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Telehealth in the Developing World

Richard Wootton, Niv G Patil, Richard E. Scott, Kendall Ho
Publication Date:
February 24, 2009
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336 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    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


      • Foreword by Lord Crisp, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
      • Telemedicine is seen as central to the improvement of health and life in developing countries
      • Wide-ranging book, rich in practical experience, of interest both to those who want to learn about the developing world and to those who want to learn from developing countries
      • Includes descriptions of progress in developing countries, such as China, Pakistan, Chechnya and Ecuador
      • Demonstrates how individual clinicians in remote areas are able to tap into advice from their peers and, very motivationally, to feel part of their profession and of an international group of colleagues
  • 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