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|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2005 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 242
UK Misra1, J Kalita1, SK Mishra2, RK Yadav2
1 Departments of Neurology, Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS, Lucknow, India
2 Departments of Endosurgery, Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS, Lucknow, India
|Date of Acceptance||12-May-2005|
U K Misra
Departments of Neurology, Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS, Lucknow
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Misra U K, Kalita J, Mishra S K, Yadav R K. Authors' Reply. Neurol India 2005;53:242
We read with interest the comments on our paper entitled 'Telemedicine in neurology: underutilized potential.' Doubtlessly there is great awareness about the virtues of telemedicine in India and a number of interested groups have been applying it for teleconsultation for patient care. On Medline search, however, only a few articles on teleneurology are seen from India, most of which have been cited in our paper. The groups that have been practicing telemedicine but have not published their experience in Indexed journals are not cited in our paper. It is important that the experience of different groups should be documented and brought to the notice of the scientific community so that the leadership of India in the field of software should also be extended to the field of telemedicine. It is heartening that after the publication of our paper, a few more articles on telemedicine have been published from India and are mentioned in the above-mentioned comments.
Currently, there is increasing interest in telemedicine in different regions of our country; however, the application of telemedicine has inherent contradictions. On one hand, telemedicine is needed for the development and health care of remote areas, which are often inaccessible and economically backward. On the other hand, telemedicine requires broadband telecommunication infrastructure, hardware and trained manpower all of which are expensive. However, for interested groups both governmental and private funding agencies should come forward and provide the much needed support. Telemedicine cannot be practiced in isolation; it is a group activity and its essence is connectivity and collaboration. The scope of telemedicine should be widened to include teaching and research besides patient care.
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|1.||Misra UK, Kalita J, Misra SK, Yadav RK. Telemedicine in neurology: underutilized potential. Neurol India 2005; 53:27-31. |