Zero Hour: Russian government approves bill on telemedicine

2017-05-12

 Zero Hour: Russian government approves bill on telemedicine

The document was reviewed yesterday, on May 11. Deputies approved its main provisions and forwarded a bill for further approval to the State Duma. This was reported by the RBC media group.

The adoption of the document will open new opportunities for doctors. In particular, they will be able to monitor the health state of patients at distance, as well as make diagnosis remotely, issue electronic prescriptions and medical certificates.

Besides, doctors will be able to carry out remote meetings and consultations on medical issues. Primarily, this innovation is intended to facilitate the work of regional clinics and hospitals, which do not always have the necessary knowledge or equipment to diagnose complex diseases.

The bill also implies the creation of the Unified State Information System in the healthcare industry. It will include the data of all Russian healthcare institutions, relevant government agencies, registry of people with certain types of diseases and lists of electronic health records. Doctors from any healthcare facility (regardless of its location) will have access to the database.

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