Updated: 04/07/2014 22:07

Smart health apps that could transform patient care

Smart health apps that could transform patient care

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

These apps will help patients understand cardiac conditions and simple health algorithms. 

The apps launched by homegrown company, BH Mobile, will enable doctors to extend delivery of healthcare to patients beyond the confines of their physical clinics. 

They will also enable patients to reach their doctors without having to queue at clinics for basic medical queries. 

The apps, 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 $12 million to develop, 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.

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