TELEMEDICINE AND TELEHEALTH: A VIRTUAL CARE PLATFORM WITH PROSPECTS & IMPORTANCE DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
*Dr. Ashekur Rahman Mullick, Dr. Nabil Rayhan, Dr. Kamrun N. Koly, Dr. Kamrun Nahar and *Dr. Irin Hossain
Telemedicine has pronounced potential to overcome terrestrial barriers to providing access to equal health care services, primarily for people living in remote and rural areas in developing countries like Bangladesh. Telehealth is an assembly of resources or methods for augmenting health care, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications Coronavirus and COVID-19 are presently two distressing names to people around the world. An epidemic of fear and hatred has been surging among people over the fast transmission of deadly coronavirus and taking treatment going to a doctor or hospital has become riskier for all kinds of patients, including the COVID-19 ones, telemedicine is imperative now more than ever. The infrastructure for telemedicine and telehealth services are being advanced in the country amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus pandemic as different government and non-government institutions and voluntary groups have come up with healthcare services through virtual center. Telemedicine could possibly save times for patients and cost of health system‟s operations; it can improve interdepartmental and inter-hospital communication and collaboration; it can provide opportunity for sharing best practices among physicians within Bangladesh and international hospitals, and can enhance better resource allocation. Stakeholders and patients alike are now scrambling to find a telemedicine service, a virtual platform which is facing an unparalleled demand in health sector.
Keywords: Telemedicine, Telehealth, COVID-19 Epidemic.
[Full Text Article]