MCI Guidelines advise telemedicine practice to prevent COVID
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Amid the coronavirus outbreak and time of social distancing, the Medical Council of India on Wednesday advised medical practitioners to use telemedicine while providing healthcare saying it can prevent transmission of infectious diseases and reduce the risks to both healthcare workers and patients. The Board of Governors (BoG) issued guidelines for registered medical practitioners to deliver telemedicine consultation to patients via utilizing various technologies.

There has been concern about the practice of telemedicine in the country and lack of clear guidelines has created significant ambiguity for registered medical professionals, raising doubts on the practice of telemedicine. The new guidelines aim to address such concerns and empower registered doctors to reach out to patients safely.

These guidelines provides norms a protocols related to a physician-patient relationship; issues of liability and negligence; evaluation, management, and treatment; informed consent; continuity of care; medical records; prescribing; health education and counseling.

Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guideline and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice.

Kindly refer to the original publication here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Telemedicine.pdf

Source: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
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