Ghana to roll out telemedicine after successful trial

Monday, July 4, 2016

[ACCRA] Ghana is now in the process of rolling out telemedicine — a remote method of diagnosis and treatment of patients using telecommunications technology — to expand healthcare delivery, especially to women and children, a meeting has heard.

The move follows the successful piloting in the Ashanti region of the country, says Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, director-general of Ghana Health Services (GHS). The GHS wants all the regional hospitals to be linked to hospitals and community health workers in the periphery through telemedicine.

“Telemedicine can help us in achieving that and we hope to make remarkable progress in the next five years,” said Appiah-Denkyira, during a forum in Ghana on digital health at scale in low- and middle-income countries early this month (3 June).

Source: SciDev Net (link opens in a new window)

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