Mini Review
Volume 5 Issue 8 - 2021
Telemedicine and M-Health in Developing Nations - At Present and in the Future
Phyo W Htun*
Medical Department, 7887 Healthcare Call Center, Yangon, Myanmar
*Corresponding Author: Phyo W Htun, Medical Department, 7887 Healthcare Call Center, Yangon, Myanmar.
Received: June 24, 2021; Published: July 20, 2021




Abstract

Telemedicine is the practice of medical consultation performed over a distance, overcoming the geographical barriers, by utilizing the tools of the information and communication technologies. According to some research so far, it is expected to cut down unnecessary patients’ visits to the healthcare providers such as general practitioners or healthcare units such as clinics. Therefore, it is assumed that telemedicine can reduce the healthcare workload that can be incurred upon the healthcare workers in a nationwide healthcare system. With the power of telemedicine, patients with limited access to a physical healthcare unit (as in the case of those residing in the remote areas of a developing nation) can reach for the immediate consultation with a healthcare provider in case of emergency or in any situation that needs a quick and correct medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Therefore, telemedicine can positively impact and assist in the healthcare services as an auxiliary mode of consultation, although it cannot fully substitute a standard medical consultation that is naturally performed at a physical healthcare unit such as a clinic. In the future, telemedine will be a booming mode of remote medical consultation between the patients and their doctors. It can also be a good channel of communication for comprehensive health education to the public, consultation for more privacy concern cases and longterm monitoring of chronic diseases.

Keywords: Telemedicine; M-health; Information and Communication Technologies; Remote Medical Consultation

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