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Study of the impact of a telemedicine service in improving pre-hospital care and referrals to a tertiary care university hospital in Nepal

Published inJournal of family medicine and primary care, vol. 10, no. 12, p. 4531-4535
Publication date2021-12
First online date2021-12-27

Background: Telemedicine is a process which involve medical experts to exchange valid information for diagnosis, clinical management, treatment and counseling for both healthcare workers and patients remotely in rural setting from urban healthcare center. Providing quality healthcare services in Nepal is challenging due to many reasons such as difficult geographic terrain, limited availability of funding and many other issues.

Methods: The study design was a cross sectional and will adopt an interpretative case study approach which supports the researcher to develop a deep insight in to study phenomenon and outcomes. Study was conducted at in two rural-telemedicine programme implementation sites, namely Patle, Fikkal Bazaar and one central consultation site BPKIHS Dharan.

Result: A total of 315 patients were undergone teleconsultation process during the study period. The total patients consulted after teleconsultation program in each of center were 1386 (Phikal) and 508 (Patle). Among them 205 (Phikal) and 110 (Patle) were called on the teleconsultation day. Among the patients who were seen via teleconsultation, 36 (2.6 %) from Phikal and 22 (4.3%) from Patle were referred to BPKIHS. The total number of referred patient from those center to other center were 327(Phikal) and 208 (Patle) among those referred 205 (Phikal) and 110 (Patle) came during teleconsultation Process.

Conclusion: Telemedicine can be used as a critical component in the solution of the healthcare crisis. Telemedicine will be the best as a substitute to improve the access to healthcare, to provide the healthcare cost-effectively. The current paradigm of care can be taken by telemedicine due to which improved health outcomes can be achieved in cost effective Ways.

  • Health care
  • Teleconsultation
  • Telemedicine
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GUPTA, Pramendra Prasad et al. Study of the impact of a telemedicine service in improving pre-hospital care and referrals to a tertiary care university hospital in Nepal. In: Journal of family medicine and primary care, 2021, vol. 10, n° 12, p. 4531–4535. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_9_21
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