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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-204

Telemedicine and anaesthesia

1 Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Govt Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Govt Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India
3 Senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, KD Hospital, Circular Road, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Veena Chatrath
H. No. 41/3, The Mall Road, Opposite Govt Girls High School, Amritsar - 143 001, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.65357

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Telemedicine is the use of electronic information and communication technology to provide and support healthcare when distance separates the participants. India is characterised by low penetration of healthcare services where primary healthcare facilities for rural population are highly inadequate. The majority of doctors practice in urban and semi-urban areas, whereas the major proportion of population lives in rural areas. This calls for the innovative methods for utilisation of science and technology for the benefit of our society. There are few reports in the literature which support the use of telemedicine technology for pre-operative assessment, intra-operative consultation, monitoring and post-operative follow-up, which is discussed in this article.

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