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Implementation, effectiveness and monitoring of telemedicine program in Bhutanese refugees camp in Eastern Nepal

Published inJournal of family medicine and primary care, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 256-259
Publication date2022-01
First online date2022-01-31

Background: Telemedicine, a part of Medical Informatics used to consult patients from remote places either via videoconferencing or transferring data and resources via the Store and Forward method, makes the quality of healthcare in low-and middle-income countries more efficient, cost-effective, and accessible. The objectives of this study were to determine its effects on the health of refugees and its efficacy in terms of referrals and cost reduction for healthcare service providers among Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study done retrospectively from the records of patient data of Bhutanese refugees from AMDA, Damak, and prospectively by asking the questionnaire to the healthcare providers of Beldangi PHC of AMDA, Damak.

Results: The total percentage of patients that were seen via teleconsultation in the primary center was 58% male and 42% females, whereas from the secondary center, males were 43% and females constituted 57%. The referral rate from those primary centers and secondary centers were decreased to 31% and 39%, respectively, from 72% and 61% from previous records. The budget expenditure was also decreased to 13.65% from 29.41%.

Conclusions: Telemedicine is beneficial in those types of refugee camps where there are chains of referring patients from primary health centers to tertiary care centers via secondary healthcare centers. As it not only decreased the referral rate but also save the budget expenditure, which are needed when referring those patients to other centers.

  • Bhutanese refugee camp
  • Referral rate
  • Telemedicine
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GUPTA, Pramendra Prasad et al. Implementation, effectiveness and monitoring of telemedicine program in Bhutanese refugees camp in Eastern Nepal. In: Journal of family medicine and primary care, 2022, vol. 11, n° 1, p. 256–259. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1801_21
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