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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66

COVID-19 and digital health

Cardiolologist, Ex- principal Basaveshwar Medical college and hospital, Chitradurga, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission14-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance21-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication16-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
K S Somashekhar
Cardiolologist, Ex- principal Basaveshwar Medical college and hospital, Chitradurga, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_37_20

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Somashekhar K S. COVID-19 and digital health. Int J Oral Health Sci 2020;10:66

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Somashekhar K S. COVID-19 and digital health. Int J Oral Health Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Aug 16];10:66. Available from: https://www.ijohsjournal.org/text.asp?2020/10/2/66/309451

Coronavirus infection has affected people of all nations around the world. The influenza flu pandemic of 1918 did not make much news similar to corona because digital health was not there during that time. Corona which originated from Wuhan China in November 2019 spread worldwide in rapid speed through airborne infection.

COVID-19 has affected >56 million people with mortality more than 2% in some countries. It has ruined the economy of many countries; the USA with major health infrastructure is worst affected and accounted for 20% of total cases. The second wave of increased incidence is reported in many countries. Amnesty International in September 2020 has reported more than 7000 health-care workers who have died all over the world, 573 in India alone. There is no specific treatment till now. Preventive vaccination is still distant for all people.

In contrast, corona has taught many people about the importance of hygiene. It has changed the work culture of many people. Working from a distance has become the order of the day in software companies, reducing the burden of office expenditures and travel expenses.

Health-care scenario has also changed significantly. Telemedicine is distribution of health-related information and service via electronic media. It created long-distance patient–clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, monitoring, and advice. It is estimated that telehealth market is projected to grow from the present 39 billion USD to 192 billion USD by 2025. 1000s of companies have jumped into development and competing for market share in telehealth.

Medical education teaching and training of young doctors is changing to distant learning technologies through zoom or similar technologies. Telehealth application describes four key domains: (1) live video, (2) store and forward, (3) remote patient monitoring, and (4) mobile health.

Medical practice slowly drifting toward machine driven, artificial intelligence, today robots are replacing the surgeons, nurses, and hospital services. Telehealth is helping the distant rural people's health care, affordable and accessible. We have to look COVID as a catalyst for changing health-care system. The future generation of doctors has to learn additional skills of digital medical applications.


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