17 Feb In telehealth, scaling up the Indian advantage
Effects of COVID-19-
- Detection of T.B. cases came down by 50% in April-December of 2020 relative to the same period in 2019
- antenatal care visits were down by 56% in the first half of 2020.
- It has exacerbated inequalities
- people living in rural and remote areas were further disadvantaged because of travel restriction.
- The increased use of digital technologies
- has mitigated the impact of COVID-19 to a extent
- Virtual consultations avoid the risk of COVID-19 transmission and spread
- It has helped to bridge this socio-economic divide.
- government’s e-Sanjevani platform
- It offers both provider-to-patient interactions
- provider-to-provider interactions
- Here patients visit digitally equipped community health officers in rural health and wellness centres
- It helps to connect general practitioners and specialist doctors through a hub-and-spoke model.
- Private providers and non-governmental organisations have also expanded their reach by virtual access to underserved populations.
- increase telehealth, telemedicine capacity by eliminating repetition of common advice.
- Why is it good?
- Data plans are cheaper in India than anywhere else in the world.
- appropriately secure platform
With innovation in ecosystems of thinking and technology, learning and adaptation of new processes, new digital tools that bring an opportunity to leapfrog into a reality of ‘Health for All’.
Source- The Hindu