Public healthcare institutions step up as use of telemedicine grows

Dr Shravan Verma, chief executive of telemedicine firm Speedoc, which has seen demand for its services rising. Although many people find face-to-face consultations irreplaceable, there is now a bigger group that is open to using telemedicine. A patie
A patient at Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic being shown how to monitor her blood pressure at home and use a Bluetooth-enabled device that automatically transmits the readings to a care team, as part of a telehealth programme last year. As at January this year, at least 36,000 patients have sought medical help via video consultations, according to Integrated Health Information Systems data.ST FILE PHOTO
Dr Shravan Verma, chief executive of telemedicine firm Speedoc, which has seen demand for its services rising. Although many people find face-to-face consultations irreplaceable, there is now a bigger group that is open to using telemedicine. A patie
Dr Shravan Verma, chief executive of telemedicine firm Speedoc, which has seen demand for its services rising. Although many people find face-to-face consultations irreplaceable, there is now a bigger group that is open to using telemedicine. ST FILE PHOTO

Telemedicine has increased so significantly in the past year in the light of the pandemic that there seems to be no turning back.

And it is not just private telemedicine , but public healthcare institutions are stepping up as well.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2021, with the headline 'Public healthcare institutions step up as use of telemedicine grows'. Subscribe