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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 205-208

Telemedicine and COVID-19

Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
K Ganapathy
Apollo Telemedicine Foundation, C/o Apollo Main Hospital, 21 Greames Lane, Chennai - 600 086, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_84_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has within months turned the world upside down. SRS-COV-2 is making us look at how health-care services are being delivered, and how this needs to radically change. Every country is reporting an exponential increase in Telemedicine utilization, as fallout of the enormous stress on health-care systems globally. The notification of the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines by the Government of India has also contributed to the rapid adoption of Remote Health Care. This review focuses on deployment of Telehealth in the pandemic milieu, illustrating how a crisis is turning into an opportunity to provide remote health care. Necessity for “contactless” health care and physical distancing has led to acceptance of Telehealth by all stakeholders, from lingering in the periphery for two decades to center stage.

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