New advances in health and medicine prompt exciting new
medical technologies designed to deliver effective patient care in terms of
reduced cost, speed and efficiency. Medindia heard Mr. Somenath Nag, Director - ISV and Enterprise Solutions, Alten
Calsoft Labs share his insight on
Healthcare mobility solutions, especially in India.
Q. What new dimension is your company offering in the field
Calsoft Labs is a pioneer in delivering patient centric, integrated and
security compliant health IT solutions and enables healthcare organizations to
realize efficient, effective and secure patient centric healthcare informatics
Framework', based on modern day technologies like Cloud, Mobility, and Big
Data, enables healthcare enterprises and technology vendors in building a competitive
advantage through future proof Health IT and Digital Health systems.
Q. How effectively can you take this to the end user? Or how
does the patient benefit from all this?
Following are few areas where mHealth, as a component of overall connected healthcare,
can bring benefits to overall healthcare ecosystems:
and solutions are also helping to provide home care solutions for elderly and
individuals to live independently which is a challenge with traditional care providing
Remote patient monitoring:
mHealth solutions can improve the access to care access to specialized medical
services, provide more effective preventive care and better monitoring of
chronic conditions and improved patient outcomes through remote patient
Chronic disease management:
Connected devices & health technologies-from wireless blood pressure
cuffs that automatically upload readings and text messaging programs that
remind patients to take their medication, to virtual visits conducted via video
that connect providers to remote patients-facilitate and personalize patient
technology and social media is enabling consumer engagement by meeting consumer
need for more empowerment, convenience, and control. mHealth solutions will
support provider clinical and financial goals by empowering people with the
actionable decision support, convenience, and control that they desire.
With regard to
managing healthcare, mobile technology will empower consumers to take a more
proactive approach in assessing their symptoms and selecting providers,
accessing healthcare systems, and connecting with care providers for ongoing
To address this
opportunity ALTEN Calsoft labs has come out with multiple mHealth solutions
based on a Connected Healthcare Framework. Few of these solutions are listed
Personal Blood Sugar Monitoring Solutions
Calsoft Labs' iGlucoCheck
application provides effective and hassle free means by which patients can
monitor their blood sugar
periodically anytime, anywhere using their android phones. The
application connects to the Glucometer device using Bluetooth, reads the
historical data from the device and pushes it to the cloud server.
Some of the prominent features of
the application are:
An in-built simulator that emulates the actual Glucometer device that
Connects using Bluetooth
Reads and syncs glucometer data with the cloud server
Intuitive graphical display of the blood-sugar values over a period of time
Flagging of blood sugar levels as Low, Normal and High Mobile Enabled Remote Patient Care
Cross platform (Android, iOS and
Windows) based remote care delivery improves patient satisfaction by providing
quality care at remote locations. The mobile application enhances productivity
and efficiency of physicians with healthy practice management features. The
application features are:
Appointments viewing/management and tracking with a color legend
Appointment notifications based on the target handset of physician
In-built map navigation for physicians to locate the patients quickly in case
List of To-do tasks for physicians
Physician profile that helps in collaborating during care delivery
Nursing Medication Chart
The iOS application enables nurses
to view and update the patient vitals, charts and their records from their
iPhone/iPad. The application has the following features that enable the nurses
to improve the efficiency, while enhancing patient care delivery. The prominent
features in the application are:
Patients list with visited and yet to visit patients tagged
View patient details and record the vitals pertaining to:
Height and Weight
View the patient history records and history pertaining to the vitals through
Q. Should people have some skill sets or technical knowledge
to be able to access the kind of healthcare you facilitate?
Our solutions are developed based on advanced usability engineering principles.
These applications are developed keeping consumer behaviors in mind. These
solutions are simple, intuitive and easy to use. Any individual who is able to
use a mobile phone would be able use our solutions.
Q. The digital revolution in health care is zooming
ahead in developed countries. What challenges are you facing in introducing
mobile healthcare in India?
Though the opportunity of mHealth in India is huge, there are certain
challenges that mHealth solution providers need to overcome in categories such
intervention: Selection of right technology will play a crucial role in the
success of mHealth in India. For example, in case of personal care management
or disease management and collaboration system, it is important to identify a
platform that can deliver content in the language the user understands, is
culturally relevant, habit building, locally relevant, trustworthy and
personalized. The platform should also facilitate the user to be able to reach
out to experts for further information or fulfillment.
Low cost of ownership:
Indian healthcare ecosystem is still in early stages of adoption of technology
and our healthcare spends as part of the GDP is still very low compared to the
developed countries. Keeping this in mind, mHealth solution providers need to
come out with a model where total cost of ownership of delivering mHealth
solutions are lower and does not strain existing healthcare spend. Lifestyle
and wellness application may be the exceptions here. For those applications
consumers will look for the benefits and value more than the cost.
healthcare system: Indian healthcare segment is completely fragmented and lacks
an integrated approach towards care. Due to this, information is not shared
across different stakeholders. This throws up a challenge in adopting mHealth
solutions as success of mHealth solutions beyond lifestyle and wellness
solutions depends on a connected healthcare infrastructure.
Q. Any specific compliance or regulatory requirements set
by the government of India in implementing such advances in healthcare?
India does not have any dedicated m-health laws and regulations but
there are many provisions under different Indian laws that must be adhered to
by providers of mHealth solutions/services. mHealth solutions need to comply
with existing legal compliances for privacy, data protection, data security,
cyber security, cloud computing compliances, and other relevant compliance.