Can Telemedicine and Telehealth Change The Future of Healthcare?
By: Visakha, Diamond
Published On: November 23, 2021
Healthcare at the click of a button! What was yesterday's dream is now very much our reality. Telehealth and Telemedicine can be seen as two branches of healthcare services that use technology as their medium to allow medical professionals to diagnose, treat, and monitor their patient’s care remotely.
Telehealth During COVID-19
The COVID 19 pandemic overburdened the healthcare system in our country. During the countrywide lockdown, Telehealth and Telemedicine gained traction amongst the healthcare practitioners and patients due to its near-zero contagion risk that helped alleviate the fear of contracting the virus.
A comparison between Telehealth and Telemedicine
Telehealth in India
The Government of India legalised Telemedicine practices on March 25, 2020, with the intention of providing quality healthcare services by medical experts (M.B.B.S and above) at reasonable costs and under convenient environments that reduce any chance of catching an infection. After the legalisation, Telemedicine startups such as 1mg, Practo, and so on, witnessed a rise in online doctor consultations between March and June 2020 with about 80% first-time users on their platforms - highlighting that the Telehealth market is one of the fastest-growing segments in the healthcare sector.
Another example is Pharmeasy, currently one of India’s most trusted online pharmacies, and one that joined the unicorn club by representing the growth of telemedicine and creating an effective digital healthcare ecosystem.
In a developing country like India, there is a great potential to increase accessibility to healthcare resources for the rural population in the country. The rural community makes up for 67% of the country’s population, who with the help of Telehealth and Telemedicine, have a better chance of receiving quality and convenient healthcare in the country. Furthermore, India is among one of the top 20 markets for medical devices worldwide. With the massive expansion of medical facilities, and the state of the art medical technology and its growth in India, Telehealth can soon become a great tool in bridging the healthcare gap in our country.
Additionally, Telehealth does not only help the lesser-developed regions seek medical help, but it also trains and helps doctors and practitioners across the country treat patients virtually and provide appropriate medical care.
Connecting the ones in need to the ones who can help!
Another Virtual Solution To Healthcare - Medical Crowdfunding
Like Telehealth, medical crowdfunding is also committed to helping patients receive critical treatment on time. Medical crowdfunding is a concept that allows patients and their families to raise funds for costly medical treatments. It’s a completely online process that is debt-free and interest-free. Most importantly, medical fundraising via online crowdfunding platforms entails no payback, making sure that lack of funds does not hinder people from getting their life-saving treatment.
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