Healthcare facilities across the world have been more or less compromised due to the COVID-19 outbreak, necessitating countries, including India, into a lockdown. The government instructs the hospitals to put off elective surgeries. It also advises the people should avoid going to hospitals for usual monthly medical checkups. This will put non-COVID patients in a tight spot. Many innovative technical options are rising in India to compensate for this gap. These online platforms make sure the patients get access to medical advice and care amid the lockdown.
As COVID-19 situation insists the people to stay indoors, the numbers of users accessing online medical consultation platforms are found to increase markedly. In online consultation, the patients can connect with the respective specialists by means of video conferencing platform, smartphone apps, and online management systems; the doctors can talk with the patients, see their medical records, diagnose the issue, and prescribe medicines
Usually, in an online consultation platform, there will be a panel of doctors specialized in different fields. Different online apps or service providers follow different methods to consult the patients. Typically,
There are a few protocols to follow while you are heading for an online consultation.
We are moving fast towards a digital revolution – s few basic manners will go a long way of reducing the stress of not meeting the doctor physically.
Stay home … Stay safe.
Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.
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