MOSCOW(Sputnik) – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in conjunction with Tsifromed IT company — a subsidiary of state tech developer Rostec and Rostelecom network provider — as well as Doctis online medical consultation service is creating a joint venture (JV) to develop a unified telemedicine platform, the RDIF stated.
According to the Rostelecom president, Mikhail Oseyevsky, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the burden on the country’s healthcare system resulting in a shortage of doctors and resources. The current coronavirus-related measures limit visits to crowded places, including medical institutions, while elderly people are advised to stay at home.
According to expert estimates, the volume of the Russian telehealth market in 2019 amounted to 1.5 billion rubles ($18.9 million). It is expected that it will grow manyfold, as the pandemic has vastly stimulated the market for online medical consultations, deputy CEO of Rostec corporation Alexander Nazarov added.