Telemedicine market growth in India to aid in success of national digital health plans: GlobalData


The pandemic of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown measures have led to the widespread adoption in India of telemedicine. Against this backdrop, according to GlobalData, the growing market can expand and improve access to healthcare and assist in the success of the country’s national digital health plans.

The release states that it began around two decades ago with a pilot project by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) tracing India’s foray into telemedicine, and the country has subsequently seen the gradual entry of commercial healthcare applications in the past decade. In March 2020, the Indian government published new guidelines for telemedicine practise to facilitate access to medical advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, just as COVID-19 impeded access to routine healthcare for chronic patients and remote

Sasmitha Sahu, Pharma Analyst at GlobalData, commenting that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting social distancing measures gave a new impetus to the previously sluggish telemedicine segment as Indian patients were keen on personal consultations for non-serious conditions, said Without proper guidelines in place, doctors and patients alike were somewhat apprehensive about using this medicine. But with cases of COVID-19 not yet receding and no strong therapy or vaccine in place, telemedicine is now being used more and more. For both patients and doctors, this approach saves a lot of time. Thus, doctors can take care of a larger number of patients. In addition, specialists can be accessed by patients from remote areas.

The release notes that in recent times, several telemedicine apps such as DocsApp, Practo and mFine have emerged that have been of immense assistance during the lockdown period to manage both non-emergency and chronic medical conditions.

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