In current crisis, telemedicine and telehealth is best option to provide the healthcare services in local as well as remote areas. Here’s what necessity of telemedicine services in india, along with the today and tomorrow of telemedicine.
World Health Organization (WHO) define the Telemedicine as ‘The delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health care providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities.'
Modernization in Telemedicine
In modern days smartphones, internet, etc availability and costing affordable by patients and physician for gathering clinical data which made it easier to use without special training.
The recent telemedicine practices reduce travel expenses, saves time, reduces medical costs, provides easier access for the common man to specialist doctors without disrupting their daily responsibilities. It also makes the life of healthcare providers easy by decreasing the load of missed appointments and cancellations, increasing revenue and patient load and improving follow up and health outcomes.
Telemedicine in India
More than 121 crores of peoples in India, to cover each and every people, is big task. Adding to this is the recent trend of concentration of healthcare facilities to the cities and towns (including 75% of the population of doctors), away from rural India, where 68.84% of the national population live.
Telemedicine is one field which was successful in invoking a keen interest in the private sector and making them take an active part in public health management.
Current scenario in India
WHO recommends a doctor-population ratio of 1:1000, while the current doctor population ratio in India is only 0.62:1000.
Training of new physicians is time consuming and expensive, hence the doctor to patient ratio can be expected to remain low for a long time to come. This deficit is partly being made up by the active telemedicine services in various parts of the country.