500% spike in online medical consultation under lockdown: Practo report

50 million Indians used telemedicine, 62 per cent of psychiatry consultation was sought by youngsters in the age group of 21-30 years

Shibu Tripathi New Delhi

More than 50 per cent of all e-consultations were related to the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

People have been switching to online for medical consultation, with healthcare infrastructure in India coming under immense pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic. There has been a 500 per cent growth in online medical consultations between March-May 2020, healthcare aggregator Practo said in a report.

While 50 million Indians accessed healthcare through telemedicine during the lockdown period, 80 per cent of all users were first-timers.

The report titled, "How India accessed healthcare", points out that 67 per cent of the consultations resulted in in-person visits by doctors.


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First Published: Jun 22 2020 | 6:46 PM IST

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