Monday, November 1, 2010

[EQ] Telehealth in the Developing World

Telehealth in the Developing World

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

Royal Society of Medicine Press/IDRC
ISBN 978-1-85315-784-4- e-ISBN 978-1-55250-396-6 - 324 pp. 2009

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“……Health care is primarily about people-to-people interactions. It is about understanding, diagnosis, physical contact, communication, and, ultimately, providing care. By bringing people together, telecommunication technologies have 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 healthcare professionals and providers.

This book aims to redress the relative lack of published information on successful telehealth solutions in the developing world. It presents real-life stories from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is rich in practical experience and will be of interest to health professionals, development workers, and e-health and telehealth proponents interested in learning about, or contributing to the implementation of, appropriate solutions for 80% of the world’s population. …”

Richard Wootton is Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth, Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland (Australia), and Professor at the University of Aberdeen (UK).
Nivritti G. Patil is Professor of Surgery and Assistant Dean (Education and Student Affairs) at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong.
Richard E. Scott is Associate Professor at the Global e-Health Research and Training Program, Health Innovation and Information Technology Centre, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary (Canada).
 Kendall Ho is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the e-Health Strategy Office in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (Canada).


Foreword Lord Crisp Honorary Professor at he London School of Hygiene and Tropical


1. Introduction Richard Wootton, Kendall Ho, Nivritti G. Patil, and Richard E. Scott


2. Bridging the digital divide: linking health and ICT policy Joan Dzenowagis

3. Telehealth in developing countries: perspectives from the Philippines Alvin B. Marcelo

4. Information technology for primary health care in Brazil
Elaine Tomasi, Luiz  Facchini, Elaine Thumé, Maria F.S. 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 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


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


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 US 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 Pacific 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: opportunity 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 field hospital in Chechnya Boris A. Kobrisnkiy 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


28. The future use of telehealth in the developing world Richard Wootton

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