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MP: App to help monitor asymptomatic COVID-19 patients at home

MP: App to help monitor asymptomatic COVID-19 patients at home
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Indore, May 7 (PTI) In a bid to keep an eye on

asymptomatic coronavirus patients, the city civic body has

improvised its already existing mobile app ''Indore 311'' and

added some new features to it which will also facilitate

treatment of such patients at their homes, an official said.

An eight-member team of the Indian Medical

Association (IMA) engaged in the fight against COVID-19 here

is helping the city administration in fine-tuning the app, and

the new features have been added on its suggestions.

Indore, which is one the worst hit by COVID-19 in the

country, has so far reported a total of 1,681 cases of the

disease and 81 deaths, as per official figures.

"The app is already being used by lakhs of people in

Indore since quite some time, but the new features added to it

will be available only to the asymptomatic COVID-19 patients

who have been advised by the health department to get

treatment while remaining home isolation," IMA team member Dr

Subodh Chaturvedi told PTI.

Such patients are being provided a pulse oximeter

which would help in monitoring their oxygen level and pulse

rate at home, he said.

Based on a pre-loaded questionnaire on the app, the

patient or his caregiver will have to daily upload

information, like if he has fever over 101 degree Fahrenheit

and breathing problems. The patient will also have to answer

certain other questions based on common symptoms of COVID-19,"

Chaturvedi said.

Doctors deputed at the IMA control room while

constantly monitor the information provided by the patient and

provide consultation accordingly. If required, the rapid

response teams will shift the patient to hospital, he said.

A patient or his caregiver can also press the red

button available on the app to seek medical help in case of an

emergency, he said.

"If a patient does not follow the medical advice and

steps out 100 metres away from his house, an alarm would ring

at the IMA control room and the patient would be tracked

through GPS and sent back home," the official said.

Indore''s chief medical and health officer Praveen

Jadia said as per the government''s new guidelines, the

asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are being advised to stay in

home isolation.

A caregiver is also being deputed for such patient to

get medicines for them. The caregiver would also monitor the

health of a patient regularly and inform the health department

about his condition. Based on the information, authorities

would decided whether the patient needs to be hospitalised, he

said. PTI HWP LAL MAS

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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