Say hello to a smarter way of managing your medical history with, eKincare!5 years ago Arpita Soma
Everyone has health records; records from a recent lab test, notes from a doctor visit or maybe an old prescription. Doctors need to know what you are allergic to , history from lab results and your current medication before taking a decision. In order to identify the disease correctly and provide better treatment they need more data which results in multiple tests and multiple records scattered everywhere. And when the time comes for us to locate a particular record/prescription we run all over the place trying to locate it, unless, you are a person who would very methodically arrange them into multiple files with proper labels ( In my case, they are rarely available when I need them the most). And imagine the agony one has to go through when one has to narrate the entire medical history and medication information repeatedly while visiting multiple practitioners?
A more important point to ponder about when it comes to healthcare is why is it that in the age of evernote, google analytics and cloud storage we store our most critical information in the form of paper? Why not harness this data to detect chronic diseases early and define a healthier future.
What if doctors had a cheat sheet of your medical history and a graph of all your lab results to detect chronic disease early when the chances of treatment are much brighter? All this and more can be achieved using personal electronic health records (EHR).
Electronic records are nothing new. They have been around for more than ten years now but have failed miserably owing to a lot of factors. Most of them failed because they almost alienated the patients by not involving them. Most importantly, they failed to empower the patient in taking educated and informed decisions about their health. There are several startups in the healthcare space managing appointments and logistics, providing attractive deals and discounts on lab tests and diagnostic services, but, none seem to address the problem of making it easier for the consumer to track and monitor his health in an organised and informed manner. In fact, it makes more sense to make the consumer an active partner and involve him in healthcare and decisions as research shows that patients respond better to treatment when they are actively involved in the process.
A comprehensive solution, (which is the need of the hour) not only allows people to store all their records online, but one that helps them progressively track several biomarkers, while helping them make the most out of a doctor’s visit. eKincare’s dashboard enables people to assess, track and monitor their health by not just consolidating and storing medical records in one place, but also by providing cashless transactions and handling complete logistics and support. All you have to do is walk in to their nearest partner medical centre and get the test done. The rest is handled by eKincare. Their dashboard allows you to include information about allergies, previous medical conditions and prescriptions, family medical history which makes it easier while visiting multiple doctors for different ailments. When all the data is digitised, it is all the more convenient to share it with kin who are the first to respond in case of emergencies and take timely decisions.
eKincare was started out of the founder, Kiran’s, personal experience and need to constantly stay in touch with his parents health. Though he was making it easy for the NRIs using his services to manage appointments for their parent’s and check their medical reports, they had no clue about what happened during their parent’s visit to a doctor , prescriptions or dosage information or how their health was progressing .Once he started solving the problem for NRI parents, he noticed there were huge gaps in the local markets itself. He quotes an instant, where one of his neighbours was hospitalised with severe stomach pain and was diagnosed with stomach flu, treated and sent home. Only during a relapse of the sickness did the doctors investigate more and found it was more than just a flu and that the patient had a medical history of the condition. Had there been some sort of medical history available the diagnosis would have been better and so the chances of survival. That was when eKincare decided to start from the version one by building a platform which can enable EVERYONE to monitor their health effortlessly.
The dashboard allows you to save or print your medical summary and show it to the doctor while visiting. People who constantly use health monitoring devices at home to check blood sugar and blood pressure levels can immediately upload it online which can aid in better health management between doctor visits. One doesn’t have to dig through a pile of information to find out abnormalities as the results are colour coded (red, orange and green) according to the severity of the markers.
One of the primary concerns about e-medical records is privacy and security. Hyderabad based Start-Up eKincare ensures smarter way of managing your medical history with utmost privacy and security is provided to the patient.
Having e-medical records is more or less like health/car insurance. You cannot predict an emergency but can only be prepared to handle it and being informed better when the time arises is the best solution. Tracking and monitoring one’s key health metrics and timely checks can go a long way achieving personal health goals.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live!”
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