Banaras Hindu University stroke app to connect doctor, patient

For those who wish to save the hassle of visiting doctors to show their reports, the department of neurology of Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), has come up with a BHU-appmobile app called ‘Stroke App’.

To be launched in the first week of June, the app will connect patients with doctors online.

Available for free downloading on play stores running on Android Operating Systems and iOs platforms, the app will help patients send diagnostic test reports to the doctors directly. It will also benefit the denizens to get updated information about preventive measures about stroke as well as help to keep a track of important health parameters. Not only individuals, but medical professionals in the periphery can also download the app to keep records of their patients with its help.

The app is the brainchild of head of department of neurology Prof V N Mishra. “Our aim was to make this utility available to the masses. The app was developed keeping in mind that mobile technology has become the most popular, powerful and suitable medium to reach people. The app has been designed in such a way that a person can upload the image of CT or MRI scan as well as basic details on the app. Once the details are submitted, our web master will circulate it directly to the doctors of department of neurology which will then be examined by us,” he said.

The request for licensing at play store is in process, he added.

Prof Mishra said the idea of creating an app came up in November 2014 after he attended a conference in Malaysia. The app-developing work commenced in February and was completed in first week of May.

Having started developing the app from a patient’s perspective, the idea of developing it for doctors as well came up. Explaining the modalities of the app, Prof Mishra said, “All the details fed by an individual are protected and the privacy of the user is also ensured. The details are also hidden from the web developer who will be forwarding us the personal information of the patient.”

“The USP of the app will be the informative pages on hemorrhagic stroke, cerebral infarction, primary as well as secondary prevention of stroke, stroke physiography and others which will benefit the individuals and educate them about how they can prevent themselves from getting affected by stroke,” Prof Mishra informed.

This will help in raising awareness among people about the stroke, as knowing about health is the first step towards taking care of vital body organ. The app is scheduled to be launched in first week of June and will be promoted at all the social networking sites for maximum downloads and greater awareness, he added.

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