New Delhi: To take some load off the health sector, the government has issued telemedicine guidelines which won’t require you to physically visit a doctor for a check-up. You can do it over a phone call, or text or WhatsApp messages. Also Read - Lockdown Day 2 Updates: Total Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 130, 35 Private Labs Given Nod to Conduct COVID-19 Tests

The notification says, “Disasters and pandemics pose unique challenges to providing health care. Though telemedicine will not solve them all, it is well suited for scenarios in which medical practitioners can evaluate and manage patients. A telemedicine visit can be conducted without exposing staff to viruses/infections in the times of such outbreaks. Telemedicine practice can prevent the transmission of infectious diseases reducing the risks to both health care workers and patients. Unnecessary and avoidable exposure of the people involved in the delivery of healthcare can be avoided using telemedicine and patients can be screened remotely. It can provide rapid access to medical practitioners who may not be immediately available in person. In addition, it makes available extra working hands to provide physical care at the respective health institutions. Thus, health systems that are invested in telemedicine are well-positioned to ensure that patients with Covid-19 kind of issues receive the care they need. Also Read - Katrina Kaif Turns Her Brooming Session Into Cricket Game Amid Coronavirus Lockdown | Watch

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1. It won’t be anonymous. Both the patient and the registered medical practitioner (RMP) need to know each other’s identity
2. RMP should verify and confirm a patient’s identity by name, age, address, email ID, phone number, registered ID or any other identification as may be deemed to be appropriate. The RMP should ensure that there is a mechanism for a patient to verify the credentials and contact details of the RMP.
3. For issuing a prescription, the RMP needs to explicitly ask the age of the patient, and if there is any doubt, seek age proof. Where the patient is a minor, after confirming the age, teleconsultation would be allowed only if the minor is consulting along-with an adult whose identity needs to be
4. An RMP should begin the consultation by informing the patient about his/her name and qualifications.
5. Every RMP shall display the registration number accorded to him/her by the State Medical Council/National Medical Commission, on prescriptions, website, electronic communication (WhatsApp/ email etc.) and receipts etc. given to his/her patients.