A guide to telemedicine policies and problems in India

This post originally appeared on Karana’s blog , this iteration has a TOC, more references and has been edited to make things clearer. Many of these updates especially the footnotes were due to Dr. Verghese Thomas’s comments. Introduction This post builds on the questions that were raised in the talk: Telemedicine Policies and Standards in India ,…… Continue reading A guide to telemedicine policies and problems in India

Forces

“What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?” A young priest fresh out of seminary once asked me, when he learned that I was a fan of philosophy and other arcane things. I remember the delight on his face, watching me struggle to come up with an answer. He did not give me…… Continue reading Forces

Video of the talk Telemedicine Policies and Standards in India

Dr. Gowri Kulkarni addresses doctor attitudes and components of practicing telemedicine, Jasmine George of Hidden Pockets speaks of patient experiences, experiences with seeking sexual and reproductive health online and access to safe abortions using telemedicine. Everything I said is reproduced and augmented in an earlier post on telemedicine policies in India. Here I will point…… Continue reading Video of the talk Telemedicine Policies and Standards in India

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Let’s welcome automation in clinical medicine

The longer I work in clinical medicine, the firmer my belief that a truly patient-centrist health system can be built only if we move away from hospital-centric medicine and let patients take charge of their health. We need to consciously/purposefully move towards a clinical model where parts of the decision making process are augmented and…… Continue reading Let’s welcome automation in clinical medicine

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Outercourse

I heard the term “outercourse’ for the first time in college. We were in a consultation room and in walks a resident to discuss a case with the prof. He says “sir patient has done outercourse and wants to take ipill”. The prof gave him a lecture about how you don’t have to discuss every…… Continue reading Outercourse

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Digital health – Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

Dr. John provided us with an excellent summary of the ills of the specialization/hospitalization system in his article here. A summary of what he said is: Provide good primary care, not flashy (digital) solutions and tertiary care complexes.  There is no doubt that primary care needs to be the foundation of good healthcare however, it…… Continue reading Digital health – Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

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Our basic nature

“It is one of my fundamental beliefs that not only do we inherently posses the potential for compassion but I believe  that the basic or underlying nature of human beings is gentleness. —[Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama] For most of my life, I have held that man is essentially a base, angry, hurtful animal. Gentleness and kindness are acquired through…… Continue reading Our basic nature

Petition to ban archaic/unscientific procedures during medical examination for sexual assault

Posting an email sent  by Sana [CEHAT] Greetings from CEHAT! As you must be certainly aware, the ‘Delhi Gang Rape Case’ has drawn some attention to the role of health systems in responding to sexual assault and rape. In this light, some of us – CEHAT, Human Rights Watch, and academics from JNU – have…… Continue reading Petition to ban archaic/unscientific procedures during medical examination for sexual assault

Not silence but Verse: Call for poetry against Violence

It’s violence against women (VAW) awareness month, and Prajnya  is calling you to submit poetry Send us original, powerful, evocative poems in English, Hindi or Tamil (Haikus or Tankas only!) on the theme ‘No Violence, No Silence’ Last date for submissions: 10 November 2012 Email us: prajnya.16days@gmail.com (Download the .pdf version of the call here.)…… Continue reading Not silence but Verse: Call for poetry against Violence

Tag at source

Back in the day when pirating music was a big thing, I too had an impressive 40 GB collection. When I say “back in the day” I am talking about the time when internet was all dial-up and the fastest broadband available was 128kbps. 40GB of mp3s is more than you can listen to in…… Continue reading Tag at source

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