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In collaborating with Nobel laureate economist, Indian doctors introduced a mobile application called Abhijit app to aid and support rural health.
- Abhijit app, a decision support system, an artificial intelligence-based mobile application.
- The App was launched by Indian doctors along with Nobel laureate economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee
- Developer: The Liver Foundation worked and Raxa Health (a Delhi-based health informatics company).
- Strategy used: “Problem-based learning strategy”. The strategy is to help practitioners guide patients according to their needs.
- Objective: To help the unqualified practitioners make a tentative diagnosis but avoid decisions they are not qualified to take, such as prescribe antibiotics.
- With this technology, a decision support system parked on mobile phones could help unqualified rural healthcare practitioners provide correct guidance to patients.
- The app has distributed to several dozen unqualified rural healthcare practitioners in Birbhum, Purulia and South 24-Paragnas in a preliminary assessment exercise.
- The app will help improve advice and guidance that patients receive from unqualified practitioners who remain the first point of contact for people in areas bereft of MBBS-qualified doctors.
- The app is intended to guide them on what to do and as importantly what not to do in the treatment process.
- The app had built-in referral points at which unqualified practitioners need to refer the patients to qualified doctors.
Need for this app:
- To train the practitioners, as there are more than 50% of quacks (unqualified doctors and practitioners) in our country.
- To succeed in Ayushman Bharat Scheme, we need 1,50,000 mid-level practitioners. This kind of training will reach the count.
- It can be expensive to use humans to train practitioners.
Who is Abhijit Banerjee?
- Abhijit Banerjee is an Indian-American won the Nobel Prize for Economics.
- He shared the award with his French-American wife Esther Duflo and another American economist Michael Kremer for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty“.
Data to know:
- Health care system become one of the largest sectors both in terms of revenue and employment.
- Inguin is one of the healthcare apps, which provides an online integrated healthcare delivery system.
- Through this app, we can order medicines and other health products which saves up to 25% on medicines and 15% on other health products.
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