IBD NutriCare App: ICMR releases an app for inflammatory bowel patients

On the occasion of World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day, Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, released the 'IBD NutriCare App' for inflammatory bowel disease patients on Thursday.
This telenutrition digital health platform (IBD NutriCare) has the potential to improve patient care in IBD. According to the ICMR, an Android and iOS-based digital health platform in the form of a smartphone application was created and verified for real-time nutritional tracking and data recording on a broad scale for patients with IBD.

It will allow patients to respond to a database based on their demographics, medications, daily dietary consumption, clinical symptoms, and illness course, as well as a recording of diet factors based on approximately 650 Indian food recipes.

The ICMR's Centre for Advanced Research & Excellence (CARE) in Intestinal Diseases is leading a groundbreaking programme to revolutionise India's intestinal illness research and clinical practises, with Dr Vineet Ahuja, Professor in Gastroenterology, AIIMS, New Delhi, as principal investigator.

In 2019, the ICMR commissioned a multidisciplinary CARE in intestinal disorders project to establish a culturally, educationally, and linguistically suitable digital health platform with a team of researchers from several sectors including gastroenterologists, dieticians, and app developers. The IBD NutriCare App is available in eight Indian languages: Hindi, English, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bengali.

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