Bengaluru: Deputy chief minister of Karnataka Ashwath Narayan said on Monday that telemedicine would soon be provided to people living in remote areas across Karnataka amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to the media Ashwath Narayan said "Telemedicine facilities will be made available in rural and remote areas across the state to contain the coronavirus spread in collaboration with the state IT department".

It is reported that Mysuru-based Skanray Healthcare firm will set up telemedicine facilities in remote villages to provide healthcare, including check-up and treatment, in collaboration with the state health department.

Ashwath added that “A tele-command centre will be set up in partnership with the state-run Keonics (Karnataka State Electronics Corporation Ltd) for providing medical services in remote areas, as the pandemic has disrupted the health sector".

Using a dedicated satellite of ISRO, telemedicine is the distribution of health-related services through information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The facility allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions.