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Telehealth in the Developing World

1st Edition

Edited by Richard Wootton, Niv G Patil, Richard E. Scott, Kendall Ho

CRC Press

336 pages

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Telecommunications bring the potential to improve both the quality of and access to health care in the remotest areas of the developing world. Telemedicine offers solutions for emergency medical assistance, long distance consultation, administration and logistics, supervision and quality assurance and education and training for health-care professionals and providers.

Telehealth in the Developing World aims to balance the relative lack of published information on successful telehealth solutions in the developing world. It is written for all e-health and telehealth proponents interested in learning about, or contributing to the implementation of, appropriate solutions for 80% of the world's population.

Topics featured include:

  • Teledermatology in Cambodia
  • Telepediatrics in Chechnya
  • Telepathology in India - using digital cameras and email
  • HealthNet networks in Nepal
  • Medical missions for Children in Mongolia
  • International HIV/AIDS discussion lists
  • The Aga Khan Telehealth Network in Pakistan
  • Access to mobile phones and internet in the Philippines
  • Exchanging X-ray images in Ghana
  • Web-based oncology registries and a virtual oncology hospital in Brazil
  • Surgical training in the developing world
  • The iPath international email network


Telehealth in the Developing World presents a comprehensive analysis of telemedicine systems and applications for providing education, medical care and consultations worldwide. Chapters covering current applications will be extraordinarily valuable to programs considering establishing a telemedicine framework to provide outside consultation or to develop in-country expertise through health worker training. This book will serve equally well as a resource for students of public health, public policy, and global medicine as it will for practitioners in the field and for programs developing capacity internationally.
Rebecca S. Kightlinger, DO
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Virginia School of Medicine, June 2009

Table of Contents



Richard Wootton, Kendall Ho, Nivritti G Patil and Richard E Scott


Bridging the digital divide: Linking health and ICT policy

Joan Dzenowagis

Telemedicine in developing countries: Perspectives from the Philippines

Alvin B Marcelo

Information technology for primary health care in Brazil

Elaine Tomasi, Luiz A Facchini, Elaine Thuma Maria FS Maia and Alessander Osorio

Community-based health workers in developing countries and the role of m-health

Adesina Iluyemi

Global e-health policy: From concept to strategy

Richard E Scott

Experiences and lessons learnt from telemedicine projects supported by the IDRC

Laurent Elder and Michael Clarke

Strategies to promote e-health and telemedicine activities in developing countries

Sisira Edirippulige, Rohana B Marasinghe, Vajira H W Dissanayake, Palitha Abeykoon and Richard Wootton


Telemedicine in low-resource settings: Experience with a telemedicine service for HIV/AIDS care

Maria Zolfo, Verena Renggli, Olivier Koole and Lut Lynen

Medical Missions for Children: A global telemedicine and teaching network

Philip O Ozuah and Marina Reznik

Telementoring in India: Experience with endocrine surgery

Saroj K Mishra, Puthen V Pradeep and Anjali Mishra


Teledermatology in developing countries

Steven Kaddu, Carrie Kovarik, Gerald Gabler and H Peter Soyer

Cross-cultural telemedicine via email: Experience in Cambodia and the USA

Paul Heinzelmann, Rithy Chau, Daniel Liu and Joseph Kvedar

Telepathology and telecytology in developing countries

Sangeeta Desai

Internet-based store-and-forward telemedicine for subspecialty consultations in the Pacifi c region

C Becket Mahnke, Charles W Callahan and Donald A Person

Telehealth support for a global network of Italian hospitals

Gianfranco Costanzo and Paola Monari

Telemedicine in Nepal

Mohan R Pradhan

Telemedical support for surgeons in Ecuador

Stephen Cone, Edgar J Rodas and Ronald C Merrell

A low-cost international e-referral network

Richard Wootton, Pat Swinfen, Roger Swinfen and Peter Brooks

Telehealth in China: Opportunities and challenges

Jie Chen and Zhiyuan Xia

Telemedicine in South Africa

Maurice Mars

Telemedicine in sub-Saharan Africa

Maurice Mars

Telehealth for mountainous and remote areas of northern Pakistan

Hameed A Khan and Irfan Hayee

Teleneurology: Past, present and future

Usha K Misra and Jayantee Kalita

Telepaediatric support for a fi eld hospital in Chechnya

Boris A Kobrinskiy and Vladimir I Petlakh

Web-based paediatric oncology information and registries: An international perspective

Andra Nebel de Mello

E-health in international networks: New opportunities for collaboration

Shariq Khoja and Azra Naseem


The future use of telehealth in the developing world

Richard Wootton

About the Editors

Richard Wootton, Director, Scottish Centre for Telehealth, UK; Honorary Professor, University of Queensland, Australia; Honorary Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK

Nivritti G Patil, Professor of Surgery and Assistant Dean (Education & Student Affairs), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China

Richard E Scott, Associate Professor at the Global e-Health Research and Training Program, Health Innovation and Information Technology Centre (HiiTeC), and Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada

Kendall Ho, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director, eHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine
MEDICAL / Public Health
SCIENCE / Biotechnology