New Delhi:  With health services getting advance by adopting new scientific technologies, one of the new technology, the Teleconsultation has emerged as a huge boon and kept the ship of healthcare in India, afloat.

 Executive Member- Federation of Hospital Administrator
from online consultations and a renowned Epidemiologist and Principal Investigator for National Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Dr Naresh Purohit said that the web has opened new possibilities to cardiovascular care for millions and brought a revolution in simple Electrocardiograms (ECGs), blood pressure monitoring, to virtual surgery.He said that that telehealth technologies is a game changer amid pandemic .

According to Dr Purohit , before the pandemic, Cardio Vascular Diseases ( CVD) was the leading cause of death amongst non- communicable diseases (NCD). Corona is a communicable disease, but it has secondary effects on the heart and blood vessels, and hence it has become a double trouble public health issue. He said that 520 million people were suffering from CVD and were at increased risk due to the Corona pandemic.18.6 million deaths occur worldwide due to CVD this is more than HIV, Malaria and Cancer deaths; with Corona, this number has jumped exponentially.

Expressing concern over data privacy, he said that with all rapid digital transformation, there are challenges and data privacy was a major concern. Apart from data privacy technology compatibility and the need for human contact was also a cause of concern for health service providers. 

 Dr Purohit stated that while telehealth technologies could be a game-changer for the world’s health, there’s a huge digital barrier keeping billions out of this system. Almost half the globe lives without a basic internet connection and many more people lack the technology they need to use digital healthcare services. To fully unleash the promise of the web to improve treatment and protect lives, government must invest to expand internet access to everyone.

Acclaimed physician pointed that the pandemic drove the uptake of digital solutions much faster than expected. It is now crucial to increase the use and scope of telemedicine to include disease awareness and facilitating patient access to medical care. 

As for the longer-term outlook, it will be critical to improve cardiovascular disease prevention by addressing various risk factors such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease, accompanied by a holistic approach to patient care.

According to a recent report of the  Cardiological Society of India the only way that digital health can successfully prevent escalating heart disorders is if it is paired with cardiac testing. Blood sugar and blood pressure can be measured at home with the help of devices like Glucometers and digital B.P. monitoring devices.
Cardiac testing includes blood tests that analyse certain cardiac markers such as cholesterol and triglyceride levels, ECG and few other tests to see if  heart rhythm is normal and there are no blockages in the valves. The blood tests can be easily booked from the comfort of the patients home and just a few other tests require one to visit the hospital. .

Dr Purohit averred that  we must continue advancing technology to help shape the future of equitable access to healthcare. This is particularly true for rare and lesser-known conditions, such as amyloid cardiomyopathy, where digital connections can improve awareness, education and access to information and care.