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Utilization of Telehealth in India

Kannan, Srinivasan (2008): Utilization of Telehealth in India.

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Abstract

Health care technology is in use for a decade or more in India. The use of technology in healthcare especially in public health is very common due to the recent development in Information Communication Technology. The costs of equipments in ICT are generally falling. The present paper is looking at various studies on Telehealth technology. Based on the data available on the utilization it also tries to explain the utilization pattern. The utilization of such systems depends on various factors. They include, costs of setting up and maintaining such systems, the availability of man power, e-readiness, availability of equipments, cost of access, enabling regulatory environment, sustainability of such systems and so on. The Telemedicine user meet held in May 2007 at Ahmedabad, India, there were 30612 super specialty consultations since the inception. As per the data available, there are 563 super-specialty consultations per month in 10 centres in India.

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