doctors there were unable to identify what appeared to be a growth near his throat.

It was then that they consulted specialists at KEM Hospital Pune with the help of a telemedicine centre that had been set up at both healthcare centres less than two years ago. Doctors in Mumbai, after studying Mokashi’s case, diagnosed him with a rare condition, schwannoma of hypoglossal nerve, a benign tumour. “We didn’t know if the mass was a normal occurrence or not. So we consulted doctors at KEM. The verdict was that the benign growth had to be operated on immediately,’’ said Dr V Kalwanda, Thane District Hospital. Mokashi underwent surgery on February 15, where doctors removed an almost four-cm-long mass of tumour.

Source: Times of India

This is just one of the case where telemedicine has helped a patient. In Pune since the start of telemedicine in KEM hospital, rural Maharashtra has benefited from it in several ways. Such stories can now be found in other states such as Rajasthan, Assam, Bihar and all over India.

Telemedicine now makes a mockery of distance and provides a timely and expert doctor care to the people residing in the remote parts of the country.

Our healthcare system even helps out several African countries with telemedicine. In a closely monitored project by our previous President APJ Abdul Kalam, India helped connect several remote areas in African countries and provided the people there with much needed healthcare at affordable rates. In addition the ill-equipped and under staffed hospitals of such African countries can now discuss medical cases and even perform critical operations under the supervision of expert medical counterparts sitting in India.

Technology has advanced in order to deliver healthcare in more ways than one. Now people are no longer stuck up with what their doctor tells them.

The first thing an internet-savvy youth does when he is facing some form of physical pain or discomfort is put the symptoms on a search engine to find out what is ailing him. Information exchange has become so easy that medical reports of an Indian patient are sent to specialist sitting in U.S. or Europe to get a second opinion.

Patients today are not satisfied by just simply following what their doctors tell them. They seek second opinion, they search for possible causes, they investigate medicines and their side effects that a doctor may have suggested. Patients also pose different question to their doctors about their medical condition and treatment they’re undergoing. Ease of access to information has empowered them to take informed decisions and presented them with more suitable choices.

Alternative medicines are getting lot of focus with the advent of technology in healthcare industry. This has kept the medical fraternity also on their toes, to diagnose better, to suggest better options that include non-invasive and other safer methods.

Websites with information on medicine and alternative medicine have mushroomed in past few years. Mobile apps can help you track your medicine schedule, can keep a track of your vitals, medical reports and much more.

At the minimum every nook and corner of the country is equipped with a phone, every other person in the country now carries a mobile. Even this piece of technology has made remarkable strides in providing and receiving healthcare. With this easy mode of communication, patients interact with their friends and relatives at different places to get more information about the cures to their ailments or specialists available in different parts of the country.

20 years back this was not the case, a patient was at the mercy of doctor and his treatment and in some ways this is still the case. Technology has changed this picture for the better and continues to do so. In the years to come it will help each and every Indian receive better medical care at affordable rates.

Savetime.com is also another small step in this direction.

AbhinavAbhinav is CTO at savetime.com. Besides the work he likes to be involved in several different exciting things.  Technology interests him but more than that the usage of technology to solve real world problems excites him more.  Working with teams to achieve difficult targets and in the process helping individuals realize their full potential is one of  his skills. He is an ardent blogger and social media enthusiast. When not working, he is either blogging, reading or bicycling.