Future of Telemedicine in Pakistan Amidst COVID-19

Covid-19 has taken its toll on the entire world by bringing everything to a halt. The fear of getting infected became quite an obstacle for patients and doctors alike to overcome and get treated of problems that were rampant along with Covid-19.

A more imperative challenge had also been to protect the medical providers so that they could continue with their selfless services or the nation. Merely within the first two months of fighting Covid-19 we lost approximately 253 brave healthcare professionals to this unfortunate virus. The growing concern was to come up with a solution that could facilitate the provision of a doctor’s consultation without the fear of contracting the virus for both parties.

And thus, the world of telemedicine was tapped once again which was otherwise get overshadowed in the on-going hustle of one-on-one consultation and the prayer of health experts advocating for telemedicine were finally heard courtesy of this deadly virus.

Growing Popularity of Telemedicine Portals

Numerous telemedicine portals observed a sudden spike in their usage as medical professionals and patients resorted to the practice of telemedicine more and more. People could finally find some relief and get medical consultation from the comfort of their homes. While coronavirus is known to alter certain human behaviors for good, the habit of opting for telemedicine seems to be one of them.

Hospitals all over the country are more inclined to configure high functioning online platforms to cater to their online patients without any glitch. One such example is Jinnah Hospital that partnered with CloudClinik and set up a telemedicine portal in an attempt to be available for their patients through online mediums. With continued successful reviews of patients and doctors alike, it is a high possibility that telemedicine in Pakistan will flourish and grow stronger even in a world post Covid-19.

Rise of Virtual Care Systems

The acceptance of telemedicine will further give a boost to more advancement in virtual care and medicinal technology. It will prove to be an impressive step especially for the care of the elderly for whom visiting the doctor in person becomes a task of its own. While it may take some time to overcome roadblocks such as poor internet connectivity for the masses, the need for telemedicine will prove helpful in expediting the process making the future of telehealth portals bright and promising.