Abbott has launched a new digital health service in India as a part of its global a:care program.
The a:care platform from Abbott’s pharmaceuticals business provides doctors and consumers with services and information to manage health issues.
The digital service aims to bridge the communication gap between patients and doctors across multiple therapy areas. The platform supports people with a broad range of healthcare needs, from prevention to awareness, adherence to treatment and motivation.
Using the platform, a doctor can get access to the latest science, medical education and patient support services, and consumers can access educational health information or participate in a motivational point-based programme to help them adhere to treatments prescribed by their doctor.
The a:care programme is also to help alleviate some of the pressure on growing healthcare systems around the world, according to Abbott.
In many emerging markets, the number of doctors per 1,000 people is often well below the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average of 2.8. This means that doctors’ overburdened work schedules can serve as a barrier to providing the best care.
The online portal is designed to allow consumers grant their doctor access to the health information they input online, privately and securely, while doctors can see patients’ medical adherence reports.\
The digital platform currently includes three specialty areas, namely diabetes, thyroid and osteoarthritis.
In the first phase, a:care will address the needs of doctors and patients, while pharmacists will be included at a later stage.
India is the first country in which Abbott launched its digital platform. It can also be found online at www.acare.co.in or as a web app downloaded from the Android Play Store.