Diagnosis of ailments as well as patient care in some parts of the world – West Africa, Central Asia, Middle East are still suboptimal. Based on the good reputation of Indian doctors, various entities in India, including the Government are pushing the case for Medical Tourism.
Although the healthcare in India is far cheaper than any of the Western Countries; in absolute terms it can still cost a lot. Here comes in a scope for medium which empowers the patient overseas to gauge the need to come to India.
Consider this – I live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am a patient suffering from an advanced disorder and am consulting a specialist doctor from Mumbai. Won’t it be great if I can share my latest reports (done in my home town) with the doctor easily through the internet. This will not only keep the doctor up-to-date with my latest medical findings, but also enable him to promptly advise me whether I need to travel to Mumbai.
Sharing of records can be done via email. However, this may make it difficult for the doctor to compare the latest findings with the previous ones. So you need one place where you can store all your records, in the way the doctor wants to view it – so he / she can easily compare you current results with historical ones – this makes a case for web based EHR.
This may be applicable in B and C-tier towns in India as well – when a patient needs to looks for a doctor in a metro for an opinion.