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    Can professional doctors prescribe medicines through video conferencing?

    Is it possible and acceptable to consult doctors and take their prescriptions based solely on a video conference consultation? What are your views on this?

    Health is an important issue suffered by most people amidst lockdown, so can video conference facilities provide a minor benefit to the patients? There are patients who have some viral fevers, pre and post maternity health issues, minor accidents occurred indoors, and the like. Can doctors suggest prescription and post it in WhatsApp and fees can be paid through online payment modes?

    It may depend on the doctor's experience and type of health issues but when only tablets and creams can cure some health issues can they use the video conferencing method? How far can this method work? Is there any possibility for such procedures? Can it be accepted on the whole by the community? Are there any restrictions imposed on the doctors by their licensee?

    This thread is raised to understand the implications only. It may or may not be true.
  • #695976
    This is not a difficult thing to achieve and can be done in two ways. First is that the doctor would informally prescribe some general medicines and ask the patient to go for some tests and then would ask to send those reports to him by WhatsApp or any such app and based on that might prescribe some medicine or ask the patient for going for more tests. He can have a video chat also with the patient. It is convenient for the patient but difficult for the doctor as without seeing the patient thoroughly, he might err in his judgement. Second option is Govt can make it a formal channel through a common application where the prescription and communication between the patient and doctors would be stored in an archive so that if the patient suddenly dies of some allergic reaction or heart attack, people should not blame the doctor that as he had not seen the patient physically and hence did some grave error in his diagnosis. So this thing would work well if the doctor is properly protected against the misuse of this mode by some people. To start with it can be inducted for the senior citizens who cannot visit the doctor more often.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #695977
    In AP Tele medicine is introduced in the Covid-19 situation, where government doctors will talk with patients through mobile conferencing. Patients have to talk with the doctors by video calling with special numbers provided for the purpose. For small ailments doctors prescribe medicines through telemedicine procedure. Even the government hospitals through this method are sending medicines to patient house free of cost. Government has announced large number of people got benefited through this method and so they want to continue this method forever in A.P. Government also saying by following this method overcrowding at OP's of government hospitals can be reduced. In course of time throughout India this method may be followed to better serve the need of people.

  • #695982
    It is a very good question. I mean how different can it be from consulting a doctor from Ask Experts section of ISC or some other online medical experts forum? It is very viable. Doctors can use video conferencing to diagnose and treat.
    But there are the following problems:
    1. Administering syringes require a certain level for professionalism and patient.
    2. There are things that doctors can't see from video call, say the color of your mouth and tongue. Or your heart beat (but lately heart beat measuring devices are all around everyone).
    3. It's the psychology. There's a quote that says people visit hospitals not to get better but to feel better. Hospitals in themselves provide a sanitised, safe environment that makes us feel we are saved. We are in right hands. That will be missing in a non contact diagnosis.

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #695983
    Owing to current curbs and problems. those who are ailing and needs regular attention of the doctors are bound to take their suggestion and go further with improvements. In this case tele- consultations has become the order of the day wherein the family doctors are contacted and told about the right ailments and the doctor would prescribe the medicine in writing on his doctor letter head and that can be shown to the medical practitioner to give the medicine. And the doctor fee is transferred through online. And the medical shops would accept the social media photo of the doctor prescription to provide the medicine. But these are applicable to normal disease and not the chronic ones which needs the experts attention followed by the diagnostic tests. But it all depends on the faith and following of the patients.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #696012
    Prescriptions of medicines through teleconferencing, may or may not serve the purpose depending upon the information passed on the by the patients. It may so happen that with the limited informations, the doctor would be able to prescribe some medicine which could suit the medicine. But this does not mean that the doctor has ensured the availability of all symptoms. If some informations relating to disease/ or lacking any essential test required for that disease could not be made available, a serious lapse may occur including the fatalities.
    Moreover, the psychological part in the video conferencing is absent because of direct contact between the patient and the doctor, it may not be produce the desired results sometimes.

  • #696021
    I never prefer prescribing medicines online based on video conferencing. Instead of that, the patients can sit with a doctor and then on the video he can contact a specialist doctor, so that communication will go to the professional doctor through another doctor and it will be a professional discussion. Then the only prescription online is safe. Even small ointments which will be applied for the skin only can also cause problems. They can cause allergy and we don't know what to do for that allergy. When a patient goes to a doctor, a doctor will see the pulse rate which is very important for assessing the medical condition of a patient. This is not possible in online treatment.
    At least one time personally meeting the doctor is very important so that the doctor will be aware of the general medical condition of the patient and further consultations can be done online.
    I suggest treatment by normal consultancy by a doctor is always preferable than contactin them online.

    always confident

  • #696115
    I don't think a proper diagnosis is possible online through video conferencing or otherwise and I doubt whether it is being done. I have heard about online consulting and in such cases, the diagnosis is already done and the doctor is consulted for some aggravation in the illness or change in medicines etc. I doubt whether any doctor would be able to arrive at a diagnosis or prescribe some medicines simply by listening to the symptoms. In cases where the patient is already aware of his ailment, a doctor may, based on the test results and symptoms etc, give some guidance. It may be effective for some small and common ailments but for most of the diseases, as a layman, I don't think such consulting would be effective or risk-free.
    'Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power'. -Lao Tzu

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