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Telehealth in the Developing World




ISBN 9781853157844
Published February 24, 2009 by CRC Press
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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

Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
Preface
SECTION 1: BACKGROUND
1. Introduction - Richard Wootton, Kendall Ho, Nivritti G Patil and Richard E Scott
SECTION 2: POLICY
2. Bridging the digital divide: Linking health and ICT policy - Joan Dzenowagis
3. Telemedicine in developing countries: Perspectives from the Philippines - Alvin B Marcelo
4. Information technology for primary health care in Brazil - Elaine Tomasi, Luiz A Facchini, Elaine Thumé, Maria FS Maia and Alessander Osorio
5. Community-based health workers in developing countries and the role of m-health - Adesina Iluyemi
6. Global e-health policy: From concept to strategy - Richard E Scott
7. Experiences and lessons learnt from telemedicine projects supported by the IDRC - Laurent Elder and Michael Clarke
8. 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
SECTION 3: EDUCATIONAL
9. Telemedicine in low-resource settings: Experience with a telemedicine service for HIV/AIDS care - Maria Zolfo, Verena Renggli, Olivier Koole and Lut Lynen
10. Medical Missions for Children: A global telemedicine and teaching network - Philip O Ozuah and Marina Reznik
11. Telementoring in India: Experience with endocrine surgery - Saroj K Mishra, Puthen V Pradeep and Anjali Mishra
SECTION 4: CLINICAL
12. Teledermatology in developing countries - Steven Kaddu, Carrie Kovarik, Gerald Gabler and H Peter Soyer
13. Cross-cultural telemedicine via email: Experience in Cambodia and the USA - Paul Heinzelmann, Rithy Chau, Daniel Liu and Joseph Kvedar
14. Telepathology and telecytology in developing countries - Sangeeta Desai
15. Internet-based store-and-forward telemedicine for subspecialty consultations in the Pacifi c region - C Becket Mahnke, Charles W Callahan and Donald A Person
16. Telehealth support for a global network of Italian hospitals - Gianfranco Costanzo and Paola Monari
17. Telemedicine in Nepal - Mohan R Pradhan
18. Telemedical support for surgeons in Ecuador - Stephen Cone, Edgar J Rodas and Ronald C Merrell
19. A low-cost international e-referral network - Richard Wootton, Pat Swinfen, Roger Swinfen and Peter Brooks
20. Telehealth in China: Opportunities and challenges - Jie Chen and Zhiyuan Xia
21. Telemedicine in South Africa - Maurice Mars
22. Telemedicine in sub-Saharan Africa - Maurice Mars
23. Telehealth for mountainous and remote areas of northern Pakistan - Hameed A Khan and Irfan Hayee
24. Teleneurology: Past, present and future - Usha K Misra and Jayantee Kalita
25. Telepaediatric support for a fi eld hospital in Chechnya - Boris A Kobrinskiy and Vladimir I Petlakh
26. Web-based paediatric oncology information and registries: An international perspective - André Nebel de Mello
27. E-health in international networks: New opportunities for collaboration - Shariq Khoja and Azra Naseem
SECTION 5: THE FUTURE
28. The future use of telehealth in the developing world - Richard Wootton
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Editor(s)

Biography

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

Reviews

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