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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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

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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Morality, reason and Porn-gate (impressive title, eh?)

Three ministers in Karnataka’s legislative assembly resigned today following a TV expose  showing them watching a porn clip in the assembly. While the MLAs were defensive at first and claimed that they were doing research, their resignations and the multiple inquiries that have been ordered seals their fates. Opposition MLAs and the media has painted…… Continue reading Morality, reason and Porn-gate (impressive title, eh?)

India & the sex selection conundrum

Let us agree to go beyond billboard exhortations to ‘love the girl child.   There is nothing to disagree about the thesis of the article. The girl child is precious and vital for the well-being of our nation. The girl child is not doing very well in spite of all that we are doing for…… Continue reading India & the sex selection conundrum

How to get your book banned in India: a step by step guide

If you are an astute observer of the world like I, whatever your religious or ideological affiliation, one thing is obvious: getting your book banned is great for sales. Lets face it, book-writers are an impoverished lot. Few of them (us?) manage to get any royalties and fewer still can live off them. In the…… Continue reading How to get your book banned in India: a step by step guide

The Cathartist replies to Pervocracy on Consent culture

Molly, the author of Pervocracy a fantastic blog about sex, BDSM, and feminism, featured Consent Culture recently. She talks about how consent is the standard/default behavior we need to work towards. The post is thought provoking. While we know that consent is a great way to equalize the sex equation, we still havent found ways on how…… Continue reading The Cathartist replies to Pervocracy on Consent culture