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Telemedicine – A Virtual Clinical Platform!

Written by Mary Pooja

Months back when one feels unwell, an instantaneous step is taken by the patients in procuring treatment from the medical experts and now because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the crucial measures of social distancing and self-quarantined had nearly made impossible to require effective measures for the patient’s treatment. This is when we look for an alternative option that could provide us with a solution by just staying home.

Experts say that Telemedicine might be the solution that India is trying to find within the wake of the worldwide pandemic because it prevents emergency rooms from being overcrowded, limits exposure among healthcare workers to infected individuals and cuts down on the use of masks, gowns, and gloves for workers by keeping patients at their living place.

So, what’s telemedicine?

Telemedicine allows health care professionals to gauge, diagnose and treat patients in remote locations using telecommunications technology which is also known as Telehealth or e-health. Telemedicine gives access to medical expertise quickly, efficiently and without travel by helping patients to access their own places. It provides more efficient use of limited expert resources who can “see” patients in multiple locations wherever they’re needed without leaving their facility.

In both rural and urban telemedicine offers a reduced cost solution to delivering remote care when and where it’s needed without the building and staffing added facilities. Telemedicine helps clinicians to experience in small medical facilities in distant locations which reduces isolation. Telemedicine further allows them to participate in grand rounds and education opportunities they might not normally have access to without travel and time faraway from their patients.

Covid-19 Pandemic- How telehealth can help?

• Will prevent emergency rooms from being over-crowded

• Will limit exposure among healthcare workers to infected individuals.

• Will cut down the use of masks gowns and gloves for workers by keeping patients at home.

India had formally recognized the practice of telemedicine very recently the rules which is prepared by the Medical Council of India (MCI) board of governors and government think factory NITI Aayog had legitimised the practice of remote consultations through telemedicine and providing doctors with practical guidance on the method of remote consultations. This might pave the way for widespread adoption of telemedicine not only during this crisis but also to the near future.

India features a shortage of healthcare providers, and if they themselves required to be quarantined, it could lead on to a disastrous situation. A Serious part of managing coronavirus is keeping sick people out of hospitals. Telemedicine may be a relief valve for our strained healthcare system. About 5% to 10 % of the population would require some kind of healthcare services at any given time. Enforced mass quarantine will make it very difficult for those with non-COVID-19 health issues to visit hospitals.

Types of Telemedicine:

1. Video Chat

2. Voice Chat

3. Text Messages

Tele-evaluation and consults enable even quarantined healthcare providers to  from their own homes, significantly increasing their safety and bolstering the workforce to reply to a crisis of this magnitude. When patients are diagnosed in their own homes, doctors and healthcare systems are going to be ready to triage and screen more patients than in face-to-face encounters.


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Mary Pooja