1st Edition

Telehealth in the Developing World

ISBN 9781853157844
Published February 24, 2009 by CRC Press
336 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

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

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

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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


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