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Digital Medical Data & its Applications: New-age Reform & Revolution!!

As India is becoming more powerful & profound in digitizing the systems, making them accessible, stratified, transparent & secure, the inclination is towards getting a digitally abled Indian Healthcare system. Yes, you rightly understood. In the coming years, India may introduce a concept of a Digital Medical card for every citizen linked to an Aadhar Card, Insurance card, etc. Do you think it is not possible? Well, let’s look at how India became digitally & technically sound and connected and how India is using digital tech for Medical record-keeping in today’s era.

The healthcare data in India is quite fragmented and scattered across the country. The way an individual interacts ranges from rural to urban areas, from multiple diagnostic centers to private or public hospitals, from a small medical practitioner to a polyclinic facility, and from a traditional medicine set-up to a pharmacist. A new data format is getting created and applied everywhere. There are thousands of ways how data is generated and stored, it varies with technology, applications, and budget allocation. Though the medical system is evolving into a giant ecosystem, medical data collection and storage vary. It’s the need of the hour that we all think of having an ecosystem where the digital & tech usage for procuring data, storing data, and passing data through a secured method happen. It will allow an individual to get treatment without carrying piles of papers or reports from door to door, where a single card can be the identity of an individual’s inner health system.

The new reforms and policies taken up by the National Health Commission in India bought the National Health Stack, a platform being developed to support the collection, storage, and analysis of healthcare data in India. Additionally, the National Digital Health Mission started on 15th August 2020 by PM Narendra Modiji, aimed to create a digital infrastructure for healthcare delivery in India, which includes the use of digital health records and telemedicine. This initiative has the potential to transform healthcare in India by improving access to care, reducing costs, and improving health outcomes. Below are some of the applications of the Digital Medical records system:

  1. Epidemiological studies: Digital Medical data is used to conduct large-scale epidemiological studies to understand the prevalence and distribution of non-communicable and communicable diseases across India. This can help in identifying risk factors for non-communicable diseases and developing strategies to prevent and control them.
  2. Clinical trials: Digital Medical data is used to conduct clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of new drugs and treatments. This can help in developing new treatments for diseases that are prevalent in India.
  3. Disease surveillance: Digital Medical data is used to monitor the spread of infectious & communicable diseases and track outbreaks. This can help in early detection and response to outbreaks, which can help in reducing the spread of diseases. This can be efficient in Malaria, Dengue, or even Covid-19 outbreaks.
  4. Personalized medicine: Digital Medical data can be used to develop personalized medicine based on an individual’s genetic makeup and other factors. This can help in developing more effective treatments that are tailored to an individual’s needs. Ayurveda is the source of personalized medicine tradition in the world and with digitization, we can now create awareness and reach of Ayurveda in the remotest of places using modern tech.
  5. Health policy: Digital Medical data is used to create informed health policy decisions, such as the allocation of resources to different areas of healthcare. This can help in improving the overall health of the population. We can cover a large population and also create target-oriented policy by mapping and tracking high-risk sources helping the Health Policy to become more sustainable and specific.

One such specific application which is currently having a national as well as global reach is using Digital Medical data along with Ayurveda to help get more accurate predictions. We all know, Ayurveda places great emphasis on personalized treatment plans, based on an individual’s unique body constitution and health status. Digital Medical data can help Ayurveda practitioners to gather and analyze information about their patients, allowing for more accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This unique application can be now actually done with the help of a Digitized Nadi Pariksha device. Yes, you heard it right!

The Digital Nadi Pariksha device named Nadi Tarangini is a cutting-edge technology that uses a combination of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and computer vision to analyze pulse movements and generate a digital report securely.

This device can be used to monitor and assess a range of medical conditions, and inner health parameters (doshas, gunas, strotas, deviations, etc.) with utmost precision.

One of the key benefits of the Nadi Tarangini device is its ability to generate highly accurate and detailed Inner Health data. This data can be used to track changes in an individual’s condition over time, monitor treatment progress and identify potential issues before they become serious. Also, it helps in keeping a track of their inner health. Additionally, the device is non-invasive and easy to use, making it an ideal tool for Ayurveda Practitioners to track their patients.

The Nadi Tarangini device can be used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, spas, and rehabilitation centers. By using the Nadi Tarangini device to generate Digital Medical data, healthcare providers can improve the accuracy of diagnoses, enhance treatment outcomes, and reduce the overall cost of care. Additionally, patients can benefit from the convenience and accessibility of this technology, which can help them to manage their health more effectively and efficiently.

Overall, the Nadi Tarangini device is one of the first-of-its-kind, non-invasive applications that can be used to create India’s first-ever Digital Medical Health record system based on Ayurveda & AI-powered forming “A Healthcare- Ecosystem”. Its innovative technology, combined with its ease of use and accuracy, make it an invaluable application for healthcare providers and patients to not only use an indigenous technology application as a revolution but creating new-age reforms and solutions.

“To learn more and to go digital with Nadi Tarangini, visit the Nadi Tarangini home page or contact us at +91 9168616013″

Author: Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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Digital Medical Health Data

What is Medical Health Data?

Medical Health data is any data “related to health conditions and quality of life” for an individual or population. Medical data contains information about a person’s health status, all kinds of treatment reports, current and past medical treatment received.
Medical health data records can include General numerical information, such as vital signs like heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. Diagnostic-related information, like laboratory test results from blood tests, genetic tests, culture results, and so on.
Before the invention of technology, such information was recorded on paper. But there were many disadvantages. To overcome these problems modern technology has helped to record and store the data in digital files and databases.
For example: Wearables like GOQii, Apple, Fit bit, Devices like oximeter, Glucometer, digital blood pressure monitor, First Digital Pulse Diagnostic Device-Nadi Tarangini etc.
All of these devices reveal medical information about a person and allows for his or her identification as per the requirement at any time.

What are the Different types of keeping Health Data records?

Together, they form a complete overview of an individual's health.

  • Clinical Data- This data includes medical history and diagnosis current and past, list of medicines, list of vaccinations the patient has received, lab test results, current and past surgical history.
  • Demographic Data- This includes data such as age, sex, nationality, etc.
  • Psychosocial Data- This data includes psychological health and social status.
  • Lifestyle Data- This includes habits, interests, and hobbies.
  • Genomic Data- This data includes all information of all genes and their interrelationships in order to identify their combined influence on the growth and development.

What are the different Forms of Medical Data available?

Health data are classified as either structured or unstructured.

Structured: Structured health data is standardized and can be easily transferred between various health information systems. For example, a patient’s name, date of birth, or a blood-test result can be recorded in a structured data format.

Unstructured: Unstructured health data, unlike structured data, is not standardized.  Emails, audio recordings, or physician notes about a patient are examples of unstructured health data.  

What are the advantages of Digital Health data over paper-based health data?

Advantages of Digital Health data

Challenges of paper-based health data

The digital medical health data storage requires only a cloud server where the data can be stored and sorted in the required manner.

Paper based data requires larger physical space to store thousands of papers, files, and reports. Maintenance cost was quite high.

Composition and storage of digital forms of medical data is in a standard format. Hence it is easily accessible when required.

This kind of data had different kinds of handwriting for different sections and caused inconvenience to access. 

Digital medical data is available at a click anywhere around the globe, thus convenient for remote consultations.

Paper based data was not portable due to distance and due to weight issues, thus unable to consult remotely. 

In this form of medical data, the percentage of error is very negligible.

Paper based data had a high percentage of error.

Digital medical data gives efficiency to the organization.

Paper based data was a very time-consuming affair.

What are the Limitations of Health data?

Digital medical health data adds value in areas such as digital health records, patient monitoring, and medical devices, thus makes the proper use of time and resources. But this form of data also has its own limitations, and they are: limited technology infrastructure, staff reluctance to learn new things, data illiteracy and concerns about privacy and security.

What are the Ending notes to understanding Digital Health Data?

There are multiple software solutions available in the market to digitalize the medical health records. Management may opt for customized software and also make usage of paper-based data in some sections taking in consideration the limitations and the needs. This type of information can be retrieved, for providing care as well as for further clinical research and development.

Let’s explore and welcome digitalization of the medical health data for our ease and progress!!!

To learn more and to go digital with Nadi Tarangini, visit the Nadi Tarangini home page or contact us at +91 9168616013.

Dr.Shillpa Jamdarkhana and Archana Patil
Shruti Kulkarni and Dr. Tejaswini Bhale

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