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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 190

Telemedicine in India: A tool for transforming health care in the era of COVID-19 pandemic


1 Department of Radio Diagnosis, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Medicine, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Paediatrics, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Neema Agarwal
Department of Radio Diagnosis, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida - 201 310 Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_472_20

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Although telemedicine has been used spottily in Indian health care so far, the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic provided the nation's health systems an unprecedented opportunity to make a concerted effort to increase access and coverage. Health-care providers can incorporate telemedicine systems to reduce doctor-patient visits and help in breaking the chain of transmission of infections. Anticipating the increased need of telemedicine by health-care providers, the Medical Council of India released practice guidelines in March 2020. In this article, the literature pertinent to telemedicine and its applications with special reference to recently released practice guidelines were reviewed and summarized in a historical and current context. Telemedicine is bound to grow and be adopted by more health-care practitioners and patients in a wide variety of forms due to ease and availability. At the same time, it cannot replace in-person consultation or emergency medicine.


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