The world health organization collaborating center for emergency and trauma (WHO-CCET) in South East Asia, the world academic council of emergency medicine (WACEM), and the American college of academic international medicine (ACAIM) 2021 framework for using telemedicine technology at healthcare institutions

Veronica Sikka*, Salvatore Somma, Sagar Galwankar, Sagar Sinha, Nidhi Garg, Neilesh Talwalkar, Sona Garg, Prashant Mahajan, Vivek Chauhan, Lisa Moreno-Walton, Siddharth Dubhashi, Vibha Dutta, Venkataramanaiah Saddikuti, Prabath B. Nanayakkara, Joydeep Grover, Ketan Paranjape, Sarman Singh, Pushpa Sharma1, Sanjeev Bhoi, Tejprakash SinhaStanislaw Stawicki, Manish Garg, Indrani Sardesai

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The coronavirus disease 2019 crisis has forced the world to integrate telemedicine into health delivery systems in an unprecedented way. To deliver essential care, lawmakers, physicians, patients, payers, and health systems have all adopted telemedicine and redesigned delivery processes with accelerated speed and coordination in a fragmented way without a long-term vision or uniformed standards. There is an opportunity to learn from the experiences gained by this pandemic to help shape a better health-care system that standardizes telemedicine to optimize the overall efficiency of remote health-care delivery. This collaboration focuses on four pillars of telemedicine that will serve as a framework to enable a uniformed, standardized process that allows for remote data capture and quality, aiming to improve ongoing management outside the hospital. In this collaboration, we recommend learning from this experience by proposing a telemedicine framework built on the following four pillars-patient safety and confidentiality; metrics, analytics, and reform; recording of audio-visual data as a health record; and reimbursement and accountability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of emergencies, trauma, and shock
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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