The Recent Trends in Telemedicine in the era of COVID-19 and Policy Recommendations for the Balanced growth of Healthcare Service Industry in Korea

COVID-19 시대 국내외 원격의료 동향과 의료서비스산업의 균형 성장을 위한 정책 제언

  • Lee, Jaehee (Dept. of Health Care Management, Gachon University)
  • 이재희 (가천대학교 의료경영학과)
  • Received : 2020.11.01
  • Accepted : 2020.11.18
  • Published : 2020.11.30


Since COVID-19's 1st pandemic came in February 2020, the demand for telemedicine grew greatly that in most countries the deregulation for telemedicine policy have been implemented in more countries. Also in Korea, with the name of 'Non-face-to-face Treatment' telemedicine began to be approved. Telemedicine having strength in chronic disease management has been effective in more and more specialties along with the recent development of ICT that it is expected to contribute to the improvement of the quality of healthcare service and creation of new treatment model. On the contrary it may also exacerbate the distortion in the hospital healthcare service industry in Korea, which is the excessive tipping toward large hospitals. So the dual promotion policy approach in which the settlement of family doctors system extensively utilizing telemedicine for chronic disease management and the support for tertiary hospitals and hospitals focusing on treating foreign patients to provide quality service using telemedicine technology are pursued simultaneously are recommended.