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Current and upcoming Information and Communication Technology solutions for quick access to the healthcare system are promising as well as very challenging. On the one hand, these solutions are providing solutions for healthcare ecosystem according to patient-specific needs and demands, but on the other hand, adoption of technology is moving through evolution and some part revolution. In consequence of continuous transition, people are not getting used to of these endless variations in technological solutions, and they have concerns that these deployed technologies will change after some period. Seeing this situation, we recommend continuous eHealth literacy is need of this transition era and development of new business models to increase involvement, motivation and revenue generation. People from medical and technical background have a different attitude for work, which can cause difficulty in solving medical related problems and adaptation of new technologies. Therefore, it is essential to involve medical experts when developing telemedicine service from technological point of view. Consequently, we recommend that there is a need to sketch a framework and plan before introducing any telemedicine service. The telemedicine services should be user- friendly and have the ability to integrate all stakeholders to pursue a system which is sustainable and acceptable for all. A framework which is proactive, open in various dimensions with flexibility, gives chances to industries for public–private partnership and practice value-based business models.

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Anwar, S., Prasad, R. Framework for Future Telemedicine Planning and Infrastructure using 5G Technology. Wireless Pers Commun 100, 193–208 (2018).

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