"The global market for Telemedicine Technologies is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 18.4 percent from the $17.8 billion spent on hardware, software and services through 2020"
Research and Markets
"Telehealth leaves us with no excuse not to find the help we need~~for body and soul~~ no matter where in the world we are. "
Eric J. Hall, President and CEO of Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, Chairman of Alzheimer’s Global Initiative
"In an age where the average consumer manages nearly all aspects of life online, it’s a no-brainer that healthcare should be just as convenient, accessible and safe as online banking"
Jonathan Linkous, CEO of American Telemedicine Association
Project Telemedi is an Initiative of and by a group of young citizens that seeks to provide awareness about Telemedicine and Telehealth – both in the Public and Private Healthcare sectors – in India.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine describes communication between doctors and patients through digital methods. Through Telemedicine, patients who may be living in a remote part of the country and who may not have access to proper healthcare facilities, can use telecommunication forums such as video chat or text messaging to get in touch with doctors in any other part of the country, who will in turn provide them with a suitable diagnosis and a treatment in accordance to their symptoms.
Our Mission and Vision
Through this campaign, our team of young socially aware citizens aims to, provide awareness to the masses about telemedicine and telehealth, two concepts which will not only provide easy access to proper healthcare facilities to those living in remote areas, but will, in addition, open up opportunities for further innovation and outreach in the healthcare sector.
What We Aim To Do
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Why Tele Medicine?
- Patient and health workers’ safety, especially at the time of epidemics and contagious diseases. Unnecessary exposure to both, the doctor as well as the patient is avoided – a boon for the present times (COVID-19). Conducting virtual sessions via text, audio or video makes this possible.
- Timely access to proper healthcare facilities, regardless of geographical location of the patient. A 2017 survey in the USA found that the average telemedicine visit takes 13-15 minutes while an in-person visit takes about 2 hours.
- Limitation of resources is not a hindrance to access quality healthcare. Telemedicine helps save cost and effort, including travel, especially for rural patients. No need to travel long distances for consultation and treatment.
- Greater possibility of maintaining records and documentation and hence continuity of healthcare history. This also increases the legal protection for both parties.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Telehealth?
The delivery and facilitation of health and health-related services including medical care, provider and patient education, health information services, and self-care via telecommunications and digital communication technologies.
Who can practice Telemedicine?
If you are a Registered Medical Practitioner i.e. a person who is enrolled in the State Register or the National Register under the IMC Act 1956 and you are based and practicing in India, you are eligible to practice Telemedicine in accordance with the provisions of the Guidelines. For the first three years, you may do so without clearing the mandatory certificate course foreseen under the TPG but thereafter, when the initial three year period is over, then without clearing the certificate course you would either not be registered at all or the renewal of your registration as a RMP with a State Medical Council will be denied.
What Telemedicine platform should I use?
Technology equipment reliability, data speeds and available bandwidth have increased dramatically over the last several years permitting telemedicine to expand in India in a big way.
You may start with a dedicated smartphone, or use a tablet or laptop, or desktop, as you wish; provided you have cable, wifi or internet access.
What is the legality of Telemedicine in India?
The practice of telemedicine has alway been legal in India, and the introduction of the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines (TPG) issued by the Board of Governors, with prior approval of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, now provide an explicit and specific legal basis for the practice of telemedicine in India. This has been done by adding a new set of clauses in Chapter 3 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 by an amendment date March 25, 2020; as a part of this amendment, the TPGs have been included as Appendix 5 to the said regulations.