Telemedicine in Nepal (Part Two)
A Study report on Telemedicine and Health Disciplines in Nepal (Part One)
For example, if a person has chest pain, there can be various conclusions or it might be just a matter of strenuous exercises. The cause of the pain may be as simple as muscular pervious / privy, spondylosis, pneumonia or a gastric problem, or it may be as serious as angina or a heart attack, which may kill a person if s/he does not get proper attention in time or if s/he does not seek medical consultation in time. In such a situation the first and foremost question is whether we can have immediate information regarding this? It might need immediate medical attention. Timely provision of information can either save the patient, or further delay could prove life threatening. There are many cases in Nepal where patients die every day just by not getting the basic information on first aid. If basic things such as first aid is not tackled properly, this gives the scenario of how grave diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS and so forth are treated in Nepal due to lack of accurate information. On the other hand, there likely many cases where if the right information is provided on time, the patient’s life could be out of danger. In this connection, Telemedicine is the best answer to bridge the gap between the information seeker and the information itself.
In emergency cases when one does not know whom to consult, at that time the person can receive this service. Moreover, one can also know which hospital to go to, which doctor to consult and even which medicine to take in emergency cases. This service can play crucial and significant roles in emergency cases for saving patients’ lives. This service is also helpful in getting information regarding Diabetes, Cancer, and Hepatitis B etc. This is the medical consultation service offered on the telephone by qualified doctors. This service will be available for 24 hours a day, allowing anybody from anywhere to call on the toll free number and receive advice from doctors. Anybody can require Telemedicine. The present world is world is a world of advancement of science and technology.
There are astonishing discoveries of science, which have changed our lives. This is the age of information technology. Simple common sense measures can help a lot and save precious lives, resource, time and energy. For instance, one has got high fever then sponging with warm water with adequate ventilation can bring down the fever in few minutes.
When we are in trouble, getting an appointment with doctor is not always possible – it may be odd time of the day, it may be holiday, we may not know whom to consult, which is appropriate hospital, what time we have to go, where to go, how to get services and like that. In these situations Telemedicine plays a vital role.
It may be equally important in cases where people can get services in foreign body inhalation, burn, fever, and drowning, poisoning, chest pain problems and so forth. We can even get ambulance assistance and searching database of people who are willing to donate blood to save lives of unknown people. As we learn more about distance medicine, we also learn more about the diversity of diseases, healthcare systems and outcome expectation in Nepal. Telemedicine is very useful as it saves time and energy in searching the hospital, doctors and so forth.