Telemedicine and developing countries - successful implementation will require a shared approach

Wootton, R (2001) Telemedicine and developing countries - successful implementation will require a shared approach. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 7 Suppl. 1: S1-S6.

Author Wootton, R
Title Telemedicine and developing countries - successful implementation will require a shared approach
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 7
Issue Suppl. 1
Start page S1
End page S6
Total pages 6
Editor R Wootton
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730199 Clinical health not specific to particular organs, diseases and conditions
Abstract Telemedicine is often proposed as a solution to certain health-care problems in the developing world. There seems to be little published experience on which to make judgements. A literature search revealed 39 articles, of which only two related to any kind of direct clinical work; most of them were review articles or editorials. The majority of the work reported was educational in nature, and there has been little clinical experience. It seems probable that telemedicine can help with the education of health-care workers and patients; it seems likely that it could bring major benefits to the organization of health-care. Without proper trials, it will be impossible to determine the place of health-care in the developing world. Trials are the only way in which rational decisions can ultimately be reached regarding whether scarce resources should be devoted to telemedicine in developing countries, or whether they should be employed in more conventional health-care measures whose outcomes are known to be cost-effective.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Remote Areas
Health-care
Africa
Information
Experience
Internet
Teledermatology
Networking
Services
Project
Q-Index Code C1

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