India’s new telemedicine guidelines

Winston Churchill is said to have remarked that a good crisis should not be wasted, and the Government of India has concurred. Following long periods without any clarity on whether the practice of telemedicine was legal, culminating in the decision of the Bombay High Court in Deepa Sanjeev Pawaskar & Anr v the State of Maharashtra, following which the legitimacy of practising telemedicine was questioned, the Ministry of Health, has issued the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines (Guidelines), and provided some legitimacy to the practice.

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