Just a call away

Published: Saturday 31 August 1996

for patients requiring expert advice from hospitals abroad, the telemedicine service would be a boon. This global medical consultation service was recently launched in New Delhi by the city-based Aashlok Hospital which has tied up with the International Network of Medical Communications of New York. Now patients can pay as little as Rs 3,000 and get the opinion of experts from some of the best hospitals in the us. This would eliminate the cost of the patient's trip to the us and the exhausting research about which us hospital would have the necessary treatment facility.

A lot of patients who travel to the us could be treated here if they get the necessary advice. Many of them fly all the way to the us just to get a second opinion. Patients can send data about their illness by making a simple isd telephone call attached to a modem. The report would be received by a doctor in the us on his computer and he would then engage in electronic consultation with the patient or the concerned physician in Delhi.

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