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Pervasive Healthcare Systems in developing countries

By Richard Pankomera | 11 Jan, 2016

Resource constrained countries such as developing countries in Africa face a number of challenges. Although many ICT interventions in healthcare have been implemented, they still face many drawbacks. One of such initiatives is the implementation of pervasive healthcare applications such as personalised patient monitoring systems, telemedicine applications, intelligent emergency systems etc. Are these pervasive healthcare systems more applicable to developed countries than to the underdeveloped countries such as those in Africa? If not , do we have success stories of such implementations in resource constrained setting?



A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 4:58 AM, 11 Jan 2016

Joseph, this a wonderful set of educational resources. I particularly like the time fram for "student education"-an untapped resource that should include other health care workers and patients. I am to give a talk in September at an infectious disease conference at which they would like me to talk about Telemedicine. Are there any sets of slides on the projects you are involved in and for which I could use for such a talk.
The similar adaptation of HIT to the Ebola crisis was done by the OpenMRS group in Africa. Terry

NGENZI Joseph Lune Replied at 6:35 AM, 11 Jan 2016

Dear Prof Terry,

We are involved also a Global telehealth program initiatives sharing
international case presentation especially for education purposes.



If you can send me your e-mail I will share some slides

Thank you

NGENZI Joseph Lune Replied at 6:40 AM, 11 Jan 2016

Sharing one of the system for emergency system using mobile phone by
community health workers.

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 2:33 PM, 11 Jan 2016


Joaquin Blaya, PhD Moderator Replied at 10:28 AM, 12 Jan 2016

As far as your question as whether telehealth or pervasive systems are more apt for developed countries, I think that’s not the right question to ask because technology can always be improved or modified to better serve the local constraints. The more important question is should we use these technologies to improve healthcare in developing countries, and I think the majority of us (especially being on this list) believe that we should.

Also, implementing those technologies in developed countries is also very hard, but for different reasons, usually because of billing mechanisms or fear of being sued (in the US).

As far as experiences, there are many successful experiences in telehealth. You could search on ghdonline for telehealth or telemedicine and you’ll find a few. The ones that I found were
An expert panel on Telehealth http://www.ghdonline.org/tech/discussion/creating-working-in-and-evaluating-t... <http://www.ghdonline.org/tech/discussion/creating-working-in-and-evaluating-t...>
A report on scaling up mobile health for maternal and child health http://www.ghdonline.org/tech/discussion/scaling-up-mobile-technologies-for-m... <http://www.ghdonline.org/tech/discussion/scaling-up-mobile-technologies-for-m...>

and I’m sure there are others.

Another option is to search PubMed/Medline. I did a search for "telehealth developing countries” and found over 400 articles

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=telehealth+developing+countries <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=telehealth+developing+countries>

Is this what you were looking for?

Lawrence Wasserman PhD Replied at 10:50 AM, 12 Jan 2016

Is telehealth right for developing countries!

As one who has worked in 15 countries and promoted telehealth devices and teleconferencing. Without raising awareness to communities, policy makers, physicians, health and hospital institutions and users the near term success of introduction and implementation of telehealth and eHealth can be achieved. These are my personal comments!

Regards Lawrence

George hanna Replied at 10:57 AM, 12 Jan 2016

Please send me email:

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 3:36 PM, 12 Jan 2016

Joaquin, Richard and others, I also typed the term "telehealth developing countries" into www.Epistemonikos.org and obtained the following. Also Joaquin you have delightfully tapped into the ever expanding knowledge resources of GHDonline thus demonstrating the increasing value of this site.

Broad Syntheses(3)
Systematic Reviews(25)
Structured Summaries(4)
Primary Studies(7)

A systematic review of the use of telehealth in Asian countries.

Systematic Review

Year » 2009

Authors » Durrani H , Khoja S

Journal » Journal of telemedicine and telecare

Links » Pubmed , DOI , RxForChange

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