The efficiency of telemedicine is unquestionable. In the interior of the country where good healthcare is absent, telemedicine is essential to the public’s wellbeing. A recent case in Jharkhand highlights this.
A 36-year-old woman in Jharkhand who have cancer near the uterus area visited a hospital. An inept surgeon removed her uterus but did not remove the area near uterus which is having cancer and caused the disease to metastasise. Instead of helping save the women's life, the surgeon’s actions resulted in the women developing third stage cancer. The reason the woman was poorly treated in Jharkhand is apparent. Many doctors in the interior of the country have little experience or expertise in treating patients suffering from complex diseases like cancer. They also lack the equipment to treat patients properly. As a result, many patients prognosis become worse after they come for treatment. Doctors in small towns and cities, having a little speciality, often exacerbate diseases rather than curing them.
Thankfully in this instance, the story has a happy ending.
After her uterus had been removed and cancer had metastasised, the women approached Tattvan’s clinic in Jharkhand for treatment. She was immediately connected with specialists practising in Medanta Hospital and Artemis Hospital in Gurgaon. There she received the care she desperately needed. Today the women's health has improved. Though nothing can undo the harm done to her body by an inept local surgeon, she is in remarkably good spirits because she received the right treatment. Her cancer has been treated by the doctors practising in some of the best hospitals in the world.
The case described above highlights the need for telemedicine clinics. In a backward state like Jharkhand, where medical facilities are mediocre at best, millions of residents can never hope to gain access to the kind of healthcare they deserve. By overcoming the obstacles posed by geographical distances, telemedicine clinics like Tattvan bring the best healthcare possible to those living in remote locations.
While the case mentioned above has a happy ending, what happened to the women is an exception. In most instances, surgeries in backward states like Jharkhand are riddled with problems. Doctors in such regions don't have the expertise to treat severe conditions. However, patients have no other recourse than to seek treatment from poorly trained doctors practising in shoddy hospitals.
Since the introduction of telemedicine clinics, however, this has changed. When patients visit a telemedicine clinic, they are examined by doctors over a computer screen. Over a computer terminal doctors and patients can see and talk to each other. A patient describes his or her symptoms after which the doctor reaches a diagnosis. When a case is more complicated, a doctor may ask a patient to visit a pre-selected medical facility in a large metropolitan city. All arrangements for the patient's visit happen beforehand making trips easier and inexpensive.
In the case of the women mentioned above, a visit to Tattvan’s e-clinic and subsequent examination in Artemis and Medanta Hospital saved her life. Additionally, her case also demonstrated to others living in Jharkhand that should the need arise; they too will have easy access to the most outstanding healthcare in the world.