Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hindustan Times articles - are health apps good for your health ?

Experts in India said that apps are nothing but complementary tools for facilitating good health or even treatment. “Apps cannot replace doctors or a healthcare provider, it can only complement. But after all that a patient has to rely on the expertise of a doctor,” said Dr Aniruddha Malpani, IVF specialist.

Health apps can be thought of as being medicines. While they can be self-prescribed and used " over the counter " ( OTC), they work much better when they are prescribed by a doctor. Apps can have side- effects too ( for example, some users start using them obsessively !) The doctor needs to learn how to prescribe apps ; when to prescribe them; whom to prescribe them to; and how to monitor their use.

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