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Establishing Telemedicine in Developing Countries : From Inception to Implementation : Studies in Health Technology and Informatics - Rifat Latifi

Establishing Telemedicine in Developing Countries : From Inception to Implementation

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics

By: Rifat Latifi (Editor)

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Telemedicine and telehealth development has brought hope to developing countries and their most remote areas, yet leaves very significant questions and anxiety among those hoping to maintain status quo of current medical practices. When it comes to telemedicine and its applications, most countries are actually in the same boat. Even in the most developed countries' hospitals, telemedicine is still not practiced. Advanced technology such as computers, diagnostic imaging, robotics, voice activated machines, and remote controls have changed the hospital and operating room theaters around the western world. Essentially, geography and distance have become abstract nouns and are meaningless in modern times. At the same time, the world equilibrium has not followed the punctuation of an industrial world directed by the broad bandwidth. Nonetheless, the patient has become an educated and informed consumer who questions the decisions of the practitioner and demands explanations and evidence-based medical approaches. The physician's expertise is validated through the Internet and other forms and the patient insists on care that is up to current world standards. This multiple author book, represents a serious attempt to analyze the most important issues in the field of telemedicine and telehealth. It presents concrete assistance to those who would like to explore the possibilities of establishing telemedicine and telehealth in their countries as well as those individuals who would like to establish these programs in developing areas or in countries that simply do not have existing telemedicine networks.

Foreword
Introduction : vision, hope and determination
Telemedicine development : setting the record straightp. 3
Instead of a prologue : establishing telemedicine in the Balkans : from Berlin to Prishtina via Mars - a personal journeyp. 8
Changing the medical world order with technological advances : the future has only begunp. 25
E-leadership in the digital age : the equilibrium, the codes and the digital gapp. 30
Challenges and barriers to development of telemedicine programsp. 41
Creating telehealth networks from existing infrastructuresp. 51
Ten critical steps for a successful telemedicine programp. 60
Data mining challenges in the design of telemedicine platformsp. 69
Integrated telehealth : putting it all together and addressing the challengesp. 75
Telemedicine models for primary carep. 89
Experiences and perspectives in using telematic prevention on sensitive health issuesp. 99
Telemedicine in trauma and disasters : from war to earthquake : are we ready?p. 106
Role of telemedicine in neurosciencesp. 116
Home health and telemedicine : where are we today?p. 125
Education and distance learning : changing the trendsp. 141
From blackboard to whiteboard : the old style of classroom education is deadp. 147
Virtual reality in laparoscopic surgeryp. 151
Use of information technology to improve quality of healthcare : Kosova's telemedicine project and international virtual e-hospital as an examplep. 159
Telemedicine and mobile surgery in extreme conditions : the Ecuadorian experiencep. 168
Telemedicine in the Indian context : an overviewp. 178
Telehealth : the backbone of healthcare financingp. 182
Telepresence and telemedicine in trauma and emergency care managementp. 193
Telepresence and telementoring in surgeryp. 200
Medical care from space : telemedicinep. 207
The French language virtual medical universityp. 213
Creating a virtual sanctuary for scholarsp. 220
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ISBN: 9781586034238
ISBN-10: 1586034235
Series: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Publisher: IOS Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.52