The country’s telemedicine sector is expected to double to US$ 32 million (about Rs 210 crore) by 2020, industry body Assocham has said.
Currently, the sector’s market size stands at US$ 15 million (about Rs 100 crore), it said.
Telemedicine involves use of telecommunication and IT in extending healthcare facilities particularly in remote areas.
The chamber said efforts are needed to create an overarching framework from primary to district healthcare centres and issues like bandwidth and connectivity need to be fixed to boost the sector’s growth.
“Growth of a sustainable telemedicine network in India depends upon introduction of legal frameworks, development of national e-health policies, trained human resource and regular funding,” it added.
Improved access to specialists, increased patient satisfaction with care, improved clinical outcomes, reduction in emergency room utilization, cost savings are certain key benefits of telemedicine, it said.