Upwardly mobile: 56 % youngsters get health advice on their phones
Aug 27, 2012, 05:27 AM IST
Indore:Techno-savvy young generation of the state is leading the pack of cell phone subscribers, who are using expert medical advice on their mobile phones. A private telecom operator from had launched mHealth service in the state in November last year. Three years ago also another private operator had started a similar service but had discontinued shortly.
Around 56% belong to the age group of 16-35 years, while beyond 70 years only 15% use this mHealth service in the state, says the figures. Explaining the popularity of the service among youngsters, Airtel corporate communication head told DNA that young subscribers are more open to novel ideas like mHealth, as compared to their aged counterparts.
He added that types of ailments are less serious than persons who are beyond 70 years of age group. Among top states where maximum users are utilising mHealth services, Madhya Pradesh stands at sixth place.
Punjab (25%) followed by Delhi (20.5%), Uttar Pradesh (19.5%), Rajasthan (17.8%), Bihar (8.4%) .The latest figures also revealed that of the total users of this service, around 93.6% are males.
Talking about common diseases regarding which the subscribers seek help from mHealth, are abdominal pain/ discomfort, upper respiratory tract infections/ cold, headache, skin lesions/ irritation, cough, fever, back pain, sore throat/ hoarseness, knee pain (non-injury) etc. Such common diseases contribute to around 65% of the total calls.