Telemedicine: The Future of Healthcare Delivery

Nayak, Vinod C (2012) Telemedicine: The Future of Healthcare Delivery. International Journal of Computer Science and Management Research, 1 (1). pp. 4-11. ISSN 2278 – 733X

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Abstract

Introduction: Although telemedicine has existed since very long, it is sparingly being utilized for routine doctor – patient consultation. For effective functioning of telemedicine in a hospital setup it is very much necessary, that the medical staff accepts this way of patient consultation and is comfortable with this way of medical practice. Also knowledge about the subject should be appropriate with well dealt concerns like legal issues, training requirements, tele-infrastructure etc. Methodology: We surveyed 61 doctors in Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka, to find about their perception on face to face consultation and telemedicine. The topics covered by the study were current telemedicine technology knowledge, general attitude towards telemedicine applications and face to face consultation, perceived efficiency of telemedicine in enhancing quality of care, hurdles in implementation of telemedicine, and doctors concerns in acceptance of tele-consultation. The study also focused on opinion of doctors about telemedicine if implemented in their organization. Results: Among 61 respondents almost all had good knowledge about telemedicine. Some doctors considered telemedicine to be of limited interest and many doctors were not convinced that it could improve clinical practice. Doctor responded being very much concerned about the legal issues of telemedicine practice and also confidentiality of patient information. Their response also showed some resistance to prefer telemedicine in their regular schedule but also gave a positive response of acceptance incase administration puts a compulsory activity to use telemedicine in their regular schedule. Training about telemedicine was highly demanded

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Telemedicine; Specialists; Perception; Acceptance
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 05:02
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2013 05:02
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79379

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