Benefits of Digital Health

Digital health is a symbiotic relationship between information technology, computers and healthcare to optimize efficiency, quality of services and healthcare outcomes for the patient and the provider.

On 15th August 2015 the new Prime Minister of India made a call to move towards a digital India by revolutionizing healthcare delivery through the use of telemedicine. Models of telemedicine and m health have a proven efficacy and are both scalable and replicable in both an urban and rural setting. This has greatly increased healthcare accessibility to India’s rural population providing them with many cost effective healthcare solutions. The success of this has been as a result of acceptability of information technology at hospitals across cities all over India.

Electronic medical records or EMR’s are a safe way of storing medical information for long periods of time. They can be accessed anywhere at any time by either the patient or healthcare provider. They reduce dependence on storage space, save time and paperwork for the provider.

The patient get to access their own records, actively participate in their healthcare management, seek reliable information on the internet, make informed choices and reduce their cost of healthcare expenditure.

Digital health tools help patients to book appointments with doctors, arrange for home collections for pathology samples, home delivery of regular prescription drugs thus making healthcare more convenient and efficient.

Patients can view their diagnostic test results on the digital platform, share the information with the provider and mutually make a plan of care best suited to individual needs.

Remote patient monitoring helps patients and providers to assess chronic health conditions that require regular follow up without the need for frequent hospital visits or indoor treatment.

For people living in rural areas telemedicine provides access to doctors working in urban tertiary healthcare facilities and provides healthcare service delivery of the highest standards.

In India what’s app is the most frequently used mobile app to share information between patients and doctors and also between doctors to discuss patient conditions or diagnostic reports to provide the best healthcare outcome for the patient.

Drug information systems help to alert a pharmacist to potentially harmful drug interactions, reduce prescription errors and help patients to take their medications regularly.

There can be no substitute for a face to face consultation and examination by a doctor yet with increasing pressures of work life balance, time constraints and distances involved digital health is an innovative way of providing cost effective healthcare delivery.

Healthy Eating Designed For Children

Healthy eating designed for children sometimes does not hit the target.
As a parent, you may have done all forms of bribery, persuasion, warning or manipulation to your child just to make them eat healthy food. But wouldn’t it be nicer if we did not have to resort to such tactics?
There are seven instant tips to help you attain success with healthy eating.
1. Start the ball rolling while they are young. The younger they are, the easier it can be. Do not wait for the time when their taste buds get ruined by sweet treats. By this time, it can be harder to convince them to eat Brussels sprouts and broccoli. If you failed to do it while they were much younger, you can use tip # 4 ? be tough ? and prepare for a negative reaction that you may get from your kids.
2. Stock up with a variety of healthy foods. This can help prevent them from being bolted to only one food group. It is perfectly fine for them to have favorites, but exposing them to a variety can get them to like other food tastes too. And please avoid stocking unhealthy food. Junk food is a big no-no. It can only disrupt your plans.
3. Blend the foods that they like with the food they hate. Here is how you do it: stir fry onions with zucchini, broccoli, carrots and snow peas rather than giving them only a platter of steamed broccoli. To make sure that your child gets some carrots with his or her zucchini, you should slice it into small pieces.
4. Be fervent! If you cannot impose firm-love, your plan will fail. You will need to inform your child that this is what you cooked for dinner and that is it. There is no other available food. If you only have healthy food in your home, it can work. Since there are no other options and they get hungry, they have no other choice but to eat what you served.
5. Do not permit your kid to go near people who will sabotage your plan. Some people just seem to find contentment over the fact that they can offer your kid sweet treats. And yes, even your doctors and dentists do this. What you can do is to teach your child to say “No thank you”. If a close relative is doing the same thing, you may threaten them you will stop visiting if they won’t stop.
6. Inhibit your children from watching commercial TV. Yes you got it right. Around 95% of our population gets nutritional education from these commercials, and kids will see junk food ads while watching their favorite kid shows. It can really have a big influence on their food cravings.
7. Be a good example. This happens to be the most important thing to do. How can you expect your child to stop eating candy and ice cream if you don’t? How will you convince them to eat fish, veggies and whole grains if they see that you don’t eat them as well? While they are still young, they will always look up to you. So be a good role model.
If you were not a good role model, you definitely have no right to criticize your child’s poor eating habits, obesity, ADHD and when your child gets sick, you will need to take a lot of time off from work.
Love yourself more, strive to eat healthy!

The Importance Of Omega 3 During Pregnancy And Nursing

The EU (European Union) has recently recommended that women who are pregnant or nursing should take daily omega 3 DHA fatty acid supplements.
The EU committee of more than 50 nutritional experts from the Perinatal Lipid Nutrition Group (PeriLip) and Early Nutrition Programming (EARNEST) unanimously agreed pregnant and nursing mothers should supplement their diets with 200 mgs/day of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – a long chain omega 3 fatty acid found primarily in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tongol tuna/
The committees decision was based on two major points and has been supported by seven international scientific organizations, the two points are outlined below:
One – studies conducted by the committee revealed that most western mothers did not eat enough fatty fish; two servings are generally recommended in order to supply the bare minimum of omega 3 DHA for a healthy pregnancy. The committee found that the average DHA intake of pregnant and lactating women in the U.S was less than 18 % of the recommended daily amount and only 2 % of these women meet their daily needs of DHA. Of course, if you are not eating enough fish oil to sustain your daily dosage of DHA then your baby isn’t getting it either.
Two – Research studies have revealed that women who have a high dietary intake of omega 3 DHA have much healthier pregnancies and deliver babies that have higher birth weight as well as babies that are full term. Not only that, the research showed the benefits to extend beyond birth as well. Babies who received the recommended amounts of omega 3 fish oils, particularly DHA when in the womb have optimum brain and eye development and motor, thinking and language skills. There is also a decreased risk of these babies developing asthma, juvenile diabetes and ADD/ADHD later on in life.
Speaking for the committee, Professor Berthold Koletxco, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Munich, stated, “We reviewed a wealth of evidence on the benefits of DHA omega 3 and hope our findings will offer guidance for healthcare professionals on the optimum DHA omega 3 intake during pregnancy and nursing.”
Professor Koletzco went on to say, “We also hope that new and expectant mothers will be able to use this specific information to ensure that they are getting enough DHA omega 3 to gain the nutritional benefits throughout their pregnancy and during nursing.”
EU recommends getting the majority of your omega 3 fish oil from sources like salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and tuna as they have the richest sources of omega 3 fatty acids. It is also important to note that there are no negative side effects to consuming more than the recommended amount of 3 fish oil is 200 mgs/day of omega 3 DHA.
Experts also agree that in order to avoid any issues with fish toxicity as long as pregnant and nursing women and everyone else for that matter refrain from eating large predator fish such as shark and swordfish, two or three servings a week of one of the above fatty fish is perfectly safe. Actually, Harvard University School of Public Health study recently concluded that the benefits of fish oil far outweigh any threat of toxicity by as much as 500 to one. In other words, toxicity is not a threat.
Consequently, if you are pregnant, nursing or even considering getting pregnant and want a healthy pregnancy and baby you owe it to yourself to start eating more fatty fish and taking omega 3 fish oil supplements ASAP. You will be glad you did and your baby will thank you.