Now, consult specific docs via mobile app

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Nov 2017 08:58:17


By Amanpreet Singh,


PATIENTS from far off places in the country and abroad can now consult specific doctors in national capital using their smartphones. Experts at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here have developed a Mobile app - myFollowup - where patients can upload their clinical reports and get advice from specialists at an affordable consultation fee.

The patients, from Raipur in Chhattisgarh or living in Kenya, Indonesia and Malaysia, now need not travel all the way to Delhi to seek medical advice, saving them staggering travel cost and time. However, in cases where physical examination is required, the app is useful only after meeting the specialist at least once.

“It’s not a blind date. The relationship between a doctor and a patient is that of trust. We must know the diagnosis and patient’s history,” Dr Sudhir Kalhan, co-chairman of the Department of Minimal Access & Bariatric Surgery Centre at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, told PTI.

“We have performed many surgeries on patients who came from different parts of the country but now they need not be present physically for post-surgery treatment. This app is making huge difference,” Kalhan explains.

So far, over 10,000 users have downloaded this app and more than 200 doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital are available for consultation after pre-approved online appointments.

With Delhi being reduced to a gas chamber due to severe air pollution and a health emergency declared, this app again became a saviour for the parents of a 11-year-old girl, who lives in one of the satellite towns. She underwent a liver transplant at the hospital in August but developed fever a few days ago.