A new survey carried out by networking solutions provider Cisco reveals that around four in five Indians are comfortable with 'virtual medicine' services, such as telemedicine and video-conferencing with doctors.
The survey was part of a wider study carried out by Cisco who polled over 1,500 consumers and healthcare decision makers with a sample size of 200 respondents in each of the 10 countries. The researchers found that nearly 88 percent of respondents from India were happy to interact with their doctors virtually instead of meeting them personally.
Overall, around 94 percent of the total respondents were also comfortable storing their health records in the cloud with a high degree of security which would allow them and their healthcare providers to access the data easily.
"Virtual healthcare is no longer a myth and this report is an indication of how technology can potentially play a greater role in enabling access to virtual healthcare. Nearly half of all consumers surveyed said they would be comfortable getting health information through social media channels", Cisco general manager Vishal Gupta said.