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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-8

Telemedicine and telehealth - The Indian scenario

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SHKM Govt. Medical College, Mewat, Haryana, India
2 Deputy Director Health, Directorate of Health Services, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College, Faridabad, Haryana, India

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A Singh
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SHKM Govt. Medical College, Mewat, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-6486.240041

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The health care industry is currently undergoing a massive and irreversible transformation and change. Time is approaching when telemedicine/e-health initially shall be visibly practiced in majority of the Indian hospitals as a separate department before eventually fusing into respective medical specialties in spite its slow growth in India. This review appraises current scenario of telemedicine and telehealth in India. Official documents belonging to the Health ministry and finally related literature were examined. Telemedicine can enhance basic/specialty healthcare for India’s population which is predominantly rural. Indian Medical Personals, by large are not computer savvy’s, virtually lack awareness and exposure with regard to the application of information and communication technology in Medicine. These are foremost bottlenecks to the growth of Telemedicine in India. The present study outlines telemedicine strong and weak points. Undoubtedly, the advantages outweigh its disadvantages, but just like any other innovations, it has some drawbacks.

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