Indian J Psychol Med. 2020 Oct 20;42(5 Suppl):80S-84S. doi: 10.1177/0253717620958163. eCollection 2020 Oct.
As telemedicine gained both importance and momentum following COVID -19 pandemic, Telemedicine Practise Guidelines (TPG) March 2020 was notified by the Central Government of India. Following the above, the Indian Psychiatrists Society, Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) and National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (INI), Bangalore came together to address the specific needs of Psychiatrists practicing tele consultations, there by releasing Telepsychiatry Operational Guidelines 2020. This article discusses the guidelines outlines in the above documents with respect to prescribing psychotropics. We have discussed the thought process behind formulation of Telepsychiatry Operational guidelines, the challenges that may arise while following the above guidelines with possible solutions.