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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghanaian partnership to battle Cholera, Ebola through tech

Source: BiztechAfrica

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has partnered with mPedigree Network and PopOut to launch the PREVENT initiative, which looks to employ technology to crack down on fake and counterfeit medicines.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health to Ghanaian Moms

Source: womensenews.org

One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Telemedicine in India might be just what the doctor ordered

Source: Reuters

Between surgeries and hospital rounds one recent day, Dr. Rajiv Parakh made a dash into his Gurgaon office for an appointment he couldn’t miss: a consultation with a patient who lives hundreds of kilometres away.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Analysis: Getting telemedicine informed consent

Source: SciDev.Net

Telemedicine could boost healthcare in rural Africa, but it has informed consent challenges, writes Linda Nordling.
Friday, April 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health technology will make our medicine cooler than Star Trek’s soon

Source: MedCity News

Health technology is advancing so rapidly that within a decade the small handheld medical reader used by Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek — the tricorder — will look primitive.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

mHealth startup Telemed secures venture capital from The African Group

Source: ventureburn

Telemed Medical Services is an Ethiopian startup responsible for the country’s popular mobile health and medical consultancy service, Hello Doctor, and has recently announced it’s raised funds from US-based VC group The Africa Group (TAG). The Ethiopian engineering consultancy that, among other things, specialises in mobile health consulting is giving up a 25% stake of Telemed and plans to further address a crucial demand for health-related service delivery.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobilium Global builds health Smartphone app for Africa

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Mobilium Global has architected and built the first android “Made For Africa” mobile health and wellness, free and free to use smartphone application for specific use by, for, and of Africans.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health app targets African users

Source: IT Web Africa

UK-based mobile strategy company Mobilium Global hopes to capitalise on smartphone penetration in Africa by launching the Smart Health application, to promote health and wellness among users on the continent.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda: Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care?

Source: All Africa

A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda's poorly-staffed health centers could be huge.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Improving Global Health, One Text at a Time

Source: Relief Web

AMREF Kenya receives matching grant for mHealth Project
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Turning Africa’s Healthcare Challenges Into Opportunities

Source: Ventures

Most people are familiar with the problems facing the health sector in Sub-Saharan Africa faces: poor infrastructure, a shortage of healthcare workers, a lack of capacity in the existing workforce and substandard quality to name a few. These problems, coupled with inadequate public sector spending on health, have pushed the private sector to the front in the development of the African health sector.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Secrets to a Successful mHealth Campaign

Source: SciDev.Net

At the Mobile World Congress last week (25 February) I listened to Arjen Swank, business development manager of Text To Change (TTC), discuss the best way to implement a successful mobile health programme in Africa.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobile Phones, Apps, Throw Lifeline to Shunned Sufferers of Brain and Mental Disorders in Remote World Corners

Source: Press Release

Grand Challenges Canada today offers funding of up to $270,000 to 21 global mental health projects worldwide and up to $2 million to an innovative program in India designed to improve the quality of mental health patient treatment and end reported abuses.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

U.S. Telemedicine Initiative Tackles Diabetes Epidemic in Libya

Source: HuffPost Impact

A Libyan-American steering group has been created to manage local outreach, and get as many retinal cameras into primary care situations as possible.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Asia Pacific

The Philippines Rolls Out Telemedicine with TV White Spaces

Source: Future Gov Asia

TV White Spaces will tap unused frequencies between TV channels to deliver data connectivity to further support rural broadband, telemedicine, educational content delivery and to enhance the data gathering capability of the government’s sensor networks.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Space Programme Can Improve Health Care: Ex-ISRO Chief

Source: Outlook India

India's versatile space programme has potential to significantly improve health care through tele-medicine and gene therapy which will go a long way in providing affordable treatment to large section of people, former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan said today.
Monday, February 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fixing health supply chains, saving lives

Source: Devex

Each year, millions of children die before the age of 5, largely from preventable causes. With that staggering number, the task of saving these children’s lives is a daunting challenge. That said, the solution may not be as complicated as you’d think.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sevamob Announces Seva360, an Innovative Health Exchange for Patients and Healthcare Providers

Source: Press Release

Sevamob is an Atlanta based company working to fundamentally transform the delivery of primary healthcare in the developing countries. Sevamob is delighted to announce Seva360, an innovative health exchange that enables patients to find, connect with and use tele-health or in-clinic services from participating health providers and is rapidly signing new consumers and healthcare providers on the exchange.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Portable telemedicine device for medics

Source: Phys Org

A robust portable device for monitoring vital signs and providing communications for medics developed with the support of ESA offers a lifeline even in the remotest areas on Earth via satcoms.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

New tele-medicine concept launched to tackle sickle cell

Source: Business Standard

A novel concept of providing medical facility over phone to families of newborns suffering from Sickle Cell Disease has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) here in co-ordination with the Gujarat government.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 — South Asia

Kalam inaugurates tele-radiology unit at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai

Source: The Times of India

Patients who are rushed to hospital in times of emergency may not always be lucky enough to have the individual attention of a specialist. But with the 'tele-radiology project', an initiative of Apollo Hospitals, it may be possible.
Monday, January 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Most health and fitness mobile apps useless in Africa – HIFA2015

Source: HumanIPO

A large number of the mobile health and fitness apps used in Africa are useless in such low-resource settings, in spite of their rising popularity, according to Health Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015).
Saturday, January 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

South African trauma center launches portable electronic trauma health record application

Source: Science Codex

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app.
Saturday, January 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mahiri Mobile Delivering Lifesaving Healthcare in Rural Ghana

Source: mHealth News

Doctors at hospitals in Tamale and Nsawam, Ghana, are delivering new levels of lifesaving healthcare to remote areas of the country without traveling to see patients in person. Mahiri Mobile Services of Accra has outfitted nurses in rural villages in with wireless tablets that deliver high quality, live medical-grade video(TM) back to the doctors in Tamale and Nsawam for medical advice.
Friday, January 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Government partnerships essential to scale mhealth projects

Source: Devex

Want to scale your mHealth solution? Mobile health implementers say the key is to engage with the government early and often so that they will eventually take over the project and bring it to scale.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Startup Spotlight : Specialty Telehealth Services

Source: Miami Herald

Specialty Telehealth Services (STS) integrates complex telehealth systems to produce positive health impacts. STS owns and operates a 24-hour Response Center providing teletrauma services and is also implementing a Latin American Telestroke Network.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Agency ready to provide telemedicine in Nigeria

Source: Daily Times Nigeria

The Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) is ready to provide telemedicine services to improve the health status of Nigerians.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — South Asia

Infosys to help Dutch community on health project

Source: The Times of India

Indian IT bellwether Infosys will partner with Commit, a public-private research community in the Netherlands, for a sensor-based engagement for an improved health project, the company said.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tablets Improve Family Planning Service in Rural Kenya

Source: ImpatientOptimists.org

In Kenya, mobile technology usage is quickly becoming more popular. While these solutions increase access to services, many rural health facilities lack ability to provide adequate service delivery.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Training Rural Liberians To Save Lives

Source: Forbes

Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) aims to bring quality health care and jobs to remote regions of Liberia.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — Latin America

Project in Sergipe, Brazil, Deploys Telemedicine in Pediatric Care

Source: Hispanic Business

Cisco technology will be used in the care of children in Brazil´s northeastern region, in the towns of Lagarto and Tobias Barreto, connecting local clinics to hospitals and specialists from the capital of the state and the Federal University of Sergipe, improving medical assistance.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — South Asia

AAPI India summit to focus on health information technology

Source: Business Standard

A Global Healthcare Summit organised by an influential body of Indian American physicians in Ahmadabad in January would focus on how to use modern technology more effectively in providing efficient care to patients.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung Electronics push medical equipment for remote areas

Source: New Era

With the shortage of skilled medical personnel and resources in outlying rural areas of Africa, Samsung Electronics says its diagnostic medical technology solutions could be the ideal healthcare for impoverished rural areas.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

HealthMobile, Nigeria’s first global healthcare app, launched

Source: HumanIPO

HealthMobile, Nigeria’s first global healthcare app, has been launched and aims to combine native medical information with user-generated content. HealthMobile is the second mobile app to come out of the HealthBook Project.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cigna and Samsung Team Up to Deliver Digital Health Improvement Platform Worldwide

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The initial development is focused on delivering health-related tips and articles through the Samsung S Health Application, with an ultimate goal of connecting individuals with caregivers, doctors and hospitals to improve health and wellness globally.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Asia Pacific

AIDS mobile app to be launched

Source: The Jakarta Post

The Indonesia AIDS Coalition (IAC), an NGO with members from AIDS-affected communities, will launch a mobile application on HIV/AIDS information and services.
Monday, October 28, 2013 — South Asia

Medical services through phone on anvil

Source: The Times of India

Can cellphones save lives? Marking a significant shift, Indian healthcare providers are now looking at extending medical services through mobile telephony.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals Group readies higher dose of telemedicine

Source: Ceylon-Ananda.com

In a first of its kind initiative in the healthcare sector, Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals Group is soon going to launch the next version of telemedicine, a web-based platform with a ‘Skype-like’ video conferencing tool embedded’.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Future of Health Care Access

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

For generations, the model of how people in the developed world access health care services has involved face-to-face encounters between doctors and patients in brick-and-mortar medical facilities. The contours of that model are well known: A patient arrives in a clinic, registers her insurance at the front desk, and waits. Then a nurse or an aide ushers her into a sterile room, takes her vital signs, and hands her a paper gown. Some minutes later, a doctor in a white coat enters the room, asks her questions for 10 minutes or so, and conducts a brief physical examination. The doctor issues a diagnosis, writes a prescription, and sends the patient off to make a copayment. Afterward, the patient will drive to a local pharmacy to purchase medication. She is one of 40 patients whom the doctor will see that day.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya

Source: CNN

A young woman steals her way down darkened passages in Korogocho -- one of Kenya's largest slums. Crime, prostitution and drug use are rampant in the locality where a quarter of a million people reside and the young woman's eyes dart around erratically on the lookout for danger. It should be one of the happiest days of her life -- she is pregnant and has just gone into labor. She is also one of the fortunate few that can afford to go to hospital. Some women face a homebirth where, instead of medical equipment, they must make do with cotton wool and razorblades. But the journey to hospital leaves her vulnerable to opportunistic assault.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — South Asia

Fighting tuberculosis: Can Nikshay save 300,000 lives per year?

Source: Live Mint

Can digital intervention and adoption of information communication technology (ICT) tools save 300,000 TB patients from dying every year? Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said recently that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has in its two terms in office taken initiatives to revamp two key sectors—health and education. Although public health is a state subject, the central government has made significant investments in developing health infrastructure and services delivery through the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Under NRHM alone, more than Rs.96,000 crore has been provided for revamping rural healthcare.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries

Source: The Borgen Project

The need for new, inexpensive medical innovations in the third world is staggering. These devices must be easy to transport, operate, and most importantly, be affordable, or else they will remain available only to the wealthy. These ten new health care innovations for developing countries will be ready to distribute by 2015 and have the potential to save 1.2 million people.
Monday, October 07, 2013 — South Asia

Medanta Opens Its First Telemedicine Centre in Chandigarh

Source: i-Newswire

Dr. Naresh Trehan, renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon and Chairman cum Managing Director of Medanta -The Medicity inaugurated the region's first telemedicine consultation facility at Prime Diagnostic Centre in Chandigarh today on the eve of the World Heart Day. Dr. Trehan said that it is a part of Medanta's commitment to leverage technology to provide easily accessible and affordable healthcare to the people in the country and help patients make informed choice for the course of treatment after consultation with super-specialists of Medanta.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Firm bets on telemedicine to reach needy patients

Source: Hispanic Business

Access to healthcare has been a challenge to many Kenyans, particularly those in remote areas which do not attract specialized doctors. To help solve this problem, Dr Emily Obwaka, a medic, has made advocating for the use of telemedicine in both public and private hospitals her mission.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Dispatches from the Field: Transforming Breast Cancer Care in Rural Africa

Source: Fletcher Allen Health Care

To a Ugandan woman, “a diagnosis of breast cancer is like a death sentence,” explains Kristen DeStigter, MD, Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology at Fletcher Allen. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Ugandan women, with more than 75 percent of patients diagnosed with stage III or stage IV cancer. DeStigter, the co-founder of Imaging the World (ITW), hopes her program can change that. ITW brings ultrasound training, technology, and telemedicine to rural parts of low-income countries, and promises cost-effective, sustainable breast cancer detection, remote diagnosis, and greater breast cancer awareness.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Telemedicine Improves Patient Outcomes: Study

Source: InformationWeek Healthcare

Telemedicine technology is a hot commodity these days -- but is it actually effective in improving patient outcomes? Researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital say it is. Researchers found telemedicine consults significantly improved outcomes for patients treated in rural pediatric emergency departments that lack pediatric specialists.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Success In mHealth: Shifting Focus from the 'm' to the 'Health'

Source: Forbes

Many lament the slow pace at which formal mHealth innovations are mainstreamed, blaming a dearth of robust evidence and hesitant policy makers. Still, the pace of evidence is accelerating, and a possible future is not difficult to imagine.
Monday, January 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Better Design, Better Health: Bringing Telemedicine to Rural India

Source: Good

Twenty-six year-old Rinku has been bleeding for days. So she did what many village women in rural India do when health problems reach a certain level of severity; she made the multi-hour trip to a private hospital for high-quality, if expensive, healthcare.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Telemedicine Project On Track Year After Plan Was Hatched

Source: AllAfrica.com

A year after a plan to connect Rwandan hospitals through telemedicine was announced, the government says the project is set to start soon in some district hospitals.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 — Asia Pacific

S’pore firm and Mongolian government create ‘Medical Silk Road’ to improve healthcare with mobile technology

Source: SGEntrepreneurs

The Mongolian government has partnered with Singapore’s Borderless Healthcare Group to improve rural healthcare through the use of mobile technology. The initiative is dubbed the ‘Medical Silk Road’.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 — South Asia

Providing remote medical care in inaccessible areas

Source: The Hindu

Future of Indian medicare is Telemedicine, opined experts in the field, which is evolving into a promising technological intervention to provide quick and super-specialty medical care to even people residing in a remote place.
Friday, December 21, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Afroindia Introduces Telemedicine For The Underserved

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

A healthcare service provider in Nigeria, Afroindia Medical Services Limited has signed a memorandum f understanding (MoU) with Apollo Group of Hospitals in India to set up 100 Telemedical centres in West and East Africa.
Thursday, December 06, 2012 — South Asia

Telemedicine Still Not Reaching Rural India

Source: Enterprise Efficiency

Building brick-and-mortar hospitals to cater to a country that accounts for more than a sixth of the world’s population is a near impossibility. At present, 65 percent of India’s population lacks access to modern medicine. Less than 10 percent have access to a hospital, and only 13 percent have access to a primary care center.
Monday, December 03, 2012 — South Asia

First-of-its-kind virtual medical kiosk in India

Source: PharmaBiz.com

ehealth Access, a company focused on developing healthcare eco-system through advanced telemedicine technology, launched a first-of-its-kind Virtual Medical Kiosk. This is a breakthrough innovation in technology that will enable patient-doctor consultation in a secure environment.
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