The health ministry issued telemedicine guidelines enabling doctors to write prescriptions based on telephone conversations that reduce risks of transmission for medical professionals as well as patients.
The move, aimed at decongesting healthcare facilities in the wake of Covid-19, will also make healthcare accessible to remote areas in general and make faster intervention possible with the current immobilisation due to coronavirus making hospital and clinic visits difficult.
The document provides information on various aspects of telemedicine, including on technology platforms and tools available to medical practitioners and how to integrate these technologies to provide healthcare delivery.
It also spells out how technology and transmission of voice, data, images and information should be used in conjunction with other clinical standards, protocols, policies and procedures to provide care.
Important Info :
The guidelines specifically explicitly exclude the following:
Use of digital technology to conduct surgical or invasive procedures remotely
Other aspects of telehealth such as research and evaluation and continuing education of healthcare workers
Specifications for hardware or software, infrastructure building & maintenance
Does not provide for consultations outside the jurisdiction of India
Source :Times of India