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Telemedicine takes centre stage during COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Saleem Ahmed,
  2. Kaushal Sanghvi,
  3. Danson Yeo
  1. Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Dr Saleem Ahmed, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 308433, Singapore; ak_saleem_ahmed{at}


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly and overwhelm health systems around the world. To cope with this unprecedented usage of healthcare resources, increasingly novel solutions are being brought into the fray. Telemedicine has been thrust into the spotlight in the fight against COVID-19 and is being employed in many different ways to better tackle the challenges. Telemedicine will likely have a more permanent place in traditional healthcare delivery long after COVID-19 is over as users and providers recognise its utility.

  • infectious disease medicine
  • health planning
  • delivery of health care
  • global health

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  • Data availability statement There are no data in this work. Data sharing not applicable as no datasets generated and/or analysed for this study.