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Telehealth in the developing world

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 12/06/2012 12:03

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.

Wootton R, Patil NG, Scott RE, Ho K. Telehealth in the developing world. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd; 2009. Available at: http://idl-bnc.idrc.ca/dspace/bitstream/10625/37334/1/127891.pdf



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.

Wootton R, Patil NG, Scott RE, Ho K.