Telemedicine support for the developing world

Wootton, Richard (2008) Telemedicine support for the developing world. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 14 3: 109-114. doi:10.1258/jtt.2008.003001

Author Wootton, Richard
Title Telemedicine support for the developing world
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2008-08-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2008.003001
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 109
End page 114
Total pages 7
Editor E. Krupinsk
Richard Wootton
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
Language eng
Subject 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Telemedicine has been used for some years in the industrialized world, albeit with rather mixed success. There is also a considerable literature on the potential use of telemedicine for the developing world. However, there are few reports of the actual use of telemedicine there. A review identified five telemedicine networks providing second opinions; each network had been in operation for over five years. Although they have different aims and methods of operation, they exhibit some common features. In particular, none of them appear to be dealing with markedly increasing referral rates. Rough calculations suggest that only about 0.1% of the potential telemedicine demand from the developing world is being met. Possible reasons include the referrers being too busy and a perceived loss of control. If this analysis is correct, then the right strategy for future telemedicine in developing countries will be to concentrate on the construction of within-country networks that demonstrably alter health outcomes, can be shown to be cost-effective and sustainable, and will provide a model for other countries to copy.
Keyword Telemedicine
Developing World
Cost and cost analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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