Prepared for Lia | Delivered July 31, 2019
Telemedicine Case Studies
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Determine telemedicine systems that have been deployed successfully in rural areas around the world. The information will be used for a telemedicine market analysis.
provides an SMS service and a mobile app to enable women in remote provincial areas in Cameroon, Africa to get
free physician consultations
The telemedicine service is seen to be on-track to decrease the mortality rates of women during childbirth by
70% in the year 2020
OM HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTRE AND THE APOLLO HOSPITAL
, remote rural communities that have minimal access to infrastructure have benefited from several
in the area.
The main providers of telemedicine services in the rural areas are the
Om Hospital and Research Centre
in Kathmandu and the
in New Delhi.
The hospitals are working with the
Nepal Wireless Networking Project
(NWNP) to provide the wireless-enabled audio-video medical services using "
Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) technology and web cameras."
SICHUAN PROVINCE'S TELEMEDICINE SERVICES
Based on a past study of a telemedicine service in
China's Sichuan province
, the initiative was able to link around
249 hospitals in 112
rural regions with state-of-the-art urban hospitals. The service covered around
40 medical specialization
During the 12-year duration of the telemedicine initiative, around
of the initial medical assessments were changed after the sessions. With regard to the initially-prescribed treatments, around
were changed after the sessions.
The service also resulted in
worth of savings for the patients and around
for the physicians.
INDIA'S TELEMEDICINE INITIATIVES
In India, the primary telemedicine projects are the following:
, and the Asia Heart Foundation.
are being conducted each month through these initiatives.
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON TELEMEDICINE SERVICES
Based on what was seen in
real-life telemedicine applications
, the majority of telemedicine initiatives are effective if these are
This is especially true during the
of the service.
However, once the funds are depleted, the
telemedicine service quality
starts to decline.
In China, the key telemedicine challenges encountered include clashes with
traditional medical beliefs
lack of economic motivators
for doctors, and the limited number of
In Africa, major obstacles to effective telemedicine services include the l
ack of effective telecommunication policies
, tax concerns, and highly limited communication infrastructure.