Physicians the world over are increasingly using smartphone-compatible medical devices to gather crucial health data in an efficient way. These smartphone devices allow patient data to be automatically recorded, stored and transmitted securely. "India is ready for smartphone-assisted health aid. Lots of such apps are already being used here. It will help the needy keep track of their health on a daily basis”, said Dr Rommel Tickoo, senior consultant (internal medicine) from Max Healthcare in the capital.

According to Dr Ashish Bachhav, head of department (cornea refractive) at Vision Sankara Eye hospital in Mumbai, although traditional methods are still the gold standard in diagnosis and treatment, "smartphones-based apps can not only assist in finding nearest health care expert but also store the patients' record in a better way".

"India is ready for smartphone-assisted health aid in the field of neurosurgery and neurological disorders. It has a huge potential to transform neurohealthcare, especially for the rural and semi-urban population of our country," Dr Mohinish Bhatjiwale, director (neurosurgery minimally invasive brain and spine) at Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital in Mumbai said.

According to a recent research published in American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics, authors Michael A Batista and Shiv M Gaglani emphasise that by providing health information and instructions in a user-friendly interface, smartphone-synced devices empower patients to take an active role in their own health.