The Kerala government is ready to launch an Android app – ‘Shaili App’ – aimed at diagnosing and controlling lifestyle diseases among people in the southern State.
The app would help to provide an accurate picture of such ailments both locally and at the State-level, and enable the government to control such diseases and formulate appropriate health plans.
The app has been set up as part of the population-based screening project launched by the Health Department under the Nava Kerala Karma plan.
As part of the health-screening project, ASHA workers have been tasked with collecting information from persons over the age of 30 in their respective areas about any lifestyle diseases or risk factors they may have.
The app, set up under the e-Health initiative, would help to collect and codify the information quickly. The app would primarily collect information about diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung diseases as well as other lifestyle-related ailments and cancers.
Besides that, it would collect information about the lifestyles of an individual that lead to these diseases, the release said. Based on the information collected, the health status of the individuals would be scored and those with a score of above four would be asked to visit the nearest health centre for a check-up for lifestyle diseases.
The ASHA workers would be incentivised to visit the households in their respective areas and information collected by them would be immediately made available to health workers.