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Abhijit App

ABHIJIT APP

What’s in news?

In collaborating with Nobel laureate economist, Indian doctors introduced a mobile application called Abhijit app to aid and support rural health.

Key data’s:

  • 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.

 

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/nobel-prize-2/

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/abhijit-app-for-better-rural-health-diagnosis/cid/1713836

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