Implementing local telemedicine programs, to bring clinical education and physician expertise to underserved communities
Main beneficiary countries:Ethiopia - Kenya - Tanzania - Cameroon - Ghana - Belize - Haiti
Country of origin: United States
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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there is a shortage of nearly 18 million health workers globally, with Sub-Saharan Africa having a critical deficit. As a result, many remote and underserved communities are served by a single FHW not properly equipped to manage patients with complex and chronic illnesses. By bringing clinical education and physician consultations through telemedicine, they improve the quality of care provided to patients while bringing much needed support to FHWs and increasing their ability to care for local patients. Reducing out of community referrals, travel, and cost to patients and organizational partners, while increasing critical technology skills and clinical knowledge for health workers. A sustainable and culturally appropriate way to bring specialty care to areas of the world where it is needed most.
The International Telemedicine Technician Training Program will properly prepare FHWs to utilize asynchronous telemedicine to bring specialized care to their local patients. Individualized consultations with experienced physicians allow community health workers, nurses, and other clinical staff to provide care for patients that would otherwise be referred to medical providers outside of their community, which is often not an option due to cost, travel, or lack of a provider. Once a FHW has completed the course, they are prepared to implement and manage a local telemedicine program, using a smart phone or tablet to submit patient cases, track progress, and communicate with physicians from around the world to bridge the health equity gap without supplanting local personnel. Combining expert knowledge with local expertise.
With their focus on supporting and empowering local organizations and healthcare workers, their model adds value to the existing health structure as opposed to replacing it. They reduce the need for short term clinicians and expand the capacity of the local workforce. Enforcing the confidence of local patients by leaving all direct care in the hands of local providers. They provide a virtual referral network of physicians that emulates the support offered at a large hospital, but brought to the most remote areas of the world. By partnering with existing organizations, they bring quality care at a low-cost with a focus on advanced training for the local health staff. The International Telemedicine Technician Training Program prepare clinicians to maximize the use of asynchronous telemedicine, within their existing health workflow. Creating an environment that combines the appropriate use of technology, while keeping the care and patient management in the hands of the local staff.
Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)
550 Number of beneficiaries since launch
50 Number of users per Month
Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.