Fondation Pierre Fabre

To strengthen the skills of neuroimaging professionals in Laos

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Association pour la Promotion des Neurosciences au Laos

Composed of neurologists, neuropaediatricians and neuroradiologists, the Association for the Promotion of Neuroscience in Laos (APNL) has been providing neurology training in Laos since 2005, in partnership with the University of Health Sciences of Laos.

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: France

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Diagnostic aid in neuroimaging

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 01/01/2016

Initiative end date

  • 12/31/2019


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Subsidies

About the initiative

The shortage of Lao radiologists is compensated by the tele-expertise of neuro-imaging thanks to Smartphone applications.

Tele-expertise by smartphone application brings added value through the ease of use and speed of the procedure, despite the distance.

Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane acquired an MRI machine in November 2014 and opened a Neurology Department in June 2015. Due to the increase in the number of neurological patients, Lao radiologists very quickly found themselves in difficulty regarding the interpretion of MRI scans. In order to meet the demand, the association has been providing annual neuroimaging training since 2016. Between on-site duties, the APNL processes MRI files transmitted by WhatsApp smartphone applications by tele-expertise.

In 2018, twenty-six cases were resolved in this way. These included those of 14 men and 12 women. The ages ranged from 1 year to 80 years : 7 patients aged 1-20 years, 8 patients aged 21-40 years, 7 patients aged 41-60 years and 4 over 60 years. All cases were resolved within 24 hours, 22 of which were dealt with within 12 hours.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

250 Number of beneficiaries since launch

5 Number of users per Month

Materials used

  • Smartphone

Technologies used

  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization