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MeetUp on Building Apps Using Meteor.JS at Mantra Labs

On July 24, 2016, Mantra Labs organized a MeetUp at their Head-office in Bangalore. Mr. Atul Yadav was the lead speaker at the conference. He kicked off the MeetUp with the keynote Meteor and addressed why Meteor is becoming a mainstream framework? And why developers are going Meteor way. The MeetUp was attended by Web and Mobile development experts, who were eager to know why Meteor?

In his power point presentation he highlighted some of the major points that support developers for choosing Meteor.

He said, “Every developer is looking for a common framework that can be used for the web and mobile – to save time and effort. Meteor is one such framework that solves this problem for the developer community”. “At the same time, this also speeds up the development process for the client”, he added.

Why Meteor?

Meteor is the simplest possible app framework, yet fully-powered “gateway drug” into modern JavaScript development. Even if you don’t end up sticking with Meteor, your mind will be opened to new possibilities after spending some time with it.

Meteor has been built on concepts from other frameworks and libraries in a way that makes it easy to prototype applications. Even Angular and React are not as accessible to a wide range of developers as Meteor is, because of a steeper learning curve, and a bit more abstraction that requires more programming skills to use. Meteor on the other hand is easy to learn and quick to build with, as it is flexible and requires less code, which means less bugs and typically a higher quality and more stable end result.

This framework from JavaScript can help you to get a MVP built quickly, and the framework has the ambition to allow developers to scale their apps well beyond MVP-stage. It is establishing itself as a mainstream development technology on the same level as Rails or even vanilla Node.js.

The reasons why Meteor is hottest frameworks for development in today’s time. The 11 major point on Meteor were:

1. Real Time Web Development:
Meteor is a development framework that has got the distinctive feature of real time development.

2. Develop with a Single Language:
With Meteor, the development process is highly simplified with frontend, backend and database all rolled into one language – Javascript. Another benefit of this feature is that it works equally well for the client side as well as the server side.

3. Avail Smart Packages:
Meteor helps you to create users through and accounts system that is highly simplified. The system makes the process highly simplified. You can also use the smart package to do other things like: Writing CoffeeScript apps etc.

4. Large and Helpful Community:
Meteor has a large and helpful community for you to get on with the basics really fast. There is lots of proper documentation of the framework that makes it really useful.

5. Simplified For Developers:
Javascript is devoid of CSS, HTML and Javascript which makes the development process really simple in Meteor.

6. Easy To Learn:
There is enough community support and by just knowing a single development language, one can learn Meteor with ease.

7. Meteor Is The Framework Of The Future:
With features like real time development and ease of use for developers and users, Meteor is certainly the development framework of the future.

8. Meteor Is Easy To Set Up:
One can easily start creating projects in Meteor as soon as it is installed. This makes the process much simpler and faster.

9. Faster Development and Testing of Lean Products:
Start-ups are mostly looking to develop lean products which are quick to develop and can be test marketed equally quickly. Meteor provides suited solution for lean start-ups. They can create smaller product and test market it, in a short span of time.

10. Meteor for Native Mobile Apps:
A developer can build faster native mobile apps with Cordova integration using meteor.

11. Project Scalability:
Scalability is the prime concern of large projects run by enterprises. Meteor is a highly scalable framework and that is what makes it so highly preferred for large scale projects. In addition to that, meter is soon coming up with a hosting service which shall definitely be an add-on for businesses.

Mr Atul wrapped-up the MeetUp with these highlighted points. Over all the MeetUp was successful.
If any queries on Meteor MeetUp, feel free to approach us on hello@mantralabsglobal.com.

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What will ‘Behavioural Changes’ Mean for India’s Digital Health Future

We are in the middle of a global pandemic, facing a threat unlike one never seen before. COVID-19 has been a reason for global concern since it has negatively impacted economies, shut down workplaces, and forced cities into lockdowns.

But history also tells us  that times of uncertainty also foster innovation. The pandemic has forced consumers and businesses to rethink how they behave both physically and digitally. As per McKinsey, COVID-19 has speeded up the adoption of digital technologies.

India, which was on the cusp of a ‘digital health’ revolution, has now been forced to embrace innovation and emerging trends. The healthcare sector holds great promise since new-age technologies like telemedicine, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), genomics, etc. are transforming healthcare services.

There have been unprecedented changes in consumer behaviour as well. People are now increasingly relying on using the internet to find clinical information or engage with healthcare professionals digitally. Moreover, online consultations, telemedicine, and e-pharmacies have seen a rise in popularity.

Companies will thus need to capitalize on the changing patterns of consumption and health-seeking behaviour.

This article focuses on how changing patient behaviour will affect India’s digital health future.

A growing Indian healthcare market

According to a report by Future Health Index, India is a leader in the adoption of digital health technology. As per India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the Indian healthcare market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22% to reach a valuation of USD 372 billion by 2022. This growth can be attributed to the following –

  • Growing health awareness
  • Aging population
  • Lifestyle-related diseases
  • Rising income levels
  • Growth of internet availability

The rise of digital health start-ups is also playing a role in the growth of the healthcare sector. Indian health tech startup landscape has now matured.

Over the last few years, telemedicine has emerged as a fast-growing sector in India. Prominent start-ups like Practo, mfine, and Lybrate have established themselves in the telehealth market. McKinsey estimates that India could save up to USD10 billion by 2025 by using telemedicine instead of in-person doctor appointments.

COVID-induced behavioural changes

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about changes to patient behaviour. The fear of leaving homes to get treatment has led to the growth of virtual care and telemedicine. 

As per a report by Accenture, almost 70% of the patients canceled or postponed their treatments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology, therefore, played a crucial role in helping patients continue their care. Healthcare providers were even able to improve the experience for patients by delivering them faster response time, personalized interactions, and the convenience of getting consultation from home.

The same report by Accenture highlights some key behavioural changes that are being observed in patients – 

  • Nearly half of the patients now get their treatment at their homes instead of visiting a clinic.
  • Almost 60% of patients want to continue using technology for communicating with healthcare providers.
  • About 41% of patients now use video conferencing to connect with their healthcare providers. Of these, for almost 70% of patients, it’s their first-time using video conferencing for healthcare.
  • Almost 44% of patients used new apps or devices during the pandemic to manage their health conditions.

All this highlights the need for healthcare providers to reimagine their patient engagement strategies in keeping with the changing patient behavior.

Future of digital health in India

New digital technologies and tools are making an impact across the healthcare sector. They hold great promise in improving the efficiency of healthcare services while delivering better patient care. Below are some of the technological developments that are expected to revolutionize the way we seek healthcare.

Telemedicine

About 68% of India’s population lives in rural areas where healthcare services are not usually up to the mark. This barrier can be overcome by telemedicine that offers an excellent way for patients to consult a doctor in a much shorter duration. Telemedicine can cut waiting times and allow patients to avoid traveling to a clinic or hospital. Some other benefits of telemedicine include –

  • Immediate access to specialist healthcare providers.
  • Cost-effectiveness.
  • Improved quality of care.
  • Convenience to the patients.
  • Improved patient engagement.

Internet of medical things (IoMT)

The rapid growth of IoMT devices is rapidly changing healthcare delivery by playing an important role in tracking and preventing chronic illnesses.

It not only helps eliminate the need for in-person medical visits but also helps reduce costs. Goldman Sachs estimates IoMT to save USD 300 billion annually for the healthcare industry. IoMT will benefit those patients the most who are unable to get access to quality healthcare due to remote location.

Big data in healthcare

There has been dramatic growth in the amount of medical and health data in the last few years. These massive datasets can be used to draw insights and opportunities for healthcare organizations. Analysis of healthcare data can help discover warning signs and create preventive plans.

The widespread adoption of IoT devices also makes it easier to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, etc. This can help in the early detection of diseases like hypertension, asthma, heart problems, etc.

Electronic medical records

Electronic medical records or EMRs help collect, digitalize patients’ information, and store it in a single place. EMRs store various types of medical data like medical history, prescriptions, drug allergies, etc. and allow doctors to make accurate disease prognosis in a much shorter time. Some other benefits of EMRs include – 

  • Effective medical decisions.
  • Easy data recovery.
  • Improved collaboration.
  • Portability.
  • Security of medical data.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a big role to play in improving healthcare since growing digitization leads to the availability of a large amount of health data. AI has the potential to transform everyday health management in the following ways –

  • Improved accessibility of healthcare services (for example – the AI-based mobile app Ada is available across 140 countries and makes it possible for anyone to have access to medical guidance).
  • Improved efficiency.
  • Accurate disease diagnosis.
  • Improved insights to reveal early disease risks (for example – a popular app Verily can forecast noncontagious and hereditary genetic diseases).
  • Time and cost savings.

mHealth

Mobile health or mHealth refers to the monitoring and sharing of health data via mobile technology like health tracking apps or wearables. 

mHealth apps can prove to be beneficial in increasing patient engagement, providing health education, and offering remote consultations to patients. It can also use the data from wearable devices to improve the quality of care. Some other benefits of mHealth include – 

  • Faster access to physicians.
  • Improved medication adherence.
  • Remote patient monitoring.
  • Increased medication reconciliation accuracy.
  • Improved coordination between healthcare providers and patients.

Conclusion

It’s quite clear that COVID-19 has significantly impacted patient behaviour. There has been a growing preference for telehealth and mHealth apps. But all of this has also compelled healthcare organizations to put in more effort in adapting to these behavioural changes. Healthcare providers are opting to rely more on new technologies to continue delivering patient care. A more affordable standard of high-quality care is in the works for India’s digital health future.

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