Dr. H S Chhabra
Dr. Promod Kohli
Dean Medical education and Medicolegal consultant, Nayati Medicity, Mathura
At a time, when social distancing is among the major measures used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has been augmented as a key technology for safe and efficient communications and consultations. It is said to help in mitigating risk by minimising the number of face-to-face interactions.
Moreover, the WHO recently mentioned Telehealth among essential services in “strengthening the Health Systems Response to COVID-19” policy. According to this new policy, within the optimising service delivery action, telemedicine should be one of the alternative models for clinical services and clinical decision support.
In the same light, India too stepped-up telehealth as soon as the pandemic hit us. The response has been impressive. Many telehealth providers have already begun to face a tsunami of demand, which may be better described as global real-time piloting and go live. However, there are some barriers that need to overcome.
Express Healthcare’s next webinar focusses on Telehealth: Best practices and key learnings. The discussions in this educative session will delve into understanding how providers can effectively utilise telehealth services to stay connected to their existing patients and reach out to those who are in need of health services. It will also look at regulatory aspects, new guidelines that have come up and how providers can sustain this activity post-COVID.
The Indian Spinal Injuries Center is a member of Telemedicine Society of India. He has been instrumental in hosting the 2019 annual conference of the society from between November 29 to December 1, 2019. His centre has been running Telemedicine services since March 2017 Telerehabiliation as well as telenursing services since April 2015 and December 2019 respectively. Dr Chhabra is the Chief Coordinator and Editor of www.elearnSCI.org, a tele education portal of the International Spinal Cord Society. He is also the Principle Investigator of IDaP (International Spinal Cord Society Database project), a tele- research portal of the International Spinal Cord Society.
Dr Promod Kohli, Dean Medical education and Medicolegal consultant, Nayati Medicity, Mathura: Dr Kohli has served in Artemis Hospital Gurgaon as Head of General Surgery & Trauma and Dean Medical education for about 4 years. He was instrumental in getting the DNB programmes started the hospital and established the concepts of credentialing & privileging, SOPs, clinical audit, patient safety programs & medicolegal protocols.
He has served as Medical Director of Mahavir Super speciality Hospital, Surat and Dean Medical Education at Metro Hospitals, Noida, where I was instrumental in streamlining healthcare systems and starting DNB & other programs besides getting NABH.
Presently He is working as Dean Medical Education and Medico-legal Consultant with Nayati Medicity at Mathura. His expertise in telehealth is based on his interest in the subject for the last several years. He has been educating medical professionals and hospitals to utilise this mode of practice - both in clinical work as well as in medical education, training and up-skilling. He has always been conscious of its limitations and risks, besides so many advantages that it provides to the care seeker as well as a care provider. I have been associated with several online health portals, drafting their consents and MOUs.
A Microbio-Biochem graduate, with a post-graduate diploma in Mass Communications, Viveka Roychowdhury is a journalist with close to 2 decades of experience on the pharma and healthcare beat. She started her career as Editor of the in-house journal of one of India's oldest pharma companies before joining as a Reporter on the pharma beat in the Financial Express, Mumbai. She was part of the editorial team that started Express Pharma Pulse in 1994, which was at the time, India's first pharma focused business publication. She has been Editor, Express Pharma from July 2007 and Editor, Express Healthcare since September 2010. She has been invited as a speaker, panelist at industry conferences as well as a guest lecturer at mass communication institutes, speaking on science, health & environmental reporting.