Telemedicine and Health Care in Indian Context

Donald S. Christian, Purushottam A Giri


With the advancements in information technology and audio-visual aids, one should not wonder if medical consultations are provided through it. India is unique country with respect to variations in geographical structure starting from Himaliyan hills to the deserts of Rajasthan and Gujarat and then to the seashores of southern India. It could be emphasized that India would be benefitted the most taking large number of remote, scatter and underserved areas of the country. The term “Health Telematics” means “A composite term for health related activities, services and systems, carried out over a distance by means of information and communication technologies, for the purpose of global health promotion, disease control and health care as well as education, management and research in health.” On the other hands, the term e-health means combined use in health sector of electronic communication and Information technology, for clinical, education and administrative purposes both at the local site and at the distance [1].

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