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Regulation

Telemedicine finds its moment in the sun. Is this a temporary push or a sign of wider acceptance?

The nationwide lockdown has had a twin effect — people with existing medical conditions are finding it difficult to visit hospitals and those with flu-like symptoms need medical assistance. To keep the physical healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed, telemedicine is the solution. Will this be the watershed moment for the segment?

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Regulation

Telemedicine finds its moment in the sun. Is this a temporary push or a sign of wider acceptance?

The nationwide lockdown has had a twin effect — people with existing medical conditions are finding it difficult to visit hospitals and those with flu-like symptoms need medical assistance. To keep the physical healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed, telemedicine is the solution. Will this be the watershed moment for the segment?

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Medical devices

India is staring at a medical-device crisis

The global lockdown has exposed the deep dependence of the Indian medical-devices industry on imports. The government has rushed to address the situation. But such a critical industry deserves a framework which is in tune with its needs. Being technology intensive and innovation driven, its regulation must constantly keep evolving.

Pharma

Clutching at straws, policymakers back hydroxychloroquine use in contagion battle. Safety, see you later.

Faced with a race against time, India’s top medical-research body has given the go-ahead to use hydroxychloroquine, an antiparasitic agent for malaria treatment, for prophylactic use among frontline healthcare workers. While physicians caution that this may be an ill-thought move, pharma manufacturers are sniffing opportunity.

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Healthcare

In depth: why South Korea is winning its fight against a pandemic

As Covid-19 cases emerged in China late last year, South Korea started mobilising resources for an outbreak. The country tested people for the virus at the fastest pace in the world, enabling early detection of patients, effective isolation, and timely treatment to reduce mortality.

24 Mar 20203 comments
Healthcare

Covid-19 is a clarion call for India to overhaul its healthcare infrastructure

India requires a capacity overhaul and a robust institutional framework to address healthcare policy concerns in unambiguous terms. To tackle the coronavirus, the country should leverage mobile technology to resolve problematic clusters of the outbreak. This would boost economic growth and the subsequent capacity generation would help monitor chronic conditions as well.

Investigation

The coronavirus danger nobody is talking about: the big holes in India’s testing systems

India neither has the infrastructure nor the preparedness that could have kept the number of coronavirus cases as low as it has reported. Experts say the reason could be sparse testing and the narrow inclusion criteria for undergoing tests. Setting up an elaborate diagnostics and testing mechanism will be key to containing the outbreak.

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