The pros and cons of technology in the field of medicine and its usage by medical professionals and patients was a major topic of discussion on the concluding day of annual paediatric conference in Indore on Sunday.
“The Internet and smart phones are simple, yet powerful means through which doctors can reach out to many patients. There are thousands of villages and towns, where specialist consultants are unavailable and as such patients have to travel long distances for treatment ,” said Dr Yatin Mehta.
“While telemedicine facility is a very costly set up, use of smart phones and internet can bridge such communication gap easily at a reduced cost. Even doctors can consult each other through them to find solutions for undiagnosed problems,” he added.
The easy access to internet has its disadvantages too especially when dealing with tech-savvy patients, the doctors felt. “At times, people read about diseases and cures over internet and go for self-diagnosis and take medication without consultation of doctors which leads to complications at times,” said Dr Manjulata Sharma.
“After reading articles over internet, a person sometimes proclaims himself/herself as a patient and psychologically accepts that they have a problem, though they are absolutely healthy. In such a case, it becomes very difficult to make them understand the truth,” Sharma added.
“People should follow only authentic websites for information; but then one should never go for self diagnosis and take medication without practitioner’s consultation,” the doctor advised.