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New apps to help doctors offer healthcare services beyond clinics

New apps to help doctors offer healthcare services beyond clinics
From this month, patients in Singapore will be the first in the world to use new secured mobile clinic applications, such as the Heartsmart app, on their smartphones. Photo: Borderlesshealthlab
App will also allow patients to reach their doctors without making a trip to the clinic
Published: 4:24 PM, April 7, 2014

SINGAPORE — From this month, patients in Singapore will be the first in the world to use new secured mobile clinic applications on their smartphones.

The apps, unveiled on World Health Day today (April 7), will enable doctors to extend delivery of healthcare to patients beyond the confines of their physical clinics.

It will also help patients better understand cardiac conditions and simple health algorithms, and allow them to reach their doctors without having to queue at clinics for basic medical queries.

The apps, called Smart Ageing, Heartsmart and Health Abacus are delivered on a mobile app platform called “Borderless Clinic”.

With Heartsmart and Heart Abacus apps, doctors can have live chats with patients to help them understand more about their condition.

The Smart Ageing app will allow elderly patients or their caregivers to ask questions on ailments.

Costing over S$12 million, the system will equip doctors to deliver healthcare management to their patients via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Subscribers of the mobile apps can get advice from doctors in a secured environment via audio and video communication on a regular basis.

They can also monitor indicators such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

The Smart Ageing and Heartsmart apps are available for download from today while Health Abacus will be available by April 15. CHANNEL NEWSASIA