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Potential Telehealth in Pakistan

Syed, Humera Hashim (2022): Potential Telehealth in Pakistan.

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Telehealth is the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to deliver health services, expertise and information over distance. It includes Internet or web-based “e-health” and video-based applications, and can be delivered real-time (live) or through store-and-forward (record now, view later) mode. Telehealth is changing the way we think about health and provide healthcare in today’s world. It supports innovations in health, as well as in healthcare delivery, health education, and distribution of health related information such as medical records. Telehealth is adding value.

The future of Telemedicine in mainstream medical care is full of potential. Physicians offices, examination rooms and even the traditional stethoscope might be replaced by private secure web sites and digital equipment that records vital signs and physical findings. Though this form of futuristic medicine will be less personable and erode the traditional physician-patient relationship but then it is believed to improve patient satisfaction, physician access and patient outcome. Embracing technological advancement is sure to make the practice of medicine more efficient, more economic, more effective and it is hoped more enjoyable.

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