Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Telemedicine: The future of Sri Lankan health
Addressing a gathering regarding future of Sri Lankan health
Imagine a time when healthcare services will be available anywhere and at any time. Imagine having access to a doctor from wherever you are, even if the doctor is nowhere near you. If this was possible, a diabetic child living in a village could receive medical advice from a Pediatric Endocrinologist living in a city; a senior citizen with a heart disease could be monitored daily at home and her drug dose can be adjusted by her general practitioner to reduce problems that cause unnecessary emergency visits; and a young man could get advice on his sexual problems without being embarrassed at a public health setting. How lovely it would be if medical advice could be available with ease, comfort, and speed!

The good news is that such medical advice is available, with telemedicine, which is the provision of distance clinical health services using electronic information and communication technologies, irrespective of the distance between patients and doctors. Especially in the western countries, telemedicine has been making progress in making medical advice easily available to people of all ages and situations. The technology keeps costs low, reduces waiting time for patients, and improves health outcomes.

Technology must be harnessed in any attempt to treat a patient because modern day humans are intrinsically connected to technology. Most of their day is spent using some form of technology, and their activities are captured and monitored on the same technology. They monitor their activity, calories consumed and burnt, and health. This grants medical practitioners access to accurate, holistic data that can help in their diagnoses, thus helping to add healthy years to human life.

Adding the benefit that diagnosis and primary care can be done within the comfort of the home makes telemedicine a valuable option for any patient. The low costs and the easy access to technology makes this a viable alternative to traditional health settings. Hence, Sri Lanka can benefit by utilizing telemedicine, and this is what Dr Harsha Jayakody offers with, Sri Lanka’s premier telemedicine service provider, which he founded in 2012. The digital health solution provider offers 24/7 tele-care services, an online health vault system to monitor and maintain health records online, emergency home visits, and medicine delivery for registered patients. With four types of packages to choose from and discounts at partner hospitals, pharmacies and labs, provides a total solution platform that will benefit Sri Lankan patients.
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Dr. Harsha Jayakody is a medical doctor and a healthcare entrepreneur, who has a special interest in artificial intelligence. Click here to read more about him.


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