As digital health makes even greater forays into overall healthcare solutions, patients are rightly confused about how it fits into their medical history. While it can be helpful to access a doctor via an app at any time to suit them, how does the consultation and information fit into their overall story?
Until now patients have not been completely involved in owning their medical history. Now with pressures on healthcare patients are becoming more involved and are finding themselves with more choices about how to manage their wellbeing.
Prioritizing health and wellbeing in the modern working world are hard. Time is often pressing, and it can be difficult to get in touch with the right specialist. Even if they have managed to find the time to see a healthcare provider, it’s not always easy to see the bigger picture of how they are doing.
Medintu was born out of a desire to give people better access to healthcare and a more personalized approach to their wellbeing. “One of the problems is that the user can’t maintain their own medical records
says Ramana Reddy who founded the company in United Kingdom.
How digital technology can help
As an international digital healthcare service Medintu is dedicated to making healthcare more personalized and accessible to everyone.
their key vision is to help people live a better, healthier life in the busy working world
says Ramana Reddy
So you, as the owner of your medical records, can share it with the specialist, rather than hoping the specialist has a paper record of your health history. The specialist can access your digital profile online and then understand various other elements like lifestyle, allergies, medical conditions and current medication.” This approach is particularly relevant in countries without an integrated or advanced healthcare structure.
Reddy has found a willing market in India, where the burgeoning middle classes are looking to access the many medical advances in their own country, rather than going abroad to seek treatment. It’s particularly successful in the tech city of Bangalore where people are already plugged in to the benefits of digital tech in general. With 100,000 users already on the system, Medintu is finding that a business to business approach is more effective at this early stage. Medintu now have a service wrapped around a business platform where we do the assessments for individuals and then they can update their information.
One of Medintu’s largest clients is the State Police Department of Andhra Pradesh. Its 65,000 employees are all enrolled in the scheme and can access all aspects of healthcare, from information, tips, blogs, alerts and consultant appointments, online consultations, private medical tests, a wellbeing profile and counsellor, and events and webinars. “By simplifying access to complete health profile, the department benefits as well as the employees,”
“Our system enables people to have anytime anywhere access to resolve their health issues and focusses on prevention. This reduces sick leave, stress and improves productivity in work place by creating a happier and healthier workforce.”
says Srinivas Reddy M, Co-Founder & CEO (India)
From the ever-increasing speed of digital communication to the growing demands of our 24/7 culture, the evidence suggests that employees are getting more stressed, not less.
The app-based system creates a wellbeing journey for everyone, including medical health, mental health, healthy diet and exercise, mindfulness, sleep, stress management and financial wellness. With not only the individual but the doctors, consultants and medical facilities subscribing to Medintu, the aim is to create a joined-up system that does not allow patients to fall through the cracks.
In addition, it also creates an overall health picture for each company or geographic area, revealing its stresses and pinpointing potential improvements. The system allows access to specialists in fields such as mental health, nutrition, physiotherapy and fitness conveniently accessible all time from anywhere. As users continue to access services online, the system will automatically build their health record which can be used for better diagnosis in the future. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to manage their own health information and to access treatment via the mobile APP at their own convenience,” Reddy says.
“This should improve outcomes for the patient and give them the confidence to proactively manage their own health, rather than waiting too long to seek treatment.”