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Big Data-Driven Medical Apps Helps Doctors Coordinate Globally

The technology will be helpful in such settings as it will make redundant the need to transport patients from one healthcare center to another.

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Big Data Medical Apps can help doctors share best practices and treat patients, internationally. The Apps combine live streaming with instant messaging and networking in a totally secure environment. Direct as well as double encrypted conversations among doctors could be achieved by these state-of-the-art medical Applications. Encryption ensures privacy of interactions. Healthcare professionals using these medical Apps go through a tough credentials check before getting into the system.

These Apps can actually be revolutionary:
A doctor with a healthcare institution such as Medicines sans Frontieres (MSF) in war-ridden Syria could operate with a surgeon in California to treat a rocket blast victim through live streaming. Incredible as it may sound, this is the direction of medical science as well as modern technology such as Big Data Analytics.

Big Data Medical Applications provide crucial information on the go

Big Data Apps provide access to interactive educational library with live streams, training courses, along with in-house virtual reality, augmented reality productions, and points of view.

Such features help physicians run through millions of research papers as well as genetic sequencing data, conducting high-speed analysis, sifting through treatment records globally, and delivering insights into patients with specific DNA sequence or blood group. Doctors could benchmark patients with previous occurrences as well as analyze how patients with certain genes respond to different treatments, helping them in informed decision-making that is based on facts, and not judgment.

Organizations such as MDLinking are creating doctor networks across the globe including medical colleges and not-for-profit NGOs and healthcare institutions like Aga Khan Development Network, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners in Health.

Such smart phone applications are designed to leverage the inbuilt storage to use offline functionality that in case of low Internet connectivity in places such as rural areas, war zones, or places where disaster has struck. The medical Apps are different from Web applications as they don’t need continuous Internet connection. Offline functionality allows Apps to connect to Cloud applications and retrieve data when internet connectivity is available on demand.

For instance, online medical articles and journals could be accessed in case there is no Internet or when the connection is intermittent.“Big Data Analytics could provide doctors and physicians the opportunity to dig into data and device novel treatments,” said Shashank Dixit, CEO, Deskera, a global cloud provider that has developed its own Big Data Application.

Bringing high-quality healthcare to the Third World and developing countries
Billions in the developing and underdeveloped countries with low incomes suffer from absence of proper healthcare. India ranks low on the WHO’s (World Health Organization’s) list of healthcare systems. A big chunk of the Indian population is outside health services.

In such cases, collective medical knowledge could help in providing services to 5 billion people in Asia and Africa. The technology will be helpful in such settings as it will make redundant the need to transport patients from one healthcare center to another. Medical professionals across Africa, Europe, Asia, and the USA are signing up for the Apps. The day is not be far when a patient suffering in Kampala could be operated by doctors in California, Sidney, and Cairo. Let’s hope it happens soon this World Health Day.

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