Impact of Telemedicine Practice Guidelines

India’s healthcare industry is set for a massive transformation with the creation of telemedicine guidelines that have been laid down by the Medical Council in collaboration with NITI Aayog. The impact these guidelines will create will be substantial given that the country as vast and varied has India is grappling with challenges on the landscape, demographical, and geographical fronts.

The innovations that have been constantly been happening in the technology space have enabled a platform like telemedicine to take its shape and make a difference in the lives of millions of Indians. What this unique platform is set to do is ease several clinical problems that India has been facing. The setting up of guidelines will enable doctors and other medical professionals to look up to a guide whilst they provide treatment to patients in a holistic way. People who are getting benefitted from these guidelines are the ones that are based in rural areas as they generally do not have access to specialized medical services.

The telemedicine guidelines will serve as a blueprint for both medical professionals and patients in what they need to do should a case arise for availing such services. For communities that are based in the hinterland, the establishment of these guidelines will enable them to save on wait and travel time in getting basic medical care and attention. In following the guidelines, it becomes easier and hassle-free for both patients and doctors to go about their duties.

The formulation of guidelines for telemedicine in India will give a boost to the telemedicine market that is already growing. The direction these guidelines provide ensure the growth will be immense and the impact the economy as a whole, in terms of market share, revenue, sale, size, and growth rate will be substantial. The government’s ideology for issuing these guidelines will specifically impact rural Indian areas that are otherwise deprived of quality medical and educational professionals as people residing there can access medical services like never before. With telemedicine services made available to all, there is no need for people to travel large distances for basic medical care.

The last couple of years have been spectacular for the telemedicine industry in India as it witnessed unparalleled growth. With the guidelines made clear, the scope for further development is guaranteed. In tapping into various technologies that these guidelines allow medical professionals to, health data can be used in more than one ways. For example, the emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence can be used on the data available for foreseeing challenges that may confront the medical space shortly. Similarly, IoT (Internet of Things) can be used for monitoring perspective medical challenges, like diabetes, heart failures, asthma attack, etc through connected devices.

With a focus on improving the healthcare sector in India, the government has recently come out with Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Incidentally, this scheme also mentions the development of telehealth for long-distance healthcare services. And with the guidelines now issued by the Medical Council, it is now possible to provide efficient, effective, safe, and patient-centric medical services to those in need.  

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