What outlook do you see in Telemedicine industry in 2020?
Despite generating an estimated $32 million in revenue this year, the telemedicine industry is still in its infancy. The sector is multiplying because it provides an invaluable service. Across India and much of the world, there is a scarcity of proper healthcare. By bring world-class healthcare to regions where it is unavailable, telemedicine players are meeting an essential need. Nearly half the people in the world live in areas where good healthcare is absent. Hence the size of the market available to telemedicine players is vast.
Do e clinic only offers advice to people living in remote area or provide medicine etc?
At telemedicine clinics, patients are treated no differently than they are in traditional clinics. The only difference between a telemedicine clinic and a regular clinic is that in an e-clinic, patients are examined over a computer screen. The specialist who examines patients in telemedicine clinics is at a distant location. Such a specialist may be hundreds or thousands of kilometres away from patients. At e-clinics, patients are examined and given prescriptions. Patients can purchase their medicines from nearby pharmacies.
What initiatives the government should take in the Telemedicine Sector?
The government can strengthen the telemedicine sector by creating greater awareness about e-clinics in India. Knowledge about telemedicine in India is still remarkably low in a country where the technology the need of the hour. The government should also encourage specialists to partner with telemedicine clinics. When more specialists decide to partner with telemedicine clinics, the result will be better healthcare for more people in India and overseas.
How telemedicine is filling the gap between the urban & Rural healthcare in India?
In India’s urban areas, healthcare is splendid, while in rural areas, it is either absent or inadequate. There is an apparent disparity between the healthcare in urban and rural areas. Telemedicine bridges this gap by bringing to residents of rural areas the same standard of healthcare enjoyed by those who live in urban centres.
A telemedicine clinic can be quickly operational in even the remotest areas. New communication technology lets doctors practising in leading hospitals remotely examine patients from rural areas. When patients in rural areas are monitored by leading specialists, the gap between urban and rural healthcare narrows.
Growth of Telemedicine in Tier 2 or Tier 3?
Telemedicine is multiplying in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Tattvan has several e-clinics across tier 2 and tier 3 cities in North India. An advantage of having e-clinics in tier 2 and 3 cities is they can serve residents in nearby areas. Villagers who live not too far from such cities flock to e-clinics because renowned specialists can examine them.