Wireless networks now reach over 80 per cent of India’s population and therefore SMART Health India has the potential to revolutionise the delivery of essential healthcare to those who previously had little or no access.
Mobile phones and smart devices will have a large role to play in improving access to healthcare and involving patients more in their own treatment, a leading Oxford University academic has said in a lecture in New Delhi.
Australian researchers have discovered that the reductions in heart events and death, from using blood pressure-lowering drugs in patients with type 2 diabetes, persist for many years after treatment has stopped.
Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in India is nearly one-fourth the global rate; for TB and malaria, rates of new infections are decreasing but levels remain higher than the global average; India is one of three countries that accounted for
half of all malaria deaths last year.
The slew of proposals to boost the health care sector presented by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, as part of the 2014-15 India budget augurs well for tackling pre-mature deaths and disability caused by non-communicable diseases in the country.