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New app to help track diabetes in rural India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Researchers have developed an innovative app that could enable community workers track the growing burden of such as diabetes, especially in the rural areas.

Named "Smart Health", the app will be used by community workers called as ASHAs, who will be trained to screen and identify people suffering from or at high risk of the in the rural communities.

The ASHAs will then offer them lifestyle and diet advice, refer them to a doctor for drug treatment, and follow up on their adherence to treatment and control.

"Around 50 million people in have Type 2 and that number is growing every year. The app will help people living in rural areas to access timely, affordable and guideline-based in the community, reduce the risk of developing life-threatening complications and ultimately save lives," Vivekanand Jha, of The for Global Health, said in a statement.

"coupled with using the experience and knowledge of local workers. This is innovation at its best," he added.

An estimated 25 million people have in rural and the number is rising rapidly, the statement said.

The app will expand the role of community health workers with and help address the growing burden on chronic

It can also serve an example to other countries struggling with the rising cost of providing essential to their citizens, the researchers said.



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First Published: Wed, April 18 2018. 18:26 IST