Telemedicine is one of the fastest growing verticals in the world. According to some reports, the telemedicine market in USA has grown from USD 4.2 billion in 2007 to over USD 10 billion in 2012. In India also this sector is witnessing a rapid growth, even though we dont have access to the exact figures. Telemedicine is now being seen by noted healthcare experts in the country as the most viable way for expanding the reach and scope of healthcare in the country.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhopal is now on the verge of offering two-way consultations. Once the system becomes fully functional, telemedicine service will be extended to even district hospitals in the state. Such telemedicine ideas are also being pursued by other government hospitals. Once better e-connectivity is in place, the potential of health information technology and telemedicine will be immense.
In this issue of eHealth magazine, we are focusing on the important areas of medical education. We have interacted with a range of stakeholders to find out the main issues and challenges that are being faced by this sector.Until there are some serious reforms undertaken in the area of medical education, there cannot be any significant improvement in the quality of healthcare in the country. The scope of medical education needs to be enhanced through the usage of digital education tools.
We are also having a special feature on IVF, which includes interviews of doctors and clinicians from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi/NCR. News of a 42 year-old woman in London hit headlines as she became the first in the world to give birth to a baby conceived using a pioneering IVF time-lapse photography technique to pick the best embryo. The technique monitors the growth of the embryo, to select the one which is most likely to result in a successful pregnancy. Now imagine the benefits that such cutting-edge IVF technologies can bring to childness couples in India.
On 23-24 July, 2013, we are having the eINDIA 2013 event at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad. As you might know, last years eINDIA had been a great success, as many key stakeholders from the areas of Governance, Healthcare and Education, had gathered to discuss and deliberate upon the ways by which new technologies can be used for public benefit. This year also we are going to have a vibrant healthcare track at the eINDIA 2013. We hope that you will be there at the eINDIA 2013 to contribute to the discussions that take place.