Digital health technology as an aid towards universal health coverage
Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its first guideline on the use of digital health interventions via mobile phones, tablets and computers.
The guideline has also defined some of the terms in common use today such as digital health, eHealth, mHealth.
eHealth is "the use of information and communications technology in support of health and health-related fields".
mHealth or mobile health is "the use of mobile wireless technologies for health". It is a subset of eHealth.
Digital health is “the use of digital technologies for health” and is “a broad umbrella term encompassing eHealth (which includes mHealth), as well as emerging areas, such as the use of advanced computing sciences in 'big data', genomics and artificial intelligence”.....read more
A big victory for DMA and IMANDB
From the desk of Dr Girish Tyagi, Dr GK Mani, Dr Prachi Garg and Dr KK Aggarwal
A big victory for the medical profession and thanks to Shri Vijay Dev Chief Secretary Delhi for prompt action…
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, Office of the PR Secretary (Health and Family Welfare)
No. F.342/C-140/H&FW/Vig/2016/prsecyhfw/167-216 / Date: 16/04/2019.
All HOD's of Hospitals/Medical Institutions, are hereby directed that in case of any incident involving abuse or violence by the patients or their attendants, an FIR/Complaint is required to be filled by the concerned Hospitals/Institutions immediately. In no case, the individual doctor/para-medical/nursing/administrative staff, etc., should be asked to lodge the FIR/complaints with the Police in such cases...read more
The combination of betel nut and tobacco is heightening dangers to health because both substances contain cancer causing agents and are addictive, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. A technical officer at the WHO in Fiji, Ada Moadsiria, said some people chewed betel nut with tobacco while others smoked soon after chewing the nut, which has psychoactive properties..... read more
The US Food and Drug Administration has ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the US immediately. The order is the latest in a series of escalating safety actions related to protecting the health of the thousands of women each year who undergo surgery transvaginally to repair POP..... read more
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) does not recommend screening for elevated blood lead levels in childhood and pregnancy in its latest guidelines published in JAMA. For pregnant women and children 5 years and younger,... read more
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Gelesis100 (Plenity, Gelesis) for weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-40 kg/m2, when used together with diet and exercise. The prescription device is a capsule containing hydrogel particles that expand in the stomach....read more
The American College of Cardiology has joined hands with Sanofi and Regeneron to conduct a new national study - TRANSFORM LDL-C Risk - to identify high-risk patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and optimizing their access to the latest evidence-based treatments for low-density....read more
1.In an apparent bid to increase the number of enrollments and to reduce the burden on super-specialist doctors, the Medical Council of India could soon start promoting the Post Graduation in Family Medicine course aggressively.
2. Regular infusions of an antibody that blocks the HIV binding site on human immune cells may have suppressed levels of HIV for up to four months in people undergoing a short-term pause in their antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens, according to a report published online today in The New England Journal of Medicine. Results of the Phase 2,..... read more
Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support).
IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more
Precautionary measures necessary to prevent hemophilia from extending to vital organs India has the second-highest number of hemophilia patients
New Delhi, 18 April 2019: Despite improvement in medical technologies for the treatment of hemophilia, nearly 80% of Indians with the serious blood disorder are not diagnosed due to the absence of proper diagnostic facilities in the remote areas. India with nearly two lakh cases is estimated to have the second highest number of patients with hemophilia. The condition is usually inherited and about 1 in every 5,000 males is born with the disorder.
Hemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly. As a result, a person suffers from spontaneous and bleed for a longer time after sustaining an injury. This occurs due to the absence of a certain protein called clotting factors required for stopping the bleeding. The intensity of the condition depends on the amount of clotting factor present in the blood.