1. TeleClinics/ Express Clinics
We have all seen the impact of Covid-19 since its outbreak around December 2019 in Hubei province in China. As of date, there are over 79000 reported cases all over the world of which over 2600 have died. The good news is more than 16000 have recovered, even as countries all over the world fight to detect and contain the spread of the pandemic. The rise of the pandemic and most importantly the spread to over 30 countries in such a short period of time shows the exponential transmission rate of the disease even though it is not air borne and can pass only through physical contact. It is at these times that one can truly appreciate the boon of TeleCinics/ Express Clinics, that has hitherto eluded the appreciation and wide adoption that the initiative deserves. Here is how an Express clinic works: It is a communication platform that helps you get the doctor consultation from a remote location via chat, telephone and video. The idea is to provide easy and fast healthcare access to patients for routine diagnosis and consultation. You can pay online, and the medicines can get delivered to your doorsteps as well. This in turn, also helps hospitals/ health clinics maximise their reach and productivity in an environment that is a sanitised and convenient for the patients.
Taking basic healthcare digital, also means patients and doctors have full transparency. The app can store health history that can be shared with online and offline doctors. As the world gets more and more connected, it is imperative to use technology for improving access to basic healthcare from the comfort of one’s home or office or a nearby location, while also containing the spread of communicable diseases.
The global market for telemedicine (which also includes telehome) is expected to surpass US$ 103 Billion by 2026, as per the Global Telemedicine Markets report by Businesswire. The highest growth in this sector will be led by the Asia-Pacific region, with emphasis on India, China, and Japan.