Tech4Life Enterprises to speak on Innovations at the Infoway Partnership Conference

Tech4Life Enterprises is honored to be invited to present at the Infoway Partnership Conference: A Conversation about Digital Health. The conference has been organized by Canada Health Infoway on Nov 16-17, 2016 in Toronto ON. At this conference, international experts and digital health leaders will be sharing learning experiences, challenges and opportunities in transforming healthcare delivery in Canada.

Tech4Life is among the global innovators in the field of Digital Health. As a socially motivated firm, our flagship mobile & web based telemedicine platform MDConsults along with point of care devices like digital stethoscope is ensuring state-of-the-art remote consultations by leveraging technology and making impacts in deserving regions like Africa.

This conference is an annual event designed to create a forum for knowledge exchange, debate and discussion. This year’s conference takes place during Digital Health Week and will focus on three areas: medication management, interoperability and consumer health solutions.

Dr. Shariq Khoja, CEO of Tech4Life Enterprises, will present how simple and cost-effective innovations can make a large impact on the health of the population. Dr. Khoja will share our team’s experience in innovating and implementing Digital Health solutions.

Haltech Hi5 Startup Source

Tech4Life Enterprises continues to get recognized as a high potential startup in the field of telemedicine. Tech4Life is proud to be nominated as one of the five finalists to present at the Hi5 Startup Source event organized by Haltech. At this event, the investment community will be receiving pitches from five carefully selected, high potential, revenue-generating startups.

We are excited to share our vision of being a socially motivated firm, rigorously researching and innovating healthcare products. Our telemedicine ecosystem comprising of web & mobile based telemedicine application, coupled with cost-effective point of care devices is bringing significant impact in the healthcare of most underserved parts of the world. We are thankful to our global partners, clients and trusted advisors for all the support and we wish to have them by our side as we strive to improve access to healthcare.

National policies needed to scale telemedicine

Telemedicine has emerged as a critical enabler for Universal Health care. Benefiting from ubiquitous access to mobile and internet connectivity, and availability of cost effective and simple to use smartphones and computers, telehealth can change the current scenario of care and allow for improved access and improved health outcomes. Despite being one of the most promising technologies for improving patient outcomes and lowering costs, Telemedicine is yet to acquire serious attention at national level in most countries.

 

Telemedicine has great potential to increase access to and quality of healthcare in rural communities. It allows rural patients to see specialists without leaving their communities, permits local providers to take advantage of distant expertise, and improves timeliness of care. Taking example from countries like Pakistan where large population lives in rural areas, telemedicine needs serious attention. According to  the Pakistan demographics profile 2014, there are 0.81% Physicians per 1,000 population, 0.6% beds per 1,000 population while the total expenditures on health from GDP is 2.5% (http://www.indexmundi.com/pakistan/demographics_profile.html. Although several projects have shown value of telemedicine for limited time and scope, none of them have advanced to scale because of the lack of buy-in from the governments. There is a need for clear policies enabling use of telemedicine at the federal and provincial levels to make telemedicine access a reality for all those who are in need.

 

With a growing physician shortage, rising health care costs, and a need for increased, measurable quality, Government (National and provincial) have a responsibility to make changes in how we deliver care for which they should implement telemedicine in Pakistan for more efficient health systems and better health outcomes.

Depression and Your Body – It’s Physical, Too

 

If you visit your primary care physician’s office due to sore muscles, a disrupted sleep schedule, migraines or digestive issues, you might not expect a diagnosis of depression. But there’s a chance you’ll get one, even if you’re not necessarily aware of “feeling” sad.

Major depressing disorder is a condition that’s characterized first and leading by a persistent low mood and lack of interest in life. But many people don’t know the disorder has a number of other symptoms, and they’re not just psychological.

In fact, “most of the signs are physical,” says Michael Gitlin, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California–Los Angeles School of Medicine, and they range from changes in sleep, appetite and energy to widespread body pain, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. “They’re so common that they’re really inherently part of the definition of how we diagnose depression,” he says.

But too often during the diagnostic process, psychological symptoms take a backseat to physical ones – making patients and doctors alike unaware that the problem is depression in the first place. Screening individuals for not just physical – but emotional – symptoms, doctors say, is important for effective treatment.

Not One Symptom, Nor One Explanation

Doctors can’t explain why, exactly, depression is tied to myriad physical maladies. But along with a low mood and loss of enjoyment in life, patients with depression often notice that something’s “off.” For example, points out Jordan Karp, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, someone’s lower back or abdomen might hurt. He or she might have a headache or experience constipation, diarrhea and other irritable bowel-type symptoms. Or that person will have numbness or tingling in their limbs. He or she will try to discover the source of the discomfort by looking for a physical cause, such as a thyroid issue or low blood count. This person doesn’t realize, however, that the organ of interest is actually their brain.

While there’s no one scientific explanation for this range of physical symptoms, Karp says, “We know depression lowers the pain threshold. There’s both a shared psychology as well as a shared biology in the brain. Regions that modulate or regulate mood also regulate pain. If they are out of whack because of depression, people may be more likely to experience sensations as painful, or pain as more intense.” He also points out that depression causes changes in the autonomic system, which might lead to gastrointestinal problems.

Still, Gitlin says, not all physical symptoms of depression – tiredness, a lack of concentration or bowel issues – have a definite medical explanation. “The exact biology of why people with depression have pain that feels worse, why they get constipated, why they have low energy – one day we’ll know the answer to that, but today is not that day,” he says.

An Incomplete Evaluation 

When patients experience depression’s physical side effects, doctors say, their first instinct is to head to their primary care physician’s office to pinpoint what’s wrong. Once there, they’ll answer a series of screening questions and might undergo lab tests. They’re searching for an easily identifiable physical answer. Often, they won’t consider mentioning they feel depressed, and the busy doctor – whose focus isn’t mental health – won’t suggest an evaluation.

“It is very normal for [doctors] to screen patients for diabetes, and to screen you for hypertension and blood pressure. It’s not very common to screen patients for depression,” says Madhukar Trivedi, a psychiatrist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “So unless you ask patients to provide the nine or 10 symptoms that make up the diagnosis for clinical depression, often patients forget to tell the primary care physician [about non-physical symptoms].”

Even if physicians do ask patients if they’re depressed, they don’t always receive a clear answer – and for a variety of reasons, Trivedi and Karp say. Sometimes an individual will focus on his or her bloated belly and fail to mention an accompanying bad mood because he or she fears the stigma of mental illness. Other times, patients aren’t educated about the traits of depression and have no idea what they’re experiencing. And occasionally they think its “normal” to feel sad, so they don’t mention that their frequent migraines also come with a side of the blues. Plus, there’s always the chance they simply lack the vocabulary to explain what’s wrong.

“Some patients are just not as psychologically minded, and maybe have some difficulty with [turning] the emotions they’re experiencing into words,” Karp says. “So they might feel crappy, but it’s easier to say that their back hurts, they feel tired and worn out and that they’re grumpy.”

These various factors, physicians say, make an already difficult-to-diagnose condition harder for both patients and doctors to identify. And they’re likely common among patients, as indicated by a noted World Health Organization survey conducted in the early 1990s. Researchers analyzed data from more than 25,000 people living in 14 countries who had recently visited their primary care physicians, and found that 69 percent of those who met the diagnostic criteria for depression only told their doctors about their physical symptoms. And 11 percent denied experiencing psychological symptoms when the doctor asked about them.

 

Recognizing – and Treating – Depression

So does a recurring headache coupled with a feeling of malaise mean you’re clinically depressed? Doctors say it isn’t always so clear-cut. Depression is a complex disease, and it presents in different ways and combinations. There’s no “normal” way that a patient experiences it, nor will it look the same in everyone else.

Therefore, primary care physicians should keep an eye out for whether patients have problems such as pain, irritable bowel syndrome and poor sleep habits – and then screen them for emotional symptoms just to be safe.

Perhaps most important, is educating patients about depression – in all of its physical and emotional forms. “Simply having people who don’t feel good in some unclear and generic way to think’’, supposed by experts.

Thus the study confirms that a supporting program must be required in this field to assist facilitators in order to get them familiar with mental health issues specifically depression cases. In expert’s opinion – a program must comprise a range of learning techniques to enhance their mental health knowledge and may offer an effective solution to overcome related challenges.

 

MHEALTH: YOUR HEALTHCARE SOLUTION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

We are surrounded by technology throughout our everyday lives, and have become increasingly dependent upon it.  The shift in technology from being largely desktop dependent to focused on mobile phones, has led to the increase in popularity of digital solutions. Examples of this are seen in the surge of online shopping, banking, travel, etc. Through these and many more applications, technology has enabled us to do day-to-day tasks more conveniently, while saving both money and time. These changing trends have also brought a whole new dimension to the healthcare system.

mHealth (mobile health), is a term used to specify telemedicine and healthcare facilities which are supported by mobile devices. It aims to provide healthcare in a way that is both easily accessible and transportable. The prevalence of mHealth has seen a large rise in the recent years, since the exponential growth of fields including telemedicine and eHealth, and of mobile and smart phone use.

Due to these changes, many m-health applications that will help reach the masses more efficiently and effectively, are being designed. The applications have the unique quality of being designed according to the patient’s needs. They play a major role in helping bridge the gap between the patient and healthcare facilities in urban areas when facilities near them are sub-par.

MDConsults is a web and mobile based platform that has been designed while keeping the need of eHealth and mHealth in developing countries in mind. It aims to reach communities in remote areas through hassle-free wireless healthcare with its mobile application, which brings cost effective healthcare solutions to your fingertips anywhere, anytime. The software avails GSM signals to send data entered by primary healthcare workers to professional physicians or specialists. MDConsults is completely HIPAA compliant, and hence highly sensitive and secure.

Further, MDConsults also has a personal care application, MyMDConsults. This serves as a healthcare solution for your daily lifestyle, and enables you to stay healthy and keep up with your health status.

MDConsults is now the fastest growing telemedicine solution of its kind. Such innovations and applications will create a great impact on the healthcare industry as they continue to provide easy and affordable access to all.

Tech4Life Enterprises receives overwhelming response at MedEdge Summit 2016

With the aim to provide access to healthcare for all, Tech4Life displayed its game changing technologies at the MedEdge summit and received remarkable response from the visitors. Our flagship product ‘MDConsults’ and the next generation ‘digital stethoscope’ were highly appreciated by the healthcare practitioners and decision makers. These solutions enhance telemedicine experience and improve diagnosis and care in remote locations.

For more detailed information, visit www.tech4lifeenterprises.com or contact info@tech4lifeenterprises.com

Telemedicine bridging the gap between patient and health system

Recent rapid technological evolution has caused drastic changes in various industries, resulting in better services and improved outcomes for the consumers.  Similarly, medicine has also embraced such growth and continues to provide quality health care solutions to people through Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The field has produced groundbreaking discoveries in trying to bridge the gap between the patient and health system.

Telemedicine provides an alternate solution for physical visits to a doctor or hospital. This helps save both time and money, as doctors, physicians, sub specialists, and specialists can all be reached through one domain. This is done through different web or mobile application based software which connect doctors and patients at a distance.

In especially rural areas where the community health providers or nurses are the first response to patients, This connection comprises of a physician at one end, and a community health provider at the other. Using telemedicine allows the patient or health worker to communicate their problem, and receive specialized diagnosis in the most efficient way. Instant video and high definition images can be easily shared through certain platforms that help the physician consult and prescribe proper treatment. Telemedicine may also be used by doctors to supervise medical procedures.

These advancements can also be used to improve distance learning in the healthcare field, where proper education and training can be provided to the Health Care Providers to improve their knowledge and performance.

Organizations around the world are venturing into the field of telemedicine, and Tech4Life is one of the leading companies to do so. It’s easy to use web-based and mobile application software, MDConsults, is now being used in 20 countries around the world, and continues to make significant contributions in remote healthcare. The MDConsults mobile application was initiated to make wireless healthcare easily accessible in remote areas through GSM signals which are flexible and convenient to use.

Typically, a well-functioning, quality telemedicine software requires high bandwidth internet and robust technologies to help in proper diagnosis, and are hence often found to perform poorly in remote or rural areas. MDConsults on the other hand, was developed with the goal of overcoming this limitation. Its web-based nature allows it to perform even in low bandwidth locations. Further, the software is completely HIPPA compliant, and ensures patient confidentiality in all its set procedures.

Tech4Life Enterprises has also developed a personal lifestyle solution application, MyMDConsults , for the general public. It allows individuals to record and manage their own daily health, and improve their quality of life in an extremely easy to use way.

Overall, MDConsults is a significant addition to the telemedicine field. It aims to provide quality healthcare facilities at a low cost and with unwavering confidentiality, to ultimately increase patient access in remote parts of the world.

Friends Hospital Islamabad and Tech4Life implement Telemedicine for better access to healthcare

Tech4Life Enterprises is proud to announce yet another implementation of its fastest growing telemedicine solution ‘MDConsults’ in Pakistan. We have recently deployed our integrated telemedicine platform ‘MDConsults’ at Friends Hospital, Islamabad Pakistan.

Friends Hospital is constructed with the idea to provide very low cost but high quality treatment and diagnostic facility to poor and needy patients. Friends Hospital is now expanding its services through deploying MDConsults along with the next generation point of care devices. This initiative will enhance access to healthcare for their distant communities, and improve quality of services. Tech4Life and Friends Hospital have also agreed upon further expanding it to their other health facilities to broaden their network and reach the masses. For more detailed information, contact info@tech4lifeenterprises.com or visit www.tech4lifeenterprises.com

Explore the world’s fastest growing mobile telemedicine application ‘MDConsults’ and plug-n-play digital stethoscope ‘eSteth’ at the MedEdge Summit in Toronto.

MedEdge is a catalyst for advancing life science ideas, connections and innovation into commercial success in York Region and the Greater Toronto Area’s life sciences sector. This year’s theme “Exponential Health – Transforming Health Care” focuses on exponential health and seamless integration through exponential technologies and advancements.

 

Tech4life Enterprises would be a part of the summit to showcase its new health technologies and innovations and how they could impact the future. Avail the opportunity to have hands on experience of the world’s fastest growing telemedicine solution ‘MDConsults’ along with the next generation digital stethoscope ‘eSteth’ at our exhibit.

 

For more detailed information, visit www.tech4lifeeenterprises.com or contact us at info@tech4lifeenterprises.com

Expanding MDConsults and eSteth to US Clients: A successful exhibition at the American Telemedicine Association meeting in Minneapolis

Telemedicine is changing the way healthcare is delivered around the world. Growing demand for Telemedicine use in Unites States offers new opportunities for high quality online consultations to rural health providers and home care patients. American Telemedicine Association is leading the growth of Telemedicine in North America.

For over 20 years, the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Annual Conference & Trade Show has been the premier forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth space. Tech4Life Enterprises participated at this year’s meeting on May 14-17, 2016, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Tech4Life showcased its integrated telemedicine ecosystem ‘MDConsults’, world’s fastest growing mobile telemedicine solution, along with the next generation plug n play digital stethoscope ‘eSteth’

For more detailed information about the organization and products, visit www.tech4lifeenterprises.com