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Telemedicine offers affordable, accessible health care during COVID-19

  • Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  04:54 pm
Health goes digital: Getting a physician’s advice through a digital healthcare platform such as Halodoc has become the norm during the current health crisis. Those who use the platform can also buy prescribed medicines, food supplements and personal grooming products.(JP/Muthi Kautsar)

The ongoing global health crisis had caused disruptions to many aspects of life, including accessing healthcare services. For people in need of medical assistance or advice, going to a hospital amid the increasing cases of coronavirus infection can be terrifying, considering the risk of exposure or worse, contracting, the disease. In many cases, however, medical consultation is urgently needed and cannot be postponed any longer. This is where telemedicine comes in to play a significant role, meeting people’s healthcare needs without their having to leave home. Telemedicine, which involves using technology to provide medical consultations remotely, requires only an internet connection and a smartphone or other mobile internet device to consult with a licensed physician. The Jakarta Post recently tried out the Halodoc healthcare platform, which supports medical consultations...