A study by Cable and Wireless Worldwide (a global telecom company) in the UK, India, Singapore, Germany and Spain proves that the trend is catching in on Bangalore as well. The study states that 54 per cent of Indians would prefer medical consultation through video conferencing and telecommunication.
Dr Nagendra Swami, president of Manipal Health Enterprises said, "We have 15 hospitals in the country and one in Kathmandu, but a specialist or super specialist is not necessarily required at every single place. We simply share expertise via video conferencing."
Narayana Hrudayalaya, since 2001, has been providing medical services through video conferencing to remote nodes in the country, and several abroad.
"Webcam counselling is as good as direct interaction and helps patient and doctor to be in constant touch without having to travel," city-based psychologist Dr Vinaya Prabha V Baligar said.