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Roadmap to Integrate National Telemental Health Program and MHCA: Signboards that cannot be Ignored

UC Samudyatha, Pakha Tesia, Sonali Tesia, M Subramanyam

Keywords : COVID-19, eHealth, Telepsychiatry, Mental Healthcare Act

Citation Information : Samudyatha U, Tesia P, Tesia S, Subramanyam M. Roadmap to Integrate National Telemental Health Program and MHCA: Signboards that cannot be Ignored. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2022; 16 (1):50-52.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0111

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 16-03-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

The Union Budget 2022 was remarkable for its landmark mention of Mental Health. It is expected that the National Telemental Health Program would bridge the gap between the scattered human resources and needs in the country. The policy decision is welcome to the medical community in general since we can easily fathom the advantages. However, we must focus on how the new venture can be made sustainable and patient centric.


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