Health in Action

Telemedicine in Rural India

  • Sanjit Bagchi
  • Published: March 07, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030082
  • Published in PLOS Medicine

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Telemedicine in India

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:51 GMT

Author: 'Abhishek' 'Puri'
Position: Dr.
Institution: Student
Submitted Date: March 29, 2006
Published Date: April 3, 2006
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This article is indeed well timed for the potential it represents in developing country like India. However, Tele Medicine is not the panacea for bridging the rural- urban health disparity.

Rural areas are marked by lack of facilities and infrastructure. Rural population doesn't have much faith in the government set up and this is why private health care providers have stepped in. There is widespread quackery which is flourishing due to ineffective regulations.

Further, Indian Telecom scene is in pits. Satellite connectivity can definitely tide over, but with narrow bandwidth it doesn't suffice. The clear cut answer is with extending wireline to the local level- which is majorly owned by Government Enterprise. Since it is a monopoly, it has no reason to improvise nor open up the last mile access link to the private telecom players.

The only way out is to step up investments in strengthening the grassroots level community centres and to accord the importance it deserves in the National Budget.

Competing interests declared: I declare that I have no competing interests.