Telemedicine has brought doctors and patients together, helped improve lives

Through increased access to medical care, patients are now able to receive treatment faster; resulting in decreased recovery times, increased patient satisfaction and outcomes, as well as a significant reduction in the amount of money and resources utilised to treat patients

Telemedicine has brought doctors and patients together, helped improve lives

A three day symposium will be organized in Pune, from November 9-11 to discuss the potential and implications of telemedicine as an enabler for the transformation of health strategy in India. The aim of the event is to introduce the concept of telemedicine to a larger audience.

In a layman’s terminology, telemedicine is a means of sending across and receiving information related to medicine from the doctor to the patient via internet or other mode of internet communication.

Dr BS Ratta, Consultant Neonatal and Urosurgeon, Ruby Hall Clinic and President, Telemedicine Society of India (TSI), said, “This year’s theme was ‘Digital Health – Shaping the Future of Healthcare’.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra he said, “Over the years, TSI has brought key players across different disciplines together to discuss the future of telemedicine. The adoption of telemedicine has increased significantly in India and beyond in the past 12 months. The time for telemedicine is now.”

He further explained, “During this year’s conference, our speakers are going to focus on how we can build on this momentum and broaden our reach even further for more people to benefit from telemedicine.”

Dr Sanjay Pathare, Medical Director at Ruby Hall Clinic said that telemedicine is a complex and dynamic field with many opportunities for innovations that will extend and improve lives.

“Through increased access to medical care, patients are now able to receive treatment faster; resulting in decreased recovery times, increased patient satisfaction and outcomes, as well as a significant reduction in the amount of money and resources utilised to treat patients,” said Pathare.

He added, “This proven technology- platform has enabled us to target care and case management to improve access to care and improve the health of patients nationwide and beyond. The future of tele-health depends on our ability to make it as convenient and seamless as possible.”