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Swipe For Help

Whether you want a nurse, a doctor or a general care giver, use these apps on Android to get immediate help

Help On Call
I haven't yet written about an app that I haven't used, but here's an exception. Care24 only works in Mumbai so far, and although I can't have a go at it, I think it's execution is good enough to mention in the hope that others can use it. Care24 is an Android app that Mumbaikars can use if they're feeling poorly. It can get you nurses, physiotherapists and attendants at home. You can also use the website and call for help. The service is paid, of course, and what you pay will depend on the type of assistance anmd schedule you are looking at. If you have a baby who needs care, an elderly person around with ailments or anyone who needs careful monitoring and help, call for in-home care. The promise is of affordable and professional help and you can schedule it as well as pay straight from the app.

Discover Medical Services
and here's one for Bangalorians. At least that's what it looks like when you open up and browse around Medikoe, another Android app focused on healthcare.

While such apps are just the beginning and not as full featured as you'd like them to be, they're just the sort of thing that will one day in the not-too-distant future, connect to smart objects around you, getting you medical help intelligently when you need it.

Medikoe has a list of tiles, each representing a medical or fitness speciality. Tap into it and see a directory of providers. Another tab narrows the list down to providers near you. If you select a provider, you can swipe to call them on the phone and connect and book your appointment.

Health & Fitness Needs

practo is a more comprehensive app that's been around for a while now and is pretty well known. If you haven't tried it, download it on your Android phone and use it to access doctors, health specialists, fitness services, spas, diagnostic labs and even buy medicines at discounts.

Practo lists a huge number of providers whom you can call from the app to book appointments with.

The nice part is that you can search for care based on symptoms or problems as well. When you search for a doctor or clinic, you'll find lots of information such as address, map, timings and fees. Patients can even put in recommendations.

The app is free on Android.


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