Mobile Apps will change the healthcare system & improve patient care-Adil Haider

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 Key note presentation by Dr. Adil Haider at Pharma Summit 2019
Mobile Apps will change the healthcare
system & improve patient care-Adil Haider
AKU has set up Clinical Trials Unit which has capacity
to undertake bioequivalence studies

KARACHI: Dr. Adil Haider Dean Medical College at Aga Khan University Karachi was one of the invited guest speakers at the recently held Fourth Pakistan Pharma Summit 2019 organized by Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) held on April 24, 2019. In his presentation he highlighted the importance of Mobile Health as well as Mobile Apps which he felt will change the healthcare system while Mobile Apps will also improve patient care.

Dr.Adil Haider then shared the Doctella’s Story and talked about PehlaQadam- the Clubfoot Treatment Clinics. This initiative, he stated, was inspired by the sufferings of a twelve years old girl. With the passage of time, Doctella transforms complex clinical pathways into operationally efficient care programmes. It has helped patients view their own data using consumer wearables. The Mobile App developed helps patient manage their journey. Such Apps can help pharmaceutical industry improve outcome by using Dashboard that monitors patient activity. Mobile Apps will change the healthcare and Electronic Health Records will further enable big data research in Pakistan. We have established a Clinical Trials unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital and there are many opportunities for doing clinical trials in Pakistan. This Clinical Trial Unit has also acquired capacity to undertake bioequivalence studies, he added.

Continuing Dr. Adil Haider said that he was the luckiest AKU Graduate who joined medical college in 1993, graduated in 1998. There are two special things about AKU education that almost 20% of its curriculum is based on Community Health Sciences. It coves Pluralism, Equity and Service. Since I wanted to take care for patients with fewer means, hence I planned t go and work in Africa. I was working as Trauma Surgeon at John Hopkins. I was told that you do not have to go to Africa to care for the poor as you can do that here in Baltimore as well. I came to know about unequal treatment, confronting racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare in United States. There is disparity among minorities in access to health services, preventive care as well as treatment. There were issues of surgical disparity, provider factor was there and there were issues of critical care and quality. I started thinking do we treat patients differently based on race? Almost 70% of doctors in USA prefer white patients. Community disparity results in poor outcome. Like general population, doctors may possess unconscious biases or preferences and all this may lead us to unknowingly treat patients differently, he remarked.

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