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Doctors Juggle Court Appearances and Appointments with Video Conferencing

August 07, 2017

If any group of people should be allowed to go about their work day without being interrupted, it’s doctors. All doctors, whether in a hospital or an office, have an important job to do and can’t afford to be constantly pulled away from their work. Patients’ lives depend on doctors’ availability, so forcing them to leave the workplace for any purpose is unnecessarily endangering countless lives.

However, doctors in India have been having a hard time seeing to their patients lately. It’s common practice for doctors to attend court hearings related to accidents, assault, sexual assault, and other related cases. Orthopedics, gynecologists, x-ray technicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists and so on can all be called upon as experts in cases where a person’s physical or mental health is in question.

While having a doctor present is often beneficial to court cases, it certainly doesn’t help the patients that are hoping to see those doctors for medical check-ups or emergencies. According to The Times of India, four to five doctors from the General Hospital in Civil lines have to go to courts to attend hearings on a regular basis. With around 2,500 people visiting the hospital every day, patients have to wait for hours to get a consultation. Sometimes, patients have to return multiple days in a row before they’re finally able to meet with a doctor. And, as I’m sure you can imagine, this can be especially dangerous when it comes to medical emergencies.

Luckily, the Indian government has put to video conferencing equipment in place that should make appearing in court much easier for doctors. Instead of physically going to the courthouse, all doctors may now attend their evidence hearings through video conferencing.

“A video conferencing area too has been set up in the hospital premises. A part of the MRI room has been segregated for the purpose. The doctors will produce their evidences and attend the hearings from here. They can attend the patients before and after the court hearing,” said Dr BK Rajora, chief medical officer, Gurugram.

This new endeavor will undoubtedly save countless lives. Doctors no longer have to leave the hospital for hearings, effectively cutting out travel time. That time can now be used to see patients and help boost the number of diagnoses that can be given in one day. In this way, video conferencing is once again helping to save lives.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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