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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217-220

COVID-19 and the role of telemedicine in delivering health care

1 Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Southport, UK
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Karthikeyan P Iyengar
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Southport, PR8 6PN
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_62_20

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, there has been an urgent need to devise and identify new models of delivering care to the needy individuals to avoid “face-to-face” consultation between clinician and patient, thus reducing the risk of disease transmission. The medical community had to re-think and reconfigure a way it could deliver continuity of care to its patients during the pandemic. Information technologies such as telemedicine have traditionally been used in patient care supported by various digital platforms. However, telemedicine's development, application, and revolution have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and are bound to play a significant part in the future delivery of health care when the pandemic stabilizes.

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