Smartphone apps have come a long way from just being ways of passing the time or entertaining ourselves. Many of us use apps to keep in touch with friends, family and people all over the world and apps can help us get from A to B, make life easier and generally just offer us more convenience. In emerging markets, such as India, the first time a lot of people get online is through their smartphones, so a smartphone app to those users can be a very big deal, indeed. While many of us here in the West are used to the functionality that a lot of these apps have to offer as we used to do these things through the web or whatever, some aren't so familiar with this sort of functionality. A new app, created by Rajeev Rathi aims to help educate and warn those that might be prone to heart attacks.
Rathi is a cardiologist at Max Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, and his app is called "The Heart App". Fairly simple in its approach, the Heart App offers users – both English-speaking and Hindi-speaking – the ability to go through a number of different questions to asses their risk levels and let them know whether or not they might have had – or be having – a heart attack. The app is designed to educate more than anything, and features lots of good material that's concise and easily-understood regarding the symptoms and treatment for heart problems. Rathi said that he has "seen innumerable cases where the patient has ignored [their] symptoms for days and by the time [they] reach hospital, the damage is too substantial and irreversible".
For an emerging market like India, apps like these will no doubt be the first time that users have been able to learn about their health on their own. Here in North America, we're familiar with numerous online portals and have a wealth of information at our disposal, but further East things are a little different. Hopefully, the Heart App is the first of many apps that can help people realize their conditions, and make sure that they take the necessary steps to recover.