Good news for all the heart problem patients! IIT Roorkee students have developed a mobile application called ‘Dhadkan’, that will monitor the heart rate of patients and will provide them with medical assistance.
Developed by the Indian Institute of Technology’s Computational Biology group, the app will remotely observe the vital of the patients and will send notifications to both the doctor and the patient, in case of any drastic changes in the data or any possibilities indicating of imminent heart failure.
The designs of this free app are particularly taken care of so that it is easy-to-use for everyone and the people in the rural areas can also benefit from it. ‘Dhadkan’ is developed in collaboration with Sandeep Seth and Gopichandran from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Giving out further details about the app, Deepak Sharma, assistant professor at the department of biotechnology, IIT-Roorkee said, “Dhadkan app will be of immense help to patients who live in distant areas and cannot come at regular intervals to tertiary care hospitals. It collects patient’s data (at any desired interval) on blood pressure, heart rate, and weight, and transmits it to the authorized caregiver (a doctor, nurse or paramedic) who is linked to the patient during the initial registration.”
In a country that has about 10 million people who are at risk of heart failure, this app has come as a solace. Through this remarkable app, the users will be able to have a two-way communication between doctors and patients. To add on to its quality, the patients will also eb able ot send their RCG reports to the doctors whenever required.
Before introducing the country to the app, it will be used for conducting a randomized control trial on 100 heart failure patients at AIIMS to validate its utility. The trial will also help to suggest if any new features are required in it or not.
Developed by Somesh Chaturvedi, a B.Tech biotechnology fourth-year student, and Shreya Srivastava, a biotechnology Ph.D. first-year student, ‘Dhadkan’ has definitely come as a boon for all the heart patients.