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ICMR launches app for inflammatory bowel disease

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS): Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Dr. Balram Bhargava on Thursday released the “IBD NutriCare” app for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases on the occasion of World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day. ‘intestine.

This digital health platform (IBD NutriCare) for telenutrition offers a potential tool to improve the management of patients with IBD. This Android and iOS-based digital health platform in the form of a smartphone application is developed and validated for real-time tracking of dietary details and large-scale data recording for patients with IBD, said the ICMR.

It will provide personalized patient response to a database of their demographics, medications, daily food intake, clinical symptoms and disease course, and provide a record of diet variables based on nearly 650 recipes. of Indian cuisine.

This telenutrition tool is a pioneering initiative undertaken by ICMR Center for Advanced Research and Excellence (CARE) in Bowel Diseases with Dr. Vineet Ahuja, Professor of Gastroenterology, AIIMS, New Delhi as Principal Investigator for transforming bowel disease research and clinical practice in India.

The ICMR had commissioned, in 2019, a multidisciplinary CARE project in intestinal diseases with a team of researchers from various fields, including gastroenterologists, dieticians and application developers, to develop a culturally , educationally and linguistically relevant. IBD NutriCare app is available in eight Indian languages ​​such as Hindi, English, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Bengali covering major geographical regions of India.

According to the Intestinal Disease Burden research paper published in 2017, the estimated disease burden in 2010 for India was 1.4 million patients with IBD compared to 1.6 million in the United States, which is the highest raised in the world. Data shows that the burden of IBD has been on an upward trajectory in recent years with disease rates paralleling those in the West.

IBD is characterized by chronic noninfectious inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and primarily includes Crohn’s disease which can affect any segment of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, ulcerative colitis which is limited to colonic mucosa and indeterminate colitis.

This smart phone app provides real-time data that alerts the nutritionist or dietician to compliance issues, erroneous entries and incorrect information, facilitating timely dietary interventions and formulating treatment plans. individualized regimen.