Medical Council of India, the Apex Medical Regulator has notified the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines 2020, formally amending the Indian Medical Council ( Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) Regulations, 2002.
The Guidelines apparently have been issued so that the healthcare fraternity does have clarity on how to leverage Telemedicine effectively to enhance care in remote areas without having any legal hassles.
Telemedicine can’t be used to conduct surgical and invasive procedure remotely, it says.
As per the Gazette notification, consultation through Telemedicine by the registered medical practitioners under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 shall be permissible in accordance with Telemedicine practice guidelines.
Telemedicine practice guidelines are designed to serve as an aid and tool to enable registered medical practitioners to effectively leverage the technology to enhance health services and access to all in India, it further states.
The new regulations which have been termed Indian Medical Council ( Professional Conduct, Etiquette, and Ethics) (Amendments) Regulations, 2020, shall be deemed effective from 25th March, 2020, a date when the government provided approval.