Telemedicine in India – UPSC GS3

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunications and information technology to provide clinical healthcare at a distance.

Opportunities for telemedicine
  1. Telemedicine is helpful for people living in rural areas. This is very crucial for India, since 70% of the population lives in rural areas.
  2. Telemedicine helps overcome the shortage of health professionals. India currently has only 0.7 physicians per 1000 people while China and Russia have 5 and 1.5 respectively.
  3. Telemedicine is a better option while dealing with particularly infectious diseases like swine flu.
Developments in Telemedicine
  1. The Indian government has launched the SEHAT initiative to connect 60,000 common service centres nationwide and provide health care services to citizens. This will dovetail with the Digital India Initiative.
  2. In 2009, KIDROP programme was launched in Karnataka to screen infants for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of childhood blindness. Its success has led to it being replicated in two more States.
Telemedicine is a very useful way for the government to provide affordable healthcare to all, with the help of private players and NGOs.



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