Telemedicine During a Pandemic: Challenges, Opportunities & Way Forward at a Tertiary Care Hospital

Sadia Masood, Zainab Samad, Sarah Nadeem, Unzela Ghulam

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Telemedicine is utilized to deliver health care services remotely. TM gained popularity as a result of pandemics, it can help the patients to get required medical care while sitting in the comfortable environment of their homes. In the future, it will continue to be used as a convenient, cost-effective patient care modality. This cross-sectional study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital, the objectives were to identify challenges faced by physicians during teleconsultations, recognize the opportunities and strengths of this modality during pandemic in a lower-income country. The self-made questionnaire was filled through an online medium and responses were recorded on a five-point Likert scale. A total of 83 participants were enrolled in this study. Most of them were Associate professors (29.8%), Assistant professors (26.2%), the ratio of the females was (52.4%) greater than males (47.6%). 46 (54.8%) lie between the age group 30–40 years. Pediatricians and senior instructors faced more difficulty in using telemedicine. The ones having clinical experience of less than 15 years or categorized in the age of 50–60 years faced challenges while using this modality. During the current pandemic, situation telemedicine is the only glimmer of light to provide better quality health care. Telemedicine is an innovative strategy and it is important to understand the perception of physicians about it. Incomplete and inadequate infrastructure and attitude of the physicians are the main obstacles toward successful implementation of telemedicine. Successful installation and deployment of this technology require a complete grasp of the process among physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalHospital Topics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • barrier
  • challenges
  • pandemic
  • teleconsultation
  • Telemedicine


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