Telemedicine, also referred to as telehealth, is the remote delivery of healthcare services, including exams and consultations, over the telecommunications infrastructure.
More than 30% of the global population lives in rural areas as per the latest statistics. Reaching out with proper healthcare facilities to these remote areas is a huge task. Medical practitioners, doctors, and other health care providers are working hard to give them the best of services. But, many a time, unfortunately, the timely medication fails to reach such areas. Recently, there was an incident that happened in one of the rural regions of Asia, where a lady became ill and was bedridden. Local and small hospitals having minimal facilities had two choices.
Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. Telemedicine technology is frequently used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultation and a host of other clinical services that can be provided remotely via secure video and audio connections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to telemedicine as "healing from a distance." Telemedicine solutions are used to provide clinical services to the patient from any remote location. Now patients located in rural regions with limited access to healthcare can get treatment from the specialists of their choice through secure telemedicine tools.