The Government of Bhutan is planning to transform its healthcare scenario in the coming years by introducing telemedicine service across the country.

The projects, SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Telemedicine Network and Bhutan Rural Telemedicine, were launched by Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley and the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Sudhir Vyas, in the course of the ministry’s annual conference in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. It is to be noted that for the real-time video conferencing there shall be the requirement of an Internet bandwidth of 384 kbps, while the rural telemedicine will use the existing infrastructure of dial-up Internet connectivity.

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