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The Scope and Impact Of Telemedicine In India
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Authored by Mr Ayush Mishra, Co-Founder & CEO, Tattvan E-Clinics

Advancement in the field of healthcare has always being a challenge in all developing countries, especially like India, due to its vast geographical, demographical and landscape factor. These advancements are also evident in the space of technology and on such platform is Telemedicine. Telemedicine or telehealth is a practice of caring and engages in treatment of patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present in the same place. Modern-day technology and innovation has enabled doctors to consult patients by using video-conferencing tools. Telemedicine helps in easing the problem of clinics especially form distant in rural communities. These types of services save the patient time and travel as they can consult the doctor form his or her home as per their comfort zone.

Telemedicine is enhancing the Healthcare Delivery in India

The concept of telemedicine is rapidly increasing in India, particularly in the rural areas where direct health care facility and delivery is not readily available. However, today it is also used in many other applications in health care management, education etc. Telemedicine can be anything from high professionals seeking advice over patient problems to a complex medical report, clinical information. and diagnostics test through a technical device. Telemedicine is the bandwidth for information through video conferences, broadcasting, and virtual reality. In India, telemedicine is gaining a lot of popularity due to the advance in technology development. The main vision of bringing telemedicine the health care industry the give the service beyond the geographical, time and social barrier.

India Scenario:

In the last few years, telemedicine has got a grip in the healthcare industry, despite challenges and risks involved in the telemedicine, the demand of the healthcare industry soon can only meet by implementing effective and innovation in telemedicine solutions. Overall, it has been changing the current paradigm of health care allowing improve access to the patient care along with the enhance outcome in a very cost-effective way.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the field of Telemedicine in India but whichever small isolated efforts that we had in the country for telemedicine for example: ‘The Digital India Campaign’ that the government doing form the past three-four years that used much telemedicine by setting clinics and shop in tier 2 and tier 3 cities and lot in rural cities.

Earlier, there is a lack of primary health care in rural areas, people used to go as the traditional way, and it is a problem for rural India. Now, because of telemedicine and government efforts, a lot had been changing in the direction. Industry Journal 24 said, “India’s telemedicine is growing rapidly and is impacting the international economy in terms of growth rate, revenue, sale, market share, and size, according to the India Market size.” India has an extensive growth as it has a broad urban-rural population and rural India is deprived of the facilities of Healthcare, giving telemedicine is a space of growth in India. Less education and medical facilities in rural areas is the reason behind the government to use the technology to fill the gap.

In 2018, telemedicine is rapidly growing in India. It has undertaken the new way of doctor consultancy to the people who faced a problem in daily life. This sector is at an ever-growing stage with a high scope of development. Last Year telemedicine became the next frontier of the healthcare industry. The year 2019 will the most important year for the telemedicine industry. Health care is used in many ways one of them is AI. Internet of things perspective emergency like asthma, heart failure, and diabetes can be supervised via internet connection.

Telemedicine is the bridge to improve the condition in a rural area for the health industry. According to the Niti Aayog, the National Health Stack (NHS) is the digital healthcare industry in the country. The Study of NHS aims to make E healthcare and telemedicine easy by 2022.

Introduction to the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the biggest healthcare scheme. Indian Government has introduced Information communication technology, focusing on the development of the healthcare industry. In this scheme, they include the telehealth ideology for the long-distance care to make it safe, efficient, time-consuming, patient-centric and easily accessible to the health management.

The Future of Telemedicine is the Future of Healthcare

With the improvement of an Internet connection and the advancement of technology, the world is moving towards a more connected future. Healthcare is no exception to the sea change, In the future, extensive research and technologies advancement will give a deeper knowledge of emergency treatment and special medicine like teleophthalmology, OB-GYN and mental health. The integration of Augmented and virtual reality, 3-D printing, robotics and advance lot and AI will help to give the value-based health care to their customers in a more personalized and customized way. Hence, it is good to say that in this high-tech world, telemedicine and related technologies will transform the healthcare experience for everyone