Development of a telemedicine and health mobile application

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Explain your idea in details:

Access to quality health care represents a challenge in developing countries, particularly for marginalized and disadvantaged populations where 20 percent live more than ten kilometers from a basic health facility and 46 percent live more than ten kilometers from a rural health center. To bridge the health inequity gap,I brought up an idea for the development of a health social impact initiative of Community Innovation Hub. Our spectrum of services will include but is not limited to a) Empowering the value-chain of healthcare providers to leverage ICT to deliver leading edge healthcare (Hubs and Spokes) in rural and low income urban communities. b) Leveraging technology to use video conferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education, consumer-focused wireless applications and early referrals c) Capacity building of nurses to transform them into micro-entrepreneurs. d) Improvement of Maternal and Neonatal Health and Water Sanitation and Hygiene Indicators. e) Health Market Research to disseminate knowledge for betterment of the health sector. f) Awareness Campaigns pertaining to all health domains. The purpose is to create a link between health workers and people in under-served region for the provision of quality affordable healthcare .it involves healthcare services delivery within the vicinity of their communities using a web based interface to have better health outcomes by deploying tele health hub and spokes in rural regions. The mobile application will involve use of complex clouding and satellite system that will facilitate usage by people living in rural area.With this system ,people can easily locate nearest doctors ,hospitals ,nurses etc.It will also provide Avenue for home based healthcare service delivery system.This will facilitate easy accessibility of people to doctors on a 24hrs basis.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

My idea will impact positively on the health of people in developing countries .Through this project ,an estimation of over 100 million people will have easy access to Doctors and other healthcare professionals at any time. The measures to evaluate success will be :number of people using the service ,number of communities reached , number of healthcare professionals enrolled in the service and level of improvement in healthcare status of users.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business model will first involve creation of the healthcare software .This will be followed by enrollment of healthcare professionals in the software system and advertisement of the software system to people in remote areas.The operation of the system will also involve use of clouding system and Google maps to locate doctors and hospitals. With the mobile application , users can be able to access nearest doctors ,nurses and hospitals and possibly request for home healthcare services.Our source of financing for the mobile application will include applying for loans from banks ,soliciting for funds from NGOS and applying for enterpreneurship competitions like this.

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Your profile

I am a self-motivated, proactive, and has several goals. i aim to be a professional eHealth and telemedicine consultant and manager, a specialist in occupational health safety officer in industries to protect workers from diseases and injuries and to save lives. I have 12 years experience conducting online training. I am a strong youth advocate .i am a city chapter director for start up grind (www.startupgrind.com) i was a medical doctor and health safety officer at Parklane Hospital from 2014 to 2016. From there, I now has several voluntary roles; research associate and project manager for eHealth at Parkers establishment, child professional at Heard Initiative, global youth ambassador and English teacher at a World at School. My professional memberships include the International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth, the International Medical Informatics Association, Canada National Institute of Health Informatics and Acfee. I am a driven and ambitious individual and team player, I have excellent project management skills and can work closely and communicate effectively with local and international leaders in an ever-changing environment with tight deadlines. These are valuable for my experience in communicating and interfacing with customers and within organisations, a strong ability to challenge team members and be challenged to achieve team goals, and a proactive interest to increase customer satisfaction and deepen customer relationships. I am from Nigeria, I attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University from 2008 to 2015.i have a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (2015).i speak English

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Comments

September 1, 2017 00:10

Thank You my fellow traveler!
All good things have an end, right!!
I must say that I found your idea truly inspiring. I would like to know more about it? Do you think you can give me more details about your proposal so I can understand it more and give ffedbakc as well as evaluate if it can be done in my country?
Have a great life ahead of you
SHUHRA

August 31, 2017 23:15

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 21:20

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 21:15

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 20:54

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:45

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 19:32

Comrades,
In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 17:25

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 16:53

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:25

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROPOSAL. I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ONCE GAIN A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK

August 31, 2017 13:54

Hello!
There are less than 12 hours before the end of this competition and we speak about the last day, last changes.. last comments. It is very exciting and I congratulate you for all the activity and time you put into this. I wish you good luck for your future plans! Keep dreaming!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 09:43

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 31, 2017 07:39

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 30, 2017 23:06

MY GREETINGS TO YOU!
SO HOW IS IT GOING? I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ON A DIFFERENT NOTE, CAN YOU PLEASE GO THROUGH MY EDU-CELL ENTRY? AND IF YES, THEN I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD VOTE FOR IT.
A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 20:05

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Dear fellow entrepreneur:
(i) I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
(ii) May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
All the very best!
Shuhra

August 30, 2017 15:20

Hello,
Thank you for all comments and votes and for your effort you have put into this community! There are less than 48 hours before the end of this competition and I encourage you to not give up! Keep alive your dreams!
Best wishes and good luck for the implementation of your idea!

August 30, 2017 06:56

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.

Ahmed

August 30, 2017 02:37

Hello,

This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 19:23

Dear Entrepreneurship campus member;

Thank you for being here all this while. I appreciate all your effort and appreciation, suggestion, question on my project. I learned a lot from you guys. Really I have no word to describe Entrepreneurship campus members.

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my project and interest in helping to support CCT--Cities Controlling and Reporting Tool.

I have gone through all your ideas and projects, I have learnt a lot. i will read its again once and I will comment professionally.

Really I am glad that you are doing such great works and for you Enterpreunerial sprit. I fully support your efforts.

Good luck! THANK YOU all once again!

August 29, 2017 04:31

Hello Charles
You made good idea which I think you would regret if you would miss to construct and I hope action on it is proceeding.To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you dont, youre
going to regret it. By Catherine Cook ,co-founder of MyYearbook.You have a dream on helping people and I hope you will take further steps, there some more steps further but I hope will achieve them all, good mentality, hard working, plans and actions will take this idea higher.Congratulation for being innovative.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea " Zero hunger is possible"
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala
Zero hunger is possible

August 29, 2017 03:02

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 00:31

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 16:51

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 01:37

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 19:39

Hello,

To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 19:17

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 16:12

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 26, 2017 07:12

Charles
Good morning to you.,
Although you have been quite for some time but your idea is speaking as it is life saving especially for health attendants. How was the response after introduction of this idea then,
It is an endless efforts until you make it.
I wish you best of luck as the competition is approaching to an end.
Let the World benefit from your innovative kind of thinking.
Uledi Kimbavala
Zero hunger is possible

August 25, 2017 12:30

Hello,
There are just a few days before the end of this stage of the competition and I want to congratulate you for all your effort you put into. All these ideas came from brilliant minds and I am sure the best one will win. I hope you will continue this idea and make impact for the local community and why not for all the world.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 25, 2017 08:18

Hello Charles!

Thursday's Inspiration from YCEC; 'The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.' - Richard Bach

As you progress in working hard to see to the improvement of the World through your idea, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 24, 2017 20:20

Great Mind Umeh ! Nice reading through your project and it amazing. Greater works and well done brother. I have a question sir !
Are you developing apps for this project? If yes which programming package you intended using?

I am in full support of this great health idea.

From your brother: Adedokun Ayobami ( Nigeria)

August 24, 2017 16:33

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments)

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 19:38

Hi
I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org . Your idea is interesting, from your profile you seem to have experience.
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice.
I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I would really appreciate your opinion.

Best regards,
Shuhra Koofi

August 23, 2017 14:37

Hello
As we are about to the very end of this competition I give you a bit of encouragement and yet the fact. The competition may reach to an end but the efforts you have shown to your community is great and long lasting, People may come and go but ideas stays forever. This platform is like a family or a classroom where we share all our strength and experience to solve Community challenges.
Your idea is real life touching and I hope you're making more good progress to take it into its full potential no matter what challenge you may face..Never give up.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea
ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE FOCUSING FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY LEVEL
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala
"ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE"

August 23, 2017 08:43

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Cheers
Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 12:39

Thank you Charles.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.

Cheers.

August 22, 2017 10:10

Dear Charles
I hope you're making good progress whether the competition is on progress or not this idea of yours should make more progress to its full implementation as it is life saving. Congulatulation for the efforts you're making.
Best of luck!
Never give up.

August 21, 2017 16:03

Hi,
Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 21, 2017 15:55

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 21, 2017 15:55

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 20, 2017 23:06

Dear Charles,

Congratulations on your progress so far, I must say I'm impressed. you will greatly affect the health sector and assist a lot of people achieve their health goals and stay alive for a longer time.

Just to say that you keep up and be encouraged to do more.

Kindest regards,
Seth

August 18, 2017 09:21

Hello,
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copies the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,
Andrei

August 17, 2017 06:06

Hello Charles!

Your idea is innovative, as it tends to promote healthy life and secure Health Providers. Your idea is providing a connection between medicine, health, ICT and entrepreneurship. Congratulations for your efforts.

I wish you success and you can stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of luck!

July 30, 2017 16:40

Hi there ..
Congrats on your idea.
I think it has a great potential.

But I have a question for you.
Are you going to involve healthcare workers in the development and design of the software.

In addition, mhealth and digital health are usually very expensive ( and has a high learning curve), how are you going to manage the implementation in poor countries and the project sustainability.
Thanks in advance wish you the best of luck.
P.s feel free to check out my idea http://tracking.entrepreneurship-campus.org/tracking/click?msgid=S60H7eDNcrxedsViUOK6Yw2&target=https%3a%2f%2fwww.entrepreneurship-campus.org%2fmembers%2fsafaelsharief%2fideas%2fmy-ideas%2f7571%2f&v=j2SGQ59b9yjxiUd29DuqrQ2&lc=891302992295477263

Prathvi

June 30, 2017 16:18

I like your approach that you wanted to help people as we all know in rural areas there are very limited resources and the literacy rate is also very less if a person cant afford a smartphone or if a person dont know how to run your app because of illiteracy then what you gonna do for them.

June 17, 2017 15:36

Hi,

Your idea is quite praiseworthy as it is aimed at helping people get healthcare services. But I have a doubt: if these people are not able to afford basic healthcare services, then how will thy be able to afford a smartphone. A solution to this can be setting up a small place for such people where you have 1 device and people can go and use it at their convenience to find a hospital etc.

Best Wishes,
Team GreenSpace

June 12, 2017 01:19

Hey Dear Charles ,
your idea is really interesting and awesome ; I thing as you said that is really a challenge in developing countries. I m student in Medicine studies and i know how your project is very importante and usefull .Wish you to get the support that you are seeking to implement your idea and champions one of the 17 sustainable development Goals of UNESCO .Congratulations for your idea.

1.Than for i will like to know how you will operate if you didnt get the loan from bank or if you failed to the grant application for NGO'S to tackle this challenge in developping countries.
2. In which Country you want to set up first your idea ?
3. Who will be first the main beneficiaries?
4. You aims to tackle this challenge in rural Area too , than i will like to know if in your busness planning you re considered the cities without google maps .How your idea will be possibe with these population ?
I look forward to hear from you

June 3, 2017 18:38

Hello Charles,
Great effort by your side regarding the public health welfare...Keep up the great work!!.. Indeed you must have thought of a way to make it reach more N more rural people at an affordable price, keeping in mind every aspect.

Regards Shuhra

May 23, 2017 23:11

Thank you natarajan for this

"Introducing Telemedicine into rural health care system will have a huge impact on the quality and access to health care services.
The system of medical care is seeing a technology revolution with the advent of IoT. Communication technology has improved tremendously and its obvious that Health care field is not fast catching up with this technology outburst. Improvising Technology for the betterment of the health care system is now the key. One such improvisation is Telemedicine and more the awareness created more the demand and the success of Telemedicine. This project would be a great step forward in the implementation of communication technology in health care system.

Arunakiry Natarajan

May 23, 2017 22:24

Introducing Telemedicine into rural health care system will have a huge impact on the quality and access to health care services.
The system of medical care is seeing a technology revolution with the advent of IoT. Communication technology has improved tremendously and its obvious that Health care field is not fast catching up with this technology outburst. Improvising Technology for the betterment of the health care system is now the key. One such improvisation is Telemedicine and more the awareness created more the demand and the success of Telemedicine. This project would be a great step forward in the implementation of communication technology in health care system.

May 23, 2017 02:00

THANK YOU JEHONA FOR THIS

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The will and the courage that certain people show into breaking the barriers through simple, mobile tools with advanced technology to help improve the health access in societies with low access in health, is of great admiration.
We need to give support to the transitional states, underdeveloped states by supporting such ideas and implementing basics of Telemedicine and eHealth, especially in basic tools, even smartphones and application should be set by the society that lives there, in order to overcome the barriers of basic and banal health conditions. This is the first step towards EDUCATION. Good luck on your path!
You are a Hero of Telemedicine and eHealth! "

May 23, 2017 02:00

THANK YOU JEHONA FOR THIS

"

The will and the courage that certain people show into breaking the barriers through simple, mobile tools with advanced technology to help improve the health access in societies with low access in health, is of great admiration.
We need to give support to the transitional states, underdeveloped states by supporting such ideas and implementing basics of Telemedicine and eHealth, especially in basic tools, even smartphones and application should be set by the society that lives there, in order to overcome the barriers of basic and banal health conditions. This is the first step towards EDUCATION. Good luck on your path!
You are a Hero of Telemedicine and eHealth! "

Jehona Krasniqi

May 22, 2017 23:03

The will and the courage that certain people show into breaking the barriers through simple, mobile tools with advanced technology to help improve the health access in societies with low access in health, is of great admiration.
We need to give support to the transitional states, underdeveloped states by supporting such ideas and implementing basics of Telemedicine and eHealth, especially in basic tools, even smartphones and application should be set by the society that lives there, in order to overcome the barriers of basic and banal health conditions. This is the first step towards EDUCATION. Good luck on your path!
You are a Hero of Telemedicine and eHealth!

May 22, 2017 21:03

We will provide the rural areas with access to internet by partnering with telecommunications industries .we will also use satellite systems to ensure there is internet services in those locality .
We will educate the rural inhabitants on how to use the telemedicine and mobile health systems

May 22, 2017 20:21

Hey Charles, Big idea i must say; Thumbs up bro. But i have this question, have you thought of how people in rural areas who definitely are poor or middle class will be able to access your software because for sure someone will need a computer or smartphone to benefit from the offer and we all know in rural areas where resource are scarce, such devices are hard to come by or owned by a few.

Also issues of internet connectivity, power shortages and their literacy levels of knowing how to use this new technologies

Thanks,

May 20, 2017 13:20

The challenge in telemedicine for a doctor is the gathering of the required information off the patient. In an in the flesh consultation, a doctor can easily observe the patient and gather a lot of important information that helps out with the diagnosis. Via telemedicine, the video quality is always a challenge and the doctor may not be always be able to get a clear idea of the state of the patients skin or gait and many other things like that. Not all consultations can be effectively be made over the internet and will require an actual visit. The challenge also includes the decision making - of picking the right cases for online consultations, so as to be not wasting time

Frank LIEVENS

May 20, 2017 12:40

Congratulations to this ISfTeH (International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth) student member.
Good luck !
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May 18, 2017 23:49

As Telemedicine relies primarily on electronic media for communication, the developments could be made at increasing the user friendliness of such technology. Data protection should be followed as per the regulations and this increases the trust factor. Constant upgradation of facilities and technology is key. Of course, it goes without saying that increased adoption would mean more innovation based on user behaviour.

May 18, 2017 23:48

As Telemedicine relies primarily on electronic media for communication, the developments could be made at increasing the user friendliness of such technology. Data protection should be followed as per the regulations and this increases the trust factor. Constant upgradation of facilities and technology is key. Of course, it goes without saying that increased adoption would mean more innovation based on user behaviour.

May 18, 2017 20:52

Access to healthcare is made possible by telemedicine. An old concept that is being improved and continually evolving through time. It is beneficial for both doctors and patients in terms of giving immediate care. Rapid initial assessment almost equates rapid management and I believe relatively increases patients survival. Although it deviates from the tradional method of care where there is an actual physical interaction between physician and the patient, utmost important is still patient satisfaction irregardless how the physician delivered its care.

May 18, 2017 20:51

There are a lot of opportunities for MDs to practice at home, thanks to telemedicine. How do doctors here feel about telemedicine?
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John Freeman
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I am a psychiatrist. Tele-psychiatry works very well with most of my patients. (They dont have to dress up, drive long distances to an office, find a parking space, sit in a waiting room with a bunch of strange-looking people, etc.) And, you can see how they are behaving, probably just as well as if they were physically present. But, I always try and make a face-to-face appointment early on. Many persons live in under-served areas, or find it difficult to travel to a medical facility, or wish to retain their privacy in a treatment situation. Online services provide a very convenient and effective means of getting help, and are rapidly becoming a preferred alternative to physically traveling to a treatment facility.

There is a growing awareness of the deficiencies in mental health services for the general public, owing to the critical shortage of qualified mental health professionals and the lack of adequate funding for those services. This has resulted in a huge population of persons in need of help, with no effective way of receiving that help. This is especially true for the large population of veterans (who often have to wait for over a year to be seen at all), for the elderly, for those who live in under-served areas, and for those who can't easily get back and forth to

Telehealth can expand the patient base for clinicians.
Patients are not restricted to geographical areas while using telemedicine solutions. This feature of telemedicine allow physicians to provide services to patients outside of their geographical region who would otherwise not reach out to them.

Telehealth solutions make health care costs more efficient.
Telehealth solutions are known to offer alternative and inexpensive solutions to in-office visits for patients. Built-in appointment and billing systems make telemedicine solutions more cost friendly for caregivers.

Improve patient engagement for better outcomes.
Telemedicine solutions help patients stay in contact with their providers and keep themselves informed of their health.

But few physicians feel that with telemedicine solutions, access to physical examinations are limited and the cost of equipment, training and service can be a disadvantage.

May 18, 2017 20:49

There are a lot of opportunities for MDs to practice at home, thanks to telemedicine. How do doctors here feel about telemedicine?
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I am a psychiatrist. Tele-psychiatry works very well with most of my patients. (They dont have to dress up, drive long distances to an office, find a parking space, sit in a waiting room with a bunch of strange-looking people, etc.) And, you can see how they are behaving, probably just as well as if they were physically present. But, I always try and make a face-to-face appointment early on. Many persons live in under-served areas, or find it difficult to travel to a medical facility, or wish to retain their privacy in a treatment situation. Online services provide a very convenient and effective means of getting help, and are rapidly becoming a preferred alternative to physically traveling to a treatment facility.

There is a growing awareness of the deficiencies in mental health services for the general public, owing to the critical shortage of qualified mental health professionals and the lack of adequate funding for those services. This has resulted in a huge population of persons in need of help, with no effective way of receiving that help. This is especially true for the large population of veterans (who often have to wait for over a year to be seen at all), for the elderly, for those who live in under-served areas, and for those who can't easily get back and forth to a suitable clinic, or those who wish to retain their privacy and thus avoid being labeled by the system as having some sort of mental disorder.

The downside: no hugs. (But were not supposed to do that anyway.)
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As health care and technology experts test the boundaries of technology in medicine, the field of telemedicine creates new opportunities to tackle a wide array of issues related to health care delivery.

Physicians take on telemedicine and telemedicine solutions vary as many see the benefits of telemedicine like improving patient outcomes with better accessibility to care and reducing health care costs. Whereas, other physicians are not convinced that the time, money and effort spent using telemedicine is worthwhile for their practice.

Some of the advantages clinicians feel telemedicine offers:

Telehealth can expand the patient base for clinicians.
Patients are not restricted to geographical areas while using telemedicine solutions. This feature of telemedicine allow physicians to provide services to patients outside of their geographical region who would otherwise not reach out to them.

Telehealth solutions make health care costs more efficient.
Telehealth solutions are known to offer alternative and inexpensive solutions to in-office visits for patients. Built-in appointment and billing systems make telemedicine solutions more cost friendly for caregivers.

Improve patient engagement for better outcomes.
Telemedicine solutions help patients stay in contact with their providers and keep themselves informed of their health.

But few physicians feel that with telemedicine solutions, access to physical examinations are limited and the cost of equipment, training and service can be a disadvantage.

May 18, 2017 20:48

There are a lot of opportunities for MDs to practice at home, thanks to telemedicine. How do doctors here feel about telemedicine?
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I am a psychiatrist. Tele-psychiatry works very well with most of my patients. (They dont have to dress up, drive long distances to an office, find a parking space, sit in a waiting room with a bunch of strange-looking people, etc.) And, you can see how they are behaving, probably just as well as if they were physically present. But, I always try and make a face-to-face appointment early on. Many persons live in under-served areas, or find it difficult to travel to a medical facility, or wish to retain their privacy in a treatment situation. Online services provide a very convenient and effective means of getting help, and are rapidly becoming a preferred alternative to physically traveling to a treatment facility.

There is a growing awareness of the deficiencies in mental health services for the general public, owing to the critical shortage of qualified mental health professionals and the lack of adequate funding for those services. This has resulted in a huge population of persons in need of help, with no effective way of receiving that help. This is especially true for the large population of veterans (who often have to wait for over a year to be seen at all), for the elderly, for those who live in under-served areas, and for those who can't easily get back and forth to a suitable clinic, or those who wish to retain their privacy and thus avoid being labeled by the system as having some sort of mental disorder.

The downside: no hugs. (But were not supposed to do that anyway.)
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As health care and technology experts test the boundaries of technology in medicine, the field of telemedicine creates new opportunities to tackle a wide array of issues related to health care delivery.

Physicians take on telemedicine and telemedicine solutions vary as many see the benefits of telemedicine like improving patient outcomes with better accessibility to care and reducing health care costs. Whereas, other physicians are not convinced that the time, money and effort spent using telemedicine is worthwhile for their practice.

May 18, 2017 20:44

What are the challenges of a Telemedicine doctor?
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Christian Wu, Managing Director / Doctoritas - a online platform for medical second opinions
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First challenge is to decide if the inquiry/case is suitable for telemedicine service or not. For instance the
The challenge in telemedicine for a doctor is the gathering of the required information off the patient. In an in the flesh consultation, a doctor can easily observe the patient and gather a lot of important information that helps out with the diagnosis. Via telemedicine, the video quality is always a challenge and the doctor may not be always be able to get a clear idea of the state of the patients skin or gait and many other things like that. Not all consultations can be effectively be made over the internet and will require an actual visit. The challenge also includes the decision making - of picking the right cases for online consultations, so as to be not wasting time

May 18, 2017 20:42

What are the challenges of a Telemedicine doctor?
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First challenge is to decide if the inquiry/case is suitable for telemedicine service or not. For instance the patient should be able to distinguish what kind of consultation he is searching for. For instance inquiries for medical second opinions are most of the time suitable for telemedicine, as there is already a first diagnose from a doctor. There are inquiries/case where a doctor on-site visit cannot be replaced. Coming back to second opinion, in several cases it complements doctor on-site visit.

Other challenges are subordinate to this first one.
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The challenge in telemedicine for a doctor is the gathering of the required information off the patient. In an in the flesh consultation, a doctor can easily observe the patient and gather a lot of important information that helps out with the diagnosis. Via telemedicine, the video quality is always a challenge and the doctor may not be always be able to get a clear idea of the state of the patients skin or gait and many other things like that. Not all consultations can be effectively be made over the internet and will require an actual visit. The challenge also includes the decision making - of picking the right cases for online consultations, so as to be not wasting time

May 18, 2017 20:41

CHALLENGES OF TELEMEDICINE

First challenge is to decide if the inquiry/case is suitable for telemedicine service or not. For instance the patient should be able to distinguish what kind of consultation he is searching for. For instance inquiries for medical second opinions are most of the time suitable for telemedicine, as there is already a first diagnose from a doctor. There are inquiries/case where a doctor on-site visit cannot be replaced. Coming back to second opinion, in several cases it complements doctor on-site visit.

Other challenges are subordinate to this first one.

May 18, 2017 20:40

Telemedicine is the union of health care and telecommunication/information technology aimed at providing assistance to individuals in remote areas, inaccessible to health care centers in times of need. Critical care and emergency situations are the primary areas for which telemedicine evolved in practice. The healthcare industry has always been one of the most lucrative, yet steadily growing, industries in the global market. The requirement of healthcare is termed as critical and crucial to the sustenance of life, hence considered an important industry. The overall telemedicine technology has already created a positive impact in the developed regions. However, regional governments in the developing nations have expressed their approval and support to the technology that helps save lives and uplift the global standard of health.

May 18, 2017 20:38

What skills and technologies can be developed to contribute in the field of telemedicine?
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Answered May 4, 2016
In recent years, with the development of IT infrastructure, more telehealth solutions are being implemented. This increase has created a demand for skilled personnel with applicable knowledge and understanding of technologies used and supported. Skilled telemedicine personnel should have a good understanding of three major domains as listed below when it comes to working in the field of telemedicine.

Basic Information Technology (IT)
Personnel should have a basic IT knowledge with respect to the use of mobile phones and computers, setting up broadband connections, the ability to test solutions and follow basic safety procedures. They should also be aware of how IT systems can assist users as they update, access and edit information.

Personal Information
Since there will be lots of interactions with patients and their data, knowledge of privacy and confidentiality protocols and guidelines should be acquired.

Telehealth Technologies / Equipment
Having knowledge of existing telehealth solutions and how they function - what purpose they serve, and who they assist - gives an understanding of a wide range of technologies available and helps personnel make informed decisions.

These skills can be considered as a starting point to work in the field of telemedicine. They give a complete understanding of available technologies and their needs.
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As Telemedicine relies primarily on electronic media for communication, the developments could be made at increasing the user friendliness of such technology. Data protection should be followed as per the regulations and this increases the trust factor.
Telemedicine has shown a greater degree of adaptability in accordance with sectors such as communication and information. This has provided health care practitioners and patients with a wide array of services. Presently, telemedicine is routinely used in daily medical practices by professionals. The telemedicine services segment is gaining popularity globally due to its ability to provide high definition and quality medical services in remote areas. People in developing nations cannot afford technologically advanced products due to financial crisis and low disposable income. Hence, they opt for cost-effective and consistent telemedicine services

May 18, 2017 20:38

As Telemedicine relies primarily on electronic media for communication, the developments could be made at increasing the user friendliness of such technology. Data protection should be followed as per the regulations and this increases the trust factor. Constant upgradation of facilities and technology is key. Of course, it goes without saying that increased adoption would mean more innovation based on user behaviour.

May 18, 2017 20:36

What skills and technologies can be developed to contribute in the field of telemedicine?
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University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Educating leaders in health informatics since 1997
Answered May 4, 2016
In recent years, with the development of IT infrastructure, more telehealth solutions are being implemented. This increase has created a demand for skilled personnel with applicable knowledge and understanding of technologies used and supported. Skilled telemedicine personnel should have a good understanding of three major domains as listed below when it comes to working in the field of telemedicine.

Basic Information Technology (IT)
Personnel should have a basic IT knowledge with respect to the use of mobile phones and computers, setting up broadband connections, the ability to test solutions and follow basic safety procedures. They should also be aware of how IT systems can assist users as they update, access and edit information.

Personal Information
Since there will be lots of interactions with patients and their data, knowledge of privacy and confidentiality protocols and guidelines should be acquired.

Telehealth Technologies / Equipment
Having knowledge of existing telehealth solutions and how they function - what purpose they serve, and who they assist - gives an understanding of a wide range of technologies available and helps personnel make informed decisions.

These skills can be considered as a starting point to work in the field of telemedicine. They give a complete understanding of available technologies and their needs.

May 18, 2017 20:35

How are telemedicine physician networks set up?
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Steven Lee, Steven Lee, Co-Founder, Chief Science Officer at Opternative
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There are some key components youll want to look at when considering setting up a physician network. This includes: individual laws to practice telemedicine in the country, corporate structure of the company, whether or not the physicians are independent contractors or hired with a yearly salary, etc. The key questions youll want to answer are: 1) what type of medicine are you planning to practice? 2) where do you want to practice. Answering those questions can help you figure out the best plan of action in figuring out the resources you want to take to embark on such a big mission. As always, remember to consult an attorney for advice with regards to the setup, as there are a number of nuanced regulations and stipulations that should not be overlooked

May 18, 2017 20:33

Telemedicine is very good idea, but success is depends upon many things like regional demands and there market, unique innovations and Do your require market research start you firm make sure you have a proper business plan and do your start up execution with minimum fault.

May 18, 2017 20:32

What elements go into making a good telemedicine program?
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In general, I believe any successful telemedicine program has to exhibit the following characteristics.

1. High adopt-ability by Providers, Health care organizations & patients.
2. Low cost investment for a long term usage.
3. Ease of use and short learning curve for the users.
4. Minimal disruption from existing practice work-flows.
5. Inclusion of automation of work-flows for value added services.
6. Security of medical data for regulatory compliance.

May 18, 2017 20:32

What is the difference between ehealth and telemedicine?
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Henrik Ahlen, eHealth advisor and project manager for health care and enterprise
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Telemedicine usually means that an health professional is meeting a patient via a computer or smartphone, and not in real life.
It could also mean that a specialist is analysing medical data, such as x-ray plates, at a distance and communicate the results via internet to the referring doctor or directly to the patient.
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Aman Jaiswar, former Manager at Health Care Industry
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Telemedicine is the union of health care and telecommunication/information technology aimed at providing assistance to individuals in remote areas, inaccessible to health care centers in times of need. Critical care and emergency situations are the primary areas for which telemedicine evolved in practice. The healthcare industry has always been one of the most lucrative, yet steadily growing, industries in the global market. The requirement of healthcare is termed as critical and crucial to the sustenance of life, hence considered an important industry. The overall telemedicine technology has already created a positive impact in the developed regions. However, regional governments in the developing nations have expressed their approval and support to the technology that helps save lives and uplift the global standard of health.

While,E health is a revolutionary tool of healthcare informatics aiming at generating health awareness among people who are not necessarily patients. Anybody can fetch health related information through internet, be it a person, a patient or a doctor. And most importanty it is a one way communication process of more personal nature based on preventive approach of healthcare.

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Answered Aug 1, 2016
Telemedicine is the extension of a doctors practice where doctors and patients can interact and consult remotely, without needing to be physically proximate whereas e-health is not such a one. It might not even involve a doctor, like for exampale, storing health records and data electronically.[1]

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eHealth is an evolving field in medical informatics and public health where health services are delivered using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools. The introduction of eHealth has improved the quality of healthcare delivery across health sectors and hospitals. This term eHealth is frequently used in academic institutions and professional bodies in the healthcare domain. eHealth includes health information and educational delivery over the internet along with commercial products that are used by health professionals and patients to make healthcare delivery more efficient.

eHealth comprises a wide variety of clinical activities that are delivered through the Internet. Telemedicine, which also uses ICT, especially two-way interactive audio/video communications and computers to deliver health services to remote patients, is a component within eHealth. Both eHealth and telemedicine are extensively used for; remote monitoring, diagnosis, creating educational and health awareness, and providing health education across geographical boundaries.

May 18, 2017 20:28

Characteristics of mHealth in the future
Hyper-personalized medical records
As the acquisition of data becomes streamlined, medical records will become intensely detailed and personalized to each individual. A generation of infants will grow up with medical records so long that no individual clinician could hope to parse through it.

Intelligent data
As medical records increase in number and reliability, datasets and analytics will start to play a role in diagnoses, prescriptions, etc. Interoperability will allow information shared internationally to benefit hospitals and clinics worldwide.

Transformed healthcare management in developing countries
Protocol to prevent epidemics, wipe out polio, etc. will be readily accessible to health care workers with minimal training. Infectious disease management will be effectively deployed according to international standards of care.

Increased dependence on technology
The current way of managing patients will quickly grow to be obsolete as intelligent software steps in. Paper documentation will become uncommon, and mobile technology will become ubiquitous.

May 18, 2017 20:27

Characteristics of mHealth in the future
Hyper-personalized medical records
As the acquisition of data becomes streamlined, medical records will become intensely detailed and personalized to each individual. A generation of infants will grow up with medical records so long that no individual clinician could hope to parse through it.

Intelligent data
As medical records increase in number and reliability, datasets and analytics will start to play a role in diagnoses, prescriptions, etc. Interoperability will allow information shared internationally to benefit hospitals and clinics worldwide.

Transformed healthcare management in developing countries
Protocol to prevent epidemics, wipe out polio, etc. will be readily accessible to health care workers with minimal training. Infectious disease management will be effectively deployed according to international standards of care.

Increased dependence on technology
The current way of managing patients will quickly grow to be obsolete as intelligent software steps in. Paper documentation will become uncommon, and mobile technology will become ubiquitous.

May 18, 2017 20:26

Mobile Healthcare Apps enables you to deliver patient care anywhere, anytime. The best in the business are MTBC's fully integrated applications for smartphone and tablet devices. These include MTBC Dictate, iEHR, ICD 9-10 Converter, MTBC iRx, iCheckIn, iBill and iPHR app.

May 18, 2017 20:26

mHealth refers to mobile health diagnostics & intervention usually done with smartphones where as eHealth focuses on the gadgets, wearables, smart products that measure things externally etc.
mHealth refers to mobile health diagnostics & intervention usually done with smartphones where as eHealth focuses on the gadgets, wearables, smart products that measure things externally etc.

May 18, 2017 20:25

eHealth refers to healthcare practices that rely on electronic media for example Internet and Web. mHealth refers to healthcare practices that rely on mobile. Most of the time mHealth is part of eHealth.
eHealth refers to healthcare practices that rely on electronic media for example Internet and Web. mHealth refers to healthcare practices that rely on mobile. Most of the time mHealth is part of eHealth

May 18, 2017 20:25

mHealth is mostly considered to be a subset of eHealth. eHealth is probably the 'father' on the family tree of ICT in healthcare, as it encompasses all forms of technology such as EMRs, patient administration systems, lab systems, big data and informatics, whereas mHealth usually refers to front-end interactions between healthcare users and providers, or indeed medical devices. Both terms are very broad and carry ambiguity. There is also a lot of debate over terms such as telehealth, telemedicine, and telecare. In some countries they mean pretty much the same as mHealth, in others they have quite specific meanings (eg some people say that telemedicine refers specifically to remote consultations only). Givne the ambiguity it is usually better to describe the application rather than worry about the classification too much (eg let's say I have produced software that allows you to view EMRs on the move from a mobile device. Is that eHealth or mHealth? Who cares?)

May 18, 2017 20:25

mHealth is a subset of eHealth, but mHealth, health services via the smartphone, is by far the most important factor in disrupting health care.
I recommend reading Dr Eric Topol's book "The patient will see you now" with the spot-on subtitle: "The future of medicin is in your hands" (meaning the smartphone)

May 18, 2017 20:24

Telemedicine is more about diagnosis and treatment of disease, while telehealth also encompasses tele-education and tele-monitoring. Id say ehealth is telehealth without the monitoring (necessarily). In addition, if anyone knows of ways someone can contribute and work in the area of telemedicine without being a clinician or programmer, let me know.

May 18, 2017 20:24

Telemedicine is specialized video conferencing and data transfer equipment to allow doctors and patients to interact remotely in real time. It involves a doctor at each stage of communication and basically provides curative health care to those who are already sick.

While E health is a revolutionary tool of healthcare informatics aiming at generating health awareness among people who are not necessarily patients. Anybody can fetch health related information through internet, be it a person, a patient or a doctor. And most importanty it is a one way communication process of more personal nature based on preventive approach of healthcare.

May 18, 2017 20:24

Telemedicine is specialized video conferencing and data transfer equipment to allow doctors and patients to interact remotely in real time. It involves a doctor at each stage of communication and basically provides curative health care to those who are already sick.

While E health is a revolutionary tool of healthcare informatics aiming at generating health awareness among people who are not necessarily patients. Anybody can fetch health related information through internet, be it a person, a patient or a doctor. And most importanty it is a one way communication process of more personal nature based on preventive approach of healthcare.

May 18, 2017 20:23

What is the difference between ehealth and telemedicine?
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Telemedicine usually means that an health professional is meeting a patient via a computer or smartphone, and not in real life.
It could also mean that a specialist is analysing medical data, such as x-ray plates, at a distance and communicate the results via internet to the referring doctor or directly to the patient.
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Telemedicine is the union of health care and telecommunication/information technology aimed at providing assistance to individuals in remote areas, inaccessible to health care centers in times of need. Critical care and emergency situations are the primary areas for which telemedicine evolved in practice. The healthcare industry has always been one of the most lucrative, yet steadily growing, industries in the global market. The requirement of healthcare is termed as critical and crucial to the sustenance of life, hence considered an important industry. The overall telemedicine technology has already created a positive impact in the developed regions. However, regional governments in the developing nations have expressed their approval and support to the technology that helps save lives and uplift the global standard of health.

While,E health is a revolutionary tool of healthcare informatics aiming at generating health awareness among people who are not necessarily patients. Anybody can fetch health related information through internet, be it a person, a patient or a doctor. And most importanty it is a one way communication process of more personal nature based on preventive approach of healthcare.

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Telemedicine is the extension of a doctors practice where doctors and patients can interact and consult remotely, without needing to be physically proximate whereas e-health is not such a one. It might not even involve a doctor, like for exampale, storing health records and data electronically.[1]

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eHealth is an evolving field in medical informatics and public health where health services are delivered using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools. The introduction of eHealth has improved the quality of healthcare delivery across health sectors and hospitals. This term eHealth is frequently used in academic institutions and professional bodies in the healthcare domain. eHealth includes health information and educational delivery over the internet along with commercial products that are used by health professionals and patients to make healthcare delivery more efficient.

eHealth comprises a wide variety of clinical activities that are delivered through the Internet. Telemedicine, which also uses ICT, especially two-way interactive audio/video communications and computers to deliver health services to remote patients, is a component within eHealth. Both eHealth and telemedicine are extensively used for; remote monitoring, diagnosis, creating educational and health awareness, and providing health education across geographical boundaries.

May 18, 2017 20:23

Telemedicine is the extension of a doctors practice where doctors and patients can interact and consult remotely, without needing to be physically proximate whereas e-health is not such a one. It might not even involve a doctor, like for exampale, storing health records and data electronically

May 18, 2017 20:22

What is the difference between ehealth and telemedicine?
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Telemedicine usually means that an health professional is meeting a patient via a computer or smartphone, and not in real life.
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Telemedicine is the union of health care and telecommunication/information technology aimed at providing assistance to individuals in remote areas, inaccessible to health care centers in times of need. Critical care and emergency situations are the primary areas for which telemedicine evolved in practice. The healthcare industry has always been one of the most lucrative, yet steadily growing, industries in the global market. The requirement of healthcare is termed as critical and crucial to the sustenance of life, hence considered an important industry. The overall telemedicine technology has already created a positive impact in the developed regions. However, regional governments in the developing nations have expressed their approval and support to the technology that helps save lives and uplift the global standard of health.

While,E health is a revolutionary tool of healthcare informatics aiming at generating health awareness among people who are not necessarily patients. Anybody can fetch health related information through internet, be it a person, a patient or a doctor. And most importanty it is a one way communication process of more personal nature based on preventive approach of healthcare.

May 18, 2017 20:22

Telemedicine usually means that an health professional is meeting a patient via a computer or smartphone, and not in real life.
It could also mean that a specialist is analysing medical data, such as x-ray plates, at a distance and communicate the results via internet to the referring doctor or directly to the patient.

May 18, 2017 20:21

What is the mission of eHealth?
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Answered Mar 22, 2016
From my personal experience, the mission of eHealth has always boiled down to one thing: removing the impediment of lack of information (and intelligence) from the challenges of healthcare delivery.

I know this makes the "mission" sound reactive (rather than proactive) but the health information (not data!) challenge is a very serious one, more so, as you go closer to the point of electronic data capture (EDC).

Assuming you even get the EDC processes right, raw health data is still very disparate in nature. It requires a hybrid of quantitative and qualitative analysis along with reliable context to make it materially sound to be labelled "information". Only then, can you truly derive intelligence.

If you googled the mission of Health IT boards around the world** you'll probably always find them focused on tangible aims, i.e. better quality health care, improved patient safety, improved health status, etc. These are valid but IMHO they all roll-up back to the same parent aim.

May 18, 2017 20:21

What is ehealth?
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eHealth or e-health is a recent (estimate back to 1999) term for healthcare practice that involves all kind of digital and electronic processes, communications, files, records, tests and remote support. We could position it next to health informatics as that covers all aspects of health electronic/digital processes. But in all cases when we refer to eHealth, the use of Internet is required.

During the last decade healthcare practice has become more familiar with the use and benefits of eHealth. New areas and features have already been added with the extended use of mobile devices transforming the channel of communication between doctors-to-doctors or doctors-to-patients, referred to as m-health or mHealth.

The last 4 years have proved that eHealth & mHealth are not only part of our lives but also an inevitable step if our world wants to save lives more effectively without having any restrictions due to isolated locations or severe weather conditions.

May 18, 2017 17:50

eHealth occurs in two forms which include synchronous or real time' communications and asynchronous or store and forward' communications.
Synchronous eHealth requires a communication link between two or more parties that allows a real-time interaction to occur. Synchronous telemedicine may use video-conferencing equipment with attachment of peripheral devices which aid in interactive examinations. For instance, a tele-stethoscope(eStethoscope) allows the consulting physician in remote location to listen to the patient's heartbeat and lungs, a tele-ophthalmoscope(eOphthalmoscope) and tele-otoscope(eOtoscope) allow a remote physician to examine a patient's eyes and ears respectively.
Asynchronous eHealth involves the acquisition and transmission of patient's medical data such as radiological studies, laboratory results and biomonitoring information to a physician at a convenient time for assessment offline. A digital image is taken using a digital camera(stored') and then sent (forwarded') to another location. Asynchronous eHealth doesn't require the parties to be present at the same time.

May 18, 2017 17:49

eHealth is a relatively new term in health care practice and one of the most rapidly growing areas in health and ICT today. The term encompasses a range of services that involve health care and information technology supported by electronic processes and communication. It involves the use of information and communication technology(ICT) to improve patient care.
The World Health Organization defines eHealth as the cost-effective and secure use of information and communications technologies(ICT) in support of health and health- related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature , and health education, knowledge and research'.(WHO 2005).
Eysenbach G, a world-renowned eHealth expert defines eHealth as an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business , referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies. In a broader sense, the term characterizes not only a technical development, but also a state -of-mind, a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and worldwide by using information and communication technology'

May 18, 2017 17:48

eHealth is a relatively new term in health care practice and one of the most rapidly growing areas in health and ICT today. The term encompasses a range of services that involve health care and information technology supported by electronic processes and communication. It involves the use of information and communication technology(ICT) to improve patient care.
The World Health Organization defines eHealth as the cost-effective and secure use of information and communications technologies(ICT) in support of health and health- related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature , and health education, knowledge and research'.(WHO 2005).
Eysenbach G, a world-renowned eHealth expert defines eHealth as an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business , referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies. In a broader sense, the term characterizes not only a technical development, but also a state -of-mind, a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and worldwide by using information and communication technology'

May 18, 2017 17:47

Telemedicine usually means that an health professional is meeting a patient via a computer or smartphone, and not in real life.
It could also mean that a specialist is analysing medical data, such as x-ray plates, at a distance and communicate the results via internet to the referring doctor or directly to the patient.

May 18, 2017 14:52

The rate of adoption of telehealth services in any jurisdiction is frequently influenced by factors such as the adequacy and cost of existing conventional health services in meeting patient needs; the policies of governments and/or insurers with respect to coverage and payment for telehealth services; and medical licensing requirements that may inhibit or deter the provision of telehealth second opinions or primary consultations by physicians.

May 18, 2017 14:50

NON-CLINICAL USES OF TELEHEALTH

Distance education including continuing medical education, grand rounds, and patient education
administrative uses including meetings among telehealth networks, supervision, and presentations
research on telehealth
online information and health data management
healthcare system integration
asset identification, listing, and patient to asset matching, and movement
overall healthcare system management
patient movement and remote admission

May 18, 2017 14:49

Telehealth can also increase health promotion efforts. These efforts can now be more personalised to the target population and professionals can extend their help into homes or private and safe environments in which patients of individuals can practice, ask and gain health information. Health promotion using telehealth has become increasingly popular in underdeveloped countries where there are very poor physical resources available. There has been a particular push toward mHealth applications as many areas, even underdeveloped ones have mobile phone coverage.

May 18, 2017 14:49

IMPACT OF TELEHEALTH

Telehealth allows multiple, different disciplines to merge and deliver a much more uniform level of care using the efficiency and accessibility of everyday technology. As telehealth proliferates mainstream healthcare and challenges notions of traditional healthcare delivery, different populations are starting to experience better quality, access and personalised care in their lives.

May 18, 2017 14:48

ADOPTION OF TELEHEALTH

When a healthcare service decides to provide telehealth to its patients, there are steps to consider, besides just whether the above resources are available. A needs assessment is the best way to start, which includes assessing the access the community currently has to the proposed specialists and care, whether the organisation currently has underutilized equipment which will make them useful to the area they are trying to service, and the hardships they are trying to improve by providing the access to their intended community (i.e. Travel time, costs, time off work).A service then needs to consider potential collaborators. Other services may exist in the area with similar goals who could be joined to provide a more holistic service, and/or they may already have telehealth resources available. The more services involved, the easier to spread the cost of IT, training, workflow changes and improve buy-in from clients. Services need to have the patience to wait for the accrued benefits of providing their telehealth service and cannot necessarily expect community-wide changes reflected straight away.

Once the need for a Telehealth service is established, delivery can come within four distinct domains. They are live video (synchronous), store-and-forward (asynchronous), remote patient monitoring, and mobile health. Live video involves a real-time two-way interaction, such as patient/caregiver-provider or provider-provider, over a digital (i.e. broadband) connection. This often is used to substitute a face to face meeting such as consults, and saves time and cost in travel. Store-and-forward is when data is collected, recorded, and then sent on to a provider. For example, a patient's' digital health history file including x-rays and notes, being securely transmitted electronically to evaluate the current case. Remote patient monitoring includes patients' medical and health data being collected and transferred to a provider elsewhere who can continue to monitor the data and any changes that may occur. This may best suit cases that require ongoing care such as rehabilitation, chronic care, or elderly clients trying to stay in the community in their own homes as opposed to a care facility. Mobile health includes any health information, such as education, monitoring and care, that is present on and supported by mobile communication devices such as cell phones or tablet computers. This might include an application, or text messaging services like appointment reminders or public health warning systems.

May 18, 2017 14:46

Telehealth requires a strong, reliable broadband connection. The broadband signal transmission infrastructure includes wires, cables, microwaves and optic fibre, which must be maintained for the provision of telehealth services. The better the connection (bandwidth quality), the more data can be sent and received. Historically this has priced providers or patients out of the service, but as the infrastructure improves and becomes more accessible, telehealth usage can grow.

May 18, 2017 14:46

Telehealth involves the distribution of health-related services and information. Distribution is via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long distance patient/clinician contact and care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions.As well as provider distance-learning; meetings, supervision, and presentations between practitioners; online information and health data management and healthcare system integration. Telehealth could include two clinicians discussing a case over video conference; a robotic surgery occurring through remote access; physical therapy done via digital monitoring instruments, live feed and application combinations; tests being forwarded between facilities for interpretation by a higher specialist; home monitoring through continuous sending of patient health data; client to practitioner online conference; or even videophone interpretation during a consult.

May 18, 2017 14:43

Telehealth involves the distribution of health-related services and information. Distribution is via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long distance patient/clinician contact and care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions.As well as provider distance-learning; meetings, supervision, and presentations between practitioners; online information and health data management and healthcare system integration. Telehealth could include two clinicians discussing a case over video conference; a robotic surgery occurring through remote access; physical therapy done via digital monitoring instruments, live feed and application combinations; tests being forwarded between facilities for interpretation by a higher specialist; home monitoring through continuous sending of patient health data; client to practitioner online conference; or even videophone interpretation during a consult.

May 18, 2017 14:41

EHEALTH IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES :
eHealth in general, and telemedicine in particular, is a vital resource to remote regions of emerging and developing countries but is often difficult to establish because of the lack of communications infrastructure.For example, in Benin, hospitals often can become inaccessible due to flooding during the rainy season and across Africa, the low population density, along with severe weather conditions and the difficult financial situation in many African states, has meant that the majority of the African people are badly disadvantaged in medical care. In many regions there is not only a significant lack of facilities and trained health professionals, but also no access to eHealth because there is also no internet access in remote villages, or even a reliable electricity supply.

Internet connectivity, and the benefits of eHealth, can be brought to these regions using satellite broadband technology, and satellite is often the only solution where terrestrial access may be limited, or poor quality, and one that can provide a fast connection over a vast coverage area

May 18, 2017 14:39

Evaluation of ehealth systems
:
Knowledge of the socio-economic performance of eHealth is limited, and findings from evaluations are often challenging to transfer to other settings. Socio-economic evaluations of some narrow types of mHealth can rely on health economic methodologies, but larger scale eHealth may have too many variables, and tortuous, intangible cause and effect links may need a wider approach.

May 18, 2017 14:33

Self-monitoring healthcare devices
Self-monitoring is the use of sensors or tools which are readily available to the general public to track and record personal data. The sensors are usually wearable devices and the tools are digitally available through mobile device applications. Self-monitoring devices were created for the purpose of allowing personal data to be instantly available to the individual to be analyzed. As of now, fitness and health monitoring are the most popular applications for self-monitoring devices

May 18, 2017 14:33

Self-monitoring healthcare devices
Self-monitoring is the use of sensors or tools which are readily available to the general public to track and record personal data. The sensors are usually wearable devices and the tools are digitally available through mobile device applications. Self-monitoring devices were created for the purpose of allowing personal data to be instantly available to the individual to be analyzed. As of now, fitness and health monitoring are the most popular applications for self-monitoring devices

May 18, 2017 14:31

Cybermedicine is the use of the
Internet to deliver medical services, such as medical consultations and drug prescriptions . It is the successor to
telemedicine, wherein doctors would consult and treat patients remotely via
telephone or fax .
Cybermedicine is already being used in small projects where images are transmitted from a primary care setting to a medical specialist , who comments on the case and suggests which intervention might benefit the patient. A field that lends itself to this approach is dermatology, where images of an eruption are communicated to a hospital specialist who determines if referral is necessary.
The field has also expanded to include online "ask the doctor" services that allow patients direct, paid access to consultations (with varying degrees of depth) with medical professionals (examples include Bundoo.com , Doctor Spring , Teladoc , and Ask The Doctor ).

May 18, 2017 14:08

E-mental health has been gaining momentum in the academic research as well as practical arenas in a wide variety of disciplines such as psychology, clinical social work, family and marriage therapy, and mental health counseling. Testifying to this momentum, the E-Mental Health movement has its own international organization, The International Society for Mental Health Online

May 18, 2017 14:07

Patients living with long term conditions (also called Chronic conditions) over time often acquire a high level of knowledge about the processes involved in their own care, and often develop a routine in coping with their condition. For these types of routine patients, front-end e-Health solutions tend to be relatively easy to implement.

May 18, 2017 14:06

Patients living with long term conditions (also called Chronic conditions) over time often acquire a high level of knowledge about the processes involved in their own care, and often develop a routine in coping with their condition. For these types of routine patients, front-end e-Health solutions tend to be relatively easy to implement.

May 18, 2017 14:05

Data exchange

One of the factors blocking the use of e-Health tools from widespread acceptance is the concern about privacy issues regarding patient records, most specifically the EPR (Electronic patient record). This main concern has to do with the confidentiality of the data. There is also concern about non-confidential data however. Each medical practise has its own jargon and diagnostic tools. To standardize the exchange of information, various coding schemes may be used in combination with international medical standards. Systems that deal with these transfers are often referred to as Health Information Exchange (HIE). Of the forms of e-Health already mentioned, there are roughly two types; front-end data exchange and back-end exchange.
Front-end exchange typically involves the patient, while back-end exchange does not. A common example of a rather simple front-end exchange is a patient sending a photo taken by mobile phone of a healing wound and sending it by email to the family doctor for control. Such an actions may avoid the cost of an expensive visit to the hospital.
A common example of a back-end exchange is when a patient on vacation visits a doctor who then may request access to the patient's health records, such as medicine prescriptions, x-ray photographs, or blood test results. Such an action may reveal allergies or other prior conditions that are relevant to the visit.

May 18, 2017 14:04

mHealth or m-Health : includes the use of mobile devices in collecting aggregate and patient level health data, providing healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vitals, and direct provision of care (via mobile telemedicine);

Medical research using grids : powerful computing and data management capabilities to handle large amounts of heterogeneous data.

May 18, 2017 14:04

Health knowledge management: e.g. in an overview of latest medical journals, best practice guidelines or epidemiological tracking (examples include physician resources such as
Medscape and MDLinx);

Virtual healthcare teams: consisting of healthcare professionals who collaborate and share information on patients through digital equipment (for
transmural care );

May 18, 2017 14:03

Telemedicine : physical and psychological diagnosis and treatments at a distance, including telemonitoring of patients functions;

Consumer health informatics: use of electronic resources on medical topics by healthy individuals or patients;

May 18, 2017 14:01

ePrescribing: access to prescribing options, printing prescriptions to patients and sometimes electronic transmission of prescriptions from doctors to pharmacists

Clinical decision support system : providing information electronically about protocols and standards for healthcare professionals to use in diagnosing and treating patients

May 18, 2017 14:00

Electronic health record: enabling the communication of patient data between different healthcare professionals (GPs, specialists etc. );

Computerized physician order entry : a means of requesting diagnostic tests and treatments electronically and receiving the results

May 18, 2017 13:57

Our mission is to build stronger health systems through the design and implementation of data-driven solutions that respond to local needs and provide underserved communities with tools to lead healthier lives.
This can only be done through integration of ehealth and telemedicine systems in the modus operandi of healthcare services

May 18, 2017 13:47

Success in developing a medical application depends on complying with six steps:

1.Define the apps business and healthcare goals.

2.Identify target audiences and their main characteristics and brainstorm the functions helpful for patients to use repeatedly and while on the move.

3.Pinpoint their mobile moments when they pull out a smartphone or a tablet to find what they need in their immediate context

4.Design the app use case targeting your audiences mobile moments and business and healthcare goals.

5.Define the metrics and benchmarks needed to show that apps are beneficial.

6.Build app marketing strategies.

May 18, 2017 13:43

examples of medical apps that can be effective are:

1.Interactive hospital directories

2.ICD diagnostic referencing.

3.Condition monitoring.

4.medical consultation applications

5.doctors discussion applications

May 18, 2017 13:36

Four requirements for achieving effectiveness in healthcare delivery through apps are that these apps should have the following qualities:

1.Are easy to navigate
2. user-friendly
3. Provide a superior experience on several mobile platforms
4. Leverage patients mobile moments
5 Enhance patients autonomy, the core requirement.

May 18, 2017 13:34

Medical apps can help:

1. Deliver better patient experiences
2. Improve outcomes by empowering patients to be proactive about treatment and wellness
3. Improve performance such as readmission rates and access to resources.
4. Reduce staff hours with interactive communication channels and self-education resources.
5. Foster a vibrant, wellness-minded community.

May 18, 2017 13:33

Importance of Online communities in healthcare:

Social networks bring together people with interests in healthcare to support each other, share learning and provide platforms for tracking health data, helping people manage their condition and contributing to research.
New technologies bring new opportunities for Africas health systems. They can help to improve the accuracy, reliability, availability and add value of information gathered, change how and where cares delivered and offer new ways to prevent, predict, detect and treat illness. The numerous choices makes rigorous strategies, plans and investment decisions challenging, but essential.

May 18, 2017 13:32

Use of Blockchains in healthcare:

Blockchains are decentralised databases that keep records of how datas created and changed over time. Theyre trusted as authoritative records without a single, central authority guaranteeing accuracy and security. Electronic health records are widely used, but they are usually centralised, provided by a small number of suppliers. Some commentators have described how records using blockchain technology would bring benefits like resilience and encourage interoperability, with patients and clinicians given encryption keys to control who sees the data.

May 18, 2017 13:31

Use of
Artificial intelligence in healthcare:

Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed, meaning they can teach themselves to change when exposed to new data. Enlitic, IBMs Watson division and Googles Deep Mind have started to explore potential applications in healthcare.

May 18, 2017 13:29

Application of technology in Genome sequencing :

Advances in genome sequencing and the associated field of genomics will give doctors a better understanding of how diseases affect different individuals and populations. These genetic profiles of peoples diseases and knowledge of their response to treatment, it should be possible to predict their response to treatment and prognosis more reliably.

May 18, 2017 13:27

Use Digital therapy in technological advancement of healthcare delivery :

Digital therapeutics are health or social care interventions delivered using a smartphone or a laptop. They embed clinical practice and therapy into a digital form to provide computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

May 18, 2017 13:26

Implantable drug-delivery

Drug adherence is a big problematic, especially for patients with long term conditions. Its estimated that
between a third and a half of all medication prescribed to people with long-term conditions isnt taken as recommended. Several technologies are already under development to address the problem. Theres sensor technology so small it can be swallowed and combined with drugs in
smart pill form. When the pill dissolves in the stomach, the sensors activated and transmits data through a wearable patch to a smartphone app. Patients and clinicians can see how well they are adhering to their prescription, though it raises important questions about patients privacy and autonomy.

May 18, 2017 13:24

Use of Implantable drug-delivery in healthcare :

Drug adherence is a big problematic, especially for patients with long term conditions. Its estimated that
between a third and a half of all medication prescribed to people with long-term conditions isnt taken as recommended. Several technologies are already under development to address the problem. Theres sensor technology so small it can be swallowed and combined with drugs in
smart pill form. When the pill dissolves in the stomach, the sensors activated and transmits data through a wearable patch to a smartphone app. Patients and clinicians can see how well they are adhering to their prescription, though it raises important questions about patients privacy and autonomy.

May 18, 2017 13:22

Use of At-home or portable diagnostics technologies in healthcare delivery :

Clinicians can now bring hospital-level diagnostics devices to patients homes, such as portable x-ray machines, blood-testing kits and other technologies.

May 18, 2017 13:19

Use of smartphone in improving healthcare:

Although not new, its clear that the smartphones healthcare potentials yet to be realised. Smartphones can serve as the hub for new diagnostic and treatment technologies. Weve seen apps developed to support a wide range of healthcare activities, such as healthier life-styles, diabetic patients, treatment adherence and depression. Patients can also use tools like the AliveCOR ECG, embedded in a smartphone case, which helps interpret heart test results via an app and facilitates sharing with clinicians. Theyre also ideal for gathering large amounts of data to improve understanding of diseases in populations.

May 18, 2017 13:19

technologies are changing healthcare

Theres no denying that healthcare has undergone dramatic changes in the last ten years. New technology and innovations available to patients enables them monitor and take responsibility for their own health, and improved devices and tools available to doctors and other health professionals can make more informed decisions. Healthcare technology keeps moving along. An
article in The Guardian looked at the top eight technologies thatll keep transforming healthcare. For Africa, the balance and pace of investment technologies will be different to developed countries.

May 18, 2017 13:13

E-Health: The Dawn of a New Era in Healthcare Delivery

The 21st century marked a technological revolution in various sectors including healthcare. Though unheard of before the late 1990s e-health is fast becoming a common term in the modern world. WHO defines e-health as the cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies in support of health and health-related fields including healthcare, health surveillance and health education, knowledge and research. In fact, e-health is much more than this, it is a state of mind, an attitude, a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and worldwide by leveraging information and communication technology.

Nigeria has a rapidly growing population of over 180 million, however the doctor to population ratio is an abysmal 1:1400 and the nurse to population ratio is an even more dreadful 1: 22000. Nigeria also has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world, 94 out of every 1000 children do not survive beyond five years of age. Most women fail to access proper prenatal care or even skilled attendants for delivery. There is a dire need to take measures to provide accessible basic healthcare which is the birth right of every individual and to prevent unnecessary deaths due to lack of. However, these problems coupled with a low heath budget makes tackling them extremely hard.

E-Health can be the much-needed solution to the problems of the developing world. There is a need for newer, more innovative ways to tackle the heath crisis. Implementation of ICT based healthcare systems in remote rural and low income urban areas would mean patients can receive basic and specialist care without having to travel long distances. This is sometimes the only means of healthcare provision in remote inaccessible areas. In emergency cases, it could mean the difference between life or death. It is also more cost effective for patients, as most cannot afford even a meager fee, as studies have shown that e-health services have a reduced overall cost. Other benefits include reduced risk of infection transmission between patients and medical staff, feasibility for bed bound patients and those suffering from chronic illnesses that require frequent visits. Widespread e-health administration in Nigeria would be a vital change as 75% of the population lives in rural areas but only 15% of them benefit from all hospital beds.

Some of the ways in which e-health is being implemented today include electronic health and medical records, tele-medicine which uses technology to provide clinical healthcare from a distance, health oriented websites and mobile heath apps, computer-assisted diagnostics, medical imaging, and surgery training and planning systems that help physicians provide more accurate diagnoses and treatments.

Even though e-health has transformed the face of healthcare in the western world there is still a long way to go in most developing nations including Nigeria. The socioeconomic constraints, lack of adequate infrastructure and skilled and committed human resource, security and privacy concerns and an apprehension of ICT based anything by the public health authorities and general population have made implementation a slow process. Yet e-health promises to be the answer to Nigerias major healthcare barriers with the potential to change the lives of millions completely

May 18, 2017 13:09

My idea is a social impact initiative by Community Innovation Hub that aims to provide a basic health unit to underprivileged areas across Africa. We integrate a variety of telehealth components included
telemedicine , health awareness ,
capacity building of workforce and provision of ICT based solutions for forwarding leading edge healthcare in rural and low income urban communities.

May 18, 2017 13:07

The Importance of mobile Health:

mHealth programs and projects are proliferating across the globe. According to the GSMA mHealth Tracker , there are nearly 1,000 mHealth interventions worldwide, many in developing countries.
Why are so many governments and organizations embracing mHealth?

For the developing world, the transformative potential of mHealth and its rapid growth are due primarily to four converging factors :

1. Unprecedented growth of mobile phone users
2. Rapid expansion of mobile networks
3. Innovation in mobile technology
4. Task shifting and other health system needs in developing countries

May 16, 2017 16:31

. Our prime beneficiaries are chronically ill , women and children residing in underserved communities as well as those doctors who are unable to practice healthcare due to socio-cultural barriers. We will generally have a very extensive need assessment survey that determines the inclusion and exclusion factor for selecting a community for our process.

May 16, 2017 16:28

Thank you so very much for asking the questions. The software will be a licensed Medical tele-consultation software named and it will have a built in EMR system along-with a chat with a doctor option so all the patient's history is recorded in the EMR system. There are also digital tools such as E Stethoscope, E Dermascope etc which facilitate in diagnosis. Hence the software is better than skype. Having said that, there are instances where we have to use skype as well if the Internet bandwidth or very low etc. The patient revenue is divided on a 40 % 40 % 20 % basis and the doctors are paid at the end of the month from their part of the revenue.

May 16, 2017 15:39

This is an amazing initiative that you and your team are working on. What intrests me is what inspired you to work in remote areas? How succesful is your project so far? Also if you could enlighten me about the challenges of telehealth penetration in the community that has a low education and awarness. Wish you all the best!

May 16, 2017 15:38

Have you considered the availability of access to mobile devices as well as a consistent internet connection? I would imagine most individuals who would benefit most from this concept are limited in their resources.
What will be the solution to that?

May 16, 2017 15:28

well done on a feasible and scalable solution that could indeed make a great impact to many.
You have expressed some great insights and there are many contributor comments and suggestions that could definitely enhance and work towards a successful solution.
I wonder on the establishment or development of trust that might be required for user adoption.
There is a level of trust people feel with medical professionals, they are more open and there is an implied confidentiality and professionalism in the relationship. Is it potentially a barrier for users that a third party individual would have knowledge/awareness of their medical condition? I am not exposed to the cultural nuances of the region, perhaps the need for the service would simply supersede any barrier of discomfort?

May 16, 2017 15:26

I've been wondering about how many people who would use the service have access to a smartphone, I believe that adult ownership of smartphones in Africa is about 25-35%. Might it be necessary to describe how this system would work at a local level for those without their own smartphone. For example, are there places that people in villages can go to use a smartphone and the associated app if they do not have one themselves? Or is my concern unfounded? Without knowing the cultural context I am just thinking how this would be in my own country where there are some groups of people who are much less likely to own a smartphone, (e.g. the very elderly and the very poor) who would also be the people most likely to need medication. Other than this the idea is coming on nicely.

May 16, 2017 15:23

Have you considered the availability of access to mobile devices as well as a consistent internet connection? I would imagine most individuals who would benefit most from this concept are limited in their resources.
What will be the solution to that?

May 16, 2017 15:22

I think that this would be a great program to put in place. The government should help underwrite the cost of this program because it benefits the community.
There is also need for effective partnerships to make such ideas come to reality

May 16, 2017 15:18

Rural people especially in remote places experiencing various things like
Paths, no electricity, cross the river without a bridge, perig to school must travel a long distance on foot, but the most terrible is the unavailability of drugs and good health facilities. Your idea is helpful or many people will lose their lives without medical help.

May 16, 2017 15:09

Plenty of doctors would be able to practice with a more flexible platform like the one you're piloting. Thank you for the work you're doing! Let me know if there's anything I can help with

May 16, 2017 15:04

it's great to read your ideas! May you share more about how it will work? I understand that the app will help a doctor examine a patient via the app and the assistance of a nurse/midwife who is near the patient. So what is the difference between the app and softwares such as Skype? And what about the payment? If the payment isn't clear, perhaps less doctors will use the app.

May 16, 2017 15:04

it's great to read your ideas! May you share more about how it will work? I understand that the app will help a doctor examine a patient via the app and the assistance of a nurse/midwife who is near the patient. So what is the difference between the app and softwares such as Skype? And what about the payment? If the payment isn't clear, perhaps less doctors will use the app.

May 16, 2017 15:03

Hi charles. I have a new idea that is hopefully useful for your app. I think the app should add a function that provides knowledge for Community health workers. In my country ,Nigeria, Community health workers are often trained but not as professionally as qualified doctors. And their knowledge is perhaps limited and sometimes, outdated. If your app provides health educational videos of several issues, it will better them. And they might assist doctors better when using your app.

May 16, 2017 14:51

This idea is really the best health innovative idea I have seen
A new wave of mobile technology is having a dramatic impact on the way health care is delivered to both urban and rural communities in the African Region.
Known as mHealth, mobile health technology has a tremendous potential to strengthen health systems in low and middle-income countries through better access to knowledge and information, improved service delivery and reduced response time during crises.
For the past decade, the lack of a stable internet and telephone network in developing countries has hampered the use of eHealth to improve access to health care. Nowadays, a rapid explosion in mobile technology, particularly in the African Region, is finally making a number of eHealth initiatives possible via mobile networks and devices. The penetration of mobile telephone networks in many low and middle-income countries now surpasses other infrastructure such as paved roads and electricity, and dwarfs cable internet deployment.

May 16, 2017 14:51

This idea is really the best health innovative idea I have seen
A new wave of mobile technology is having a dramatic impact on the way health care is delivered to both urban and rural communities in the African Region.
Known as mHealth, mobile health technology has a tremendous potential to strengthen health systems in low and middle-income countries through better access to knowledge and information, improved service delivery and reduced response time during crises.
For the past decade, the lack of a stable internet and telephone network in developing countries has hampered the use of eHealth to improve access to health care. Nowadays, a rapid explosion in mobile technology, particularly in the African Region, is finally making a number of eHealth initiatives possible via mobile networks and devices. The penetration of mobile telephone networks in many low and middle-income countries now surpasses other infrastructure such as paved roads and electricity, and dwarfs cable internet deployment.

May 16, 2017 14:46

This idea is really the best health innovative idea I have seen
A new wave of mobile technology is having a dramatic impact on the way health care is delivered to both urban and rural communities in the African Region.
Known as mHealth, mobile health technology has a tremendous potential to strengthen health systems in low and middle-income countries through better access to knowledge and information, improved service delivery and reduced response time during crises.
For the past decade, the lack of a stable internet and telephone network in developing countries has hampered the use of eHealth to improve access to health care. Nowadays, a rapid explosion in mobile technology, particularly in the African Region, is finally making a number of eHealth initiatives possible via mobile networks and devices. The penetration of mobile telephone networks in many low and middle-income countries now surpasses other infrastructure such as paved roads and electricity, and dwarfs cable internet deployment.

May 16, 2017 00:01

Nice idea... Trust me if this idea is encouraged and processed into reality.. Then we will be having a new phase in the health sector. Thumbs up Doc Charles. I just hope to see this harnessed.

May 15, 2017 22:18

Fabulous software .This software will really improve healthcare delivery in developing countries.
Africa really need ideas like this .
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