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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-58

COVID-19 and the prospects for telemedicine in India

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Dr. D Y Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of General Medicine, Dr. D Y Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Ashwini Patankar
Department of General Medicine, Dr. D Y Patil Hospital, Nerul, Navi Mumbai - 400 706, Maharashtra.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.dypj_9_20

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Restrictions in movements of all nonessential services have been curtailed in India and worldwide owing to the current COVID-19 situation. This potentiates the use of telemedicine to provide healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Telemedicine which was initially primitive and not very well explored is now emerging to be a safe option for healthcare delivery in the interim. Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has come up with a set of guidelines that eases both the doctors and patients. The clarity in regulations provides a boost to the existing private startups that were operating under a grey area until now and would also attract investors to provide the required push to establish these services in India at a national level. Hence, if accepted as a standard model of healthcare delivery in India, telemedicine will help address the COVID-19 situation as well as provide healthcare access in remote areas. Furthermore, with millions of people already using the “Aarogya Setu” mobile app, it serves as a potential platform to integrate a national telemedicine service.

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