Healthy app ‘Healthizen’ launched to create a healthy society
Cleanliness and health goes hand in hand. This seems to be on the top most priority for Karnataka State Health and Family Welfare Department. Working towards this effect, the Department has just launched a mobile application called ‘Healthizen’. The app, which is the first of its kind in South Asia is running on pilot basis in Bangalore and across Karnataka. According to Mr. UT Khadar, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka once successful, the app will be replicated across the country and the State is ready to provide the app as well as the server free of cost to other States.
The app is designed and developed by a team of information technology students ( Anindita Ravikumar, Kalyanasundaram S, Kartik Sreenivasan, Arka Rai Chaudhary and Siddhartha R Thota from National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal. The idea was mooted up among the students during one of their casual conversation which after taking a proper shape, the students had pitched it to the State Health Department. The project has been fully fully funded by the Karnataka State Health and Family Welfare Department. Meanwhile, the app underwent several testing procedure which was conducted by the State government before it was given a final nod.
Using this app any citizen can can take a picture about any health hazard around their surrounding and send it along with few details about the picture. If the doctor is not available at any of the government hospital or primary health centre or for instance the medical equipments are not working at the hospital and the hospital premises is filled with filth, one can just take a picture and send it using the Healthizen. The details as well as the picture sent from the app is stored in the Healthizen servers and will be tracked. The server of the app is monitored and regulated by Karnataka State Health System Resource Centre (KSHSRC) which is a unit of the Karnataka State Health and Family Welfare Department.
The app, which is available for download on android play store was launched by the Union Health Minster Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister during his visit to Bangalore recently. The Minister also seemed to be highly impressed by the app and welcomed it for a nation -wide launch. The app thus provides a direct channel for citizen to participate and bring the issue in front of the policy makers and government and make the city healthy and clean without requiring much effort.
How the app works?
- Once downloaded in your android phone, using the Healthizen app, click a picture of the issue to be reported.
- Enter few details about the issue.
- Hit sent.
- Users can then track the status of their report at healthizen.org.