One does not need an infrastructure to use the increasingly number of mobile healthcare weapons in places like Africa.  There is no medical setting on Earth which will be more impacted by the digitalization of medicine, than Healthcare in the Third World. Matter of fact, more “medical settings” will be created, where there were none before! Currently, healthcare is underfunded, and many did not receive any healthcare whatsover. Internet Medicine can help to reduce this huge problem. Accessibility is a hindrance; there may be few, in any, doctors in a community, be it urban or rural. The convergence of the factors of broadband, wireless technology, and moble medicine will help in this area. Medical advice, in the form of Telemedicine, if set up correctly, will be able to reach many, many people that normally do not see doctors. And the cost will be minimal.

    See why Africa is embracing Mobile Healthcare in a  HUGE  way!

    Patients, in an efficient, effective Telemedicine System, will be able to see specialists, who are located in more central areas. For example, in Libya, where there is no such system existent, has
    eight cardiologists, to serve population of 800,000. Now, with the development of the basis of broadband, and wireless for Telemedicine, rural populations can be reached. In India, where the use of telemedicine is fairly widespread, it has been show to improve the efficiency of treating dialysis patients, by decreasing the need to see a physician face-to-face, and has cut the cost of treatment of end-stage kidney patients by 90%!
    In 2011, an organization was formed calle MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action), which takes place in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa.  Mobile programs in these countries are created, and strengthened for expectant mothers.  See their website.

    iPhone As Microspope to diagnose Infectious Disease

    The iPhone has an incredible number of clinical uses.  In addition, it functions as a camera, which can be use to take pictures of the ill patient, and email to wherever there is a doctor, anywhere in the world.  Now, that is POWER!   The iPHone has an increasingly useful means of diagnosing infectious disease in the field, without the need of electricity, and heavy microscopes. See the following video, to see how the iPhone can be used very cheaply with a peripheral attatchment, to diagnose Malaria, a big killer in Africa.

    The VScan a Great Portable Ultrasound Weapon in Third World Internet Medicine

    Another portable, handheld devic4 will have a huge impact on healthcare in the Third World.  Using the VScan can be used for screening populations for heart valve problems, as well as monitoring pregnant females for fetal distress with the portable ultrasound. These tasks can be performed by well-trained medical assistantsMatter of fact, the learning curve
    of this device is not steep, since it was demonstrated in Malaysia, where the local network of midwives can easily be taught to use this device.

    With both the iPhone Microscope, and the VScan, images scanned by both medical devices can be sent anywhere, for consultation with physicians, or pathologists, in virtually any part of the world2) Association of Telemedicine Service Providers (ATSP)

    http://www.atsp.orgerhaps that is what Mr. Gates meant when he said that now, with the internet, we are truly living in a global village.2) Association of Telemedicine Service Providers (ATSP)


    Video of the Gates Foundation to fight TB in South Africa

    Developing Countries Embracing Health Care Changes Better than Modern Countries
    Collaboration between UCSF and Uganada Website

    A collaborative project between Makerere University in Uganda and the University of California, San Franciscol. The primary focus of the MU-UCSF Malaria Research Collaboration

     Sproxil and mPedigree

    Checking for couterfeit medications in Africa by Smartphone

    eHealth Nigeria

    eHealth Nigeria is focused on improving healthcare in Northern Nigeria

    Africa Telederm Project/
    GREAT Website for Africa
    IME’s Weekly mHealth Newsletter from Africa





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