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Evaluate the role of telemedicine in effective disease management in the country. Also reckon the measures taken by the government in this regard.

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

4. Evaluate the role of telemedicine in effective disease management in the country. Also reckon the measures taken by the government in this regard.(250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

The article brings to us insights on the benefits of Telemedicine in effective disease management in the country.

Key Demand of the question:

Evaluate the role of telemedicine in effective disease management in the country. Also reckon the measures taken by the government in this regard.

Directive:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by explain how and in what way using tech platforms to treat non-communicable diseases has gained currency during the pandemic period.

Body:

Firstly present the idea of Telemedicine. And then discuss why there is urgent need of telemedicine.

In India, nearly 5.8 million people die from NCDs (heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer, and diabetes) every year. So it becomes critically important to ensure that access to NCD treatments remains uninterrupted, especially during a time where the risk of these conditions has been exacerbated.

Give examples of tele-consultation services — e-Sanjeevani and e-Sanjeevani OPD — that have been used to effectively improve the delivery of health-care services using information and communication technologies in exchange for valid information diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and management of diseases, etc.

Brief upon the measures taken by the government in this regard.

Conclusion:

Conclude that Telemedicine services especially in the health and wellness centres at the grassroots level wherein a mid-level health worker can connect the patients to the doctors through technology in providing timely and best possible care. It is essential to continue to sustain such initiatives post the pandemic as they can help decrease accessibility costs to quality healthcare.