5 Reasons you should take control of your Personal Health Records

Personal Health Records – Helping Patients be in Control of their Health and Wellness

 

With your every visit to a physician, hospital or healthcare provider, you add a new record paper in your medical file. Your file cabinet is filled with your medical files, reports, X-rays, and prescriptions. Whenever you want to access any old report, you dig out all the files to find the right information. Any follow-up visit to the doctor or a consultation with a new doctor needs an hour of preparation because you need to collate all the past reports, prescriptions and other such details.

Today’s smartphone savvy generation has got all the things in control through their phones. They also have a lot of fitness apps installed on their phones which track their fitness goals, calorie count, tablet reminders and all such things. But somehow maintaining a consolidated medical health record online has slipped through the cracks. For many of us, a complete record of all the personal health information still cannot found in a single location at any given time.

Let’s look at some of the advantages of maintaining a personalized digital health record, also called as Personal Health Record (PHR), and that will convince you to look for options to use your smartphone for your healthcare needs as well –

1. Manage your Health and Wellness

Having one place to access the healthcare records and information helps you stay on top of your health. You can maintain a list of your medications, health history, lab results, scans and X-rays, and all such details at a single location. It makes it easy to search and look for information – anytime, anywhere. You don’t need to have physical access to the report files in case you need some information urgently. With PHR, you can track patterns and better manage your health and wellness.

2. Better Inform your Doctors

Whenever you visit your doctor, you can get the most from the visit by updating your doctor with your latest health information. You can share the up-to-date list of medications, reports, or allergies. If you are tracking blood pressure, blood glucose, or weight at home, then you can easily share the latest information with your doctor. Such up-to-date information can help the doctors in improving the quality of care.  With such readily available information, you also reduce or eliminate duplicate tests, and receive faster and safer treatment.

3. Be Better Prepared for Medical Emergencies

In case of emergencies, it is important that the doctors know your previous medical history, the medicines or foods you are allergic to, your current medications and dosages, immunization records, a record of your surgical procedures, results of your recent medical tests and even emergency medical contacts etc.  During a crisis, it can get difficult to remember such important information and easily accessible PHR can be life-saving in such situations.

4. Chronic Health Management

Living each day with chronic ailments or medical conditions like blood pressure, obesity, depression, anxiety, or diabetes, is very difficult to deal with. There are many things which need to be done to properly track patterns and manage these conditions. PHR apps which can assist you in keeping track of medications, appointments, readings etc. can be very beneficial.

5. Set and Achieve your Fitness Goals

PHR apps help you track your activity, fitness activity, weight, diet, set goals, and track progress. One can easily monitor such information through interactive graphs and visualizations and keep track of the progress. This kind of self-motivation helps individuals in doing the right changes in the diet and activity to get the desired results.

Technology is undoubtedly bringing in a paradigm shift in the healthcare space – gone are the days when patient data and doctors notes were residing in silos at multiple, difficult to access places. Consumers today are looking to have complete information about their health data on their mobile devices with an option to share it with doctors as per the need.

Savetime CEO tells Lighthouse Insights how a simple idea is helping thousands of patients, docs connect online

Mitesh Bohra, Co-founder and CEO
Mitesh Bohra, Co-founder and CEO

From a dream that three entrepreneurs shared at a park in Andheri to an algorithm that was too complex to cut it, to the great Indian reality check that led the trio to answer the fundamental question that besets Indian healthcare, Savetime.com’s journey has been an engaging one.On March 11, social media news website Lighthouse Insights met with Mitesh Bohra, co-founder and CEO of Savetime to understand how the Internet has changed the way we look at every aspect of our lives.

In the interview, he talks about how Savetime simplified the decision-making process of a patient as far as choosing the right doctor or hospital is concerned. This journey not only involved technical troubleshooting that creating such a vast platform presents, but also understanding the phenomenon of migration (1 in 3 Indians is a migrant!) within the country and, finally, answering that one simple question: “Which doctor should I visit?”

This ostensibly simple question threw up some interesting challenges. For instance, was it enough to find a doctor? As Mitesh explained, for a web platform to actually affect life in a positive, substantial and cohesive manner, it was not enough to be just another online directory.

Savetime had to go deeper into the problem that people actually face. After a dedicated survey in Pune and Indore, the picture got clearer and led to Savetime.com as it is today: a large community of patients and doctors.

Mitesh also told Lighthouse how Savetime spent many hours on the field talking to doctors, and understanding how the health eco-system functions. These field excursions answered an interesting question: It wasn’t just about finding a doctor, but also about helping the patient make an informed decision. And that is how the patient review system came about – a powerful tool in the hand of the consumer. This system today answers the most basic question: Did you feel better after visiting the doctor you chose? Was the experience pleasant?

As Mitesh further explained, doctors are also appreciating the value addition that Savetime is making to patients’ lives directly. Many doctors are happy that they can now connect with the patient community online with the tools that Savetime.com offers. And Savetime is helping them do this in an ethical manner, using various tools like social media, patient outreach, and so on.

Today Savetime is an online community comprising over 4,300 doctors and 7,000 patients in just about a year. And this mutually beneficial connection is growing at a phenomenal rate. The reason for it is that Savetime is about something that we deeply care for: our health.

To get a detailed account of Savetime’s journey and how it is pioneering change on the healthcare map, check out this two-video interview series at Lighthouse Insights:

Mitesh Bohra, co-founder, Savetime talks to Lighthouse Insights

Lighthouse Insights video part 2

NASSCOM chooses Savetime among top 5 companies of Pune

On March 5, Savetime saw yet another proud moment when NASSCOM declared the top five emerging companies of Pune at its event, ‘NASSCOM Product Conclave’ held at Hotel Westin in Pune. The event, largely attended by Pune-based companies, had a panel of jury comprising successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, representatives from NASSCOM, TiE and large corporate houses.

The participating companies were asked to do a presentation for the jury. The pitches, meant for the jury, went all day long till 4:00 p.m. The jury finally declared the top five companies at 5:00 p.m for showcasing at the main stage. Product-centric innovation and real solutions for pain-points were among the top criteria in choosing these companies. Apart from Savetime Technologies, the other companies chosen were:

A)    Ascent Informatics: SaaS service for monitoring industrial devices in real time.

B)    kPoint Tech: Cloud-based video creation and sharing platform.

C)    Qualitia: Selenium-based test automation platform that doesn’t require scripts.

D)    ANTfarm Robotics: Product that helps consumers control their electrical appliances at home using their mobile phones.

Savetime has over 4,300 doctors in Pune listed on its platform. The platform provides accurate and comprehensive information collected directly from the doctors and genuine patient reviews collected directly from real patients. This makes Savetime a decision-enabling platform which offers more value than a plain directory. After the jury declared the result, this writer spoke to Mitesh Bohra, co-founder and CEO, Savetime. He said, “Savetime is extremely beneficial for folks who do not know where to go when they have a medical need. We help you find the right doctor in your area within your budget. You don’t even have to know the medical jargon. Just talk to our system like you are talking to a friend. Tell us your symptoms and we will suggest the right specialist.”

Mitesh Bohra, founder and CEO, Savetime Technologies making a presentation about how Savetime works
Mitesh Bohra, co-founder and CEO, Savetime Technologies making a presentation on how Savetime works

“A substance can cure what it can induce”

Dr. Nikhil Patil, an acclaimed homoeopath, talks about homoeopathy and busts the age-old myths…
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Dr. Nikhil Patil, BHMS, Clinical Research in Homoeopathy
Dr. Nikhil Patil, BHMS, Clinical Research in Homoeopathy

Being a homoeopathic doctor, do you face a lot of criticism in the world of allopathics? What kind of criticism? And how do you deal with it?

Homoeopathy is a well-proven science, and is practiced at large worldwide. Every law has exceptions and similarly, every system of medicine has some flaws. Yes! There is criticism and I feel it is healthy criticism. It helps me grow and become a better doctor every day. There are patients who come with hesitation and ask me questions about authenticity of homoeopathy, its curative powers and mostly about the time taken to cure diseases. With advancement in technology and practicing methods, the time to cure diseases has reduced up to certain hours. In acute conditions like asthmatic attacks, homoeopathic treatment can reduce patient’s sufferings in minutes.

The criticism is mostly about time taken to cure diseases and with adapting to certain methods of treatment I am able to deal with that criticism by showing results. I feel dealing with criticism has to be this way only. Finding each other’s faults is not going to reduce the suffering of the person; instead of reacting to such things I spend my time in improving my methods and reducing the suffering of the patient. Around 2-3 years back, there was lot of discussion going on about the “Placebo Effect” of homoeopathy and I guess everybody has come out of it. With the help of modern technology, scientists have proven that there is no such thing as “Placebo Effect” in homoeopathy, and actually homoeopathy works on nano-technology. Continue reading “A substance can cure what it can induce”

Foodie Moody Blues

Can food affect your mood? The answer is yes. To know what, why and how, read further.

By Avanika Mote
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They might tickle your taste buds but damage your mood and body
They might tickle your taste buds but damage your mood and body

Last year I drove into the Aundh outlet of McDonalds and drove out with a McMeal. It had a soda, a burger and a pack of fries. Just one of those days you don’t want to cook. The day was tiring as I didn’t want to write a thing on technology. All I looked forward to was a ready-to-eat meal and an episode of The Big Bang Theory to make me feel like it’s a great evening. Once in a while it’s okay to indulge in atrocious food habits. Especially on a Thursday evening. I peeled the paper cover off the burger, put a straw inside my Coke and squeezed some ketchup for the fries while searching for Z-Cafe on my TataSky. Multi-tasking comes handy when there’s a burger to look forward to. It’s also a prep to eat all things inside one burger in a bite. It isn’t easy with burgers, with the mayo dripping and the remote in your other hand.

While Sheldon Cooper was doing what he does the best – turning lame into a verb that creates LOLs – the whole burger-and-Big Bang concept was not working out for me. My funny bone would not tickle. I was starting to feel irritated, though the Coke tried its best to calm my throat. When the meal was over, I started to feel worse than before. And then I was just a phone call away from two pints of beer. This was the last ray of sheer optimism to make my evening great. And Google calls it the ‘junk food blues’. You need to understand that it could happen to you too. Since information is power, it is good to know what junk does to your psyche. So, here are the top five foods that can give you the blues. Continue reading Foodie Moody Blues