Aga Khan Development Network Institutions Successfully Test Cross-Border Teleconsultation Link – AKU News

In an effort to expand eHealth services and bring quality healthcare to more people, the Aga Khan Development Network eHealth Resource Centre (AKDN eHRC), the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), Tajikistan and the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), Kabul have established a new eHealth setup in Khorog, Tajikistan.

On Friday, May 25, 2012, the AKDN eHRC conducted a successful test of a teleconsultation link between Khorog Oblast General Hospital and FMIC, and between Khorog Oblast General Hospital and the Aga Khan University, Karachi.

In preparation for this setup, a short training, “Telemedicine and mHealth: Concepts, Technology and Planning” was conducted at Khorog on May 16 and 17, 2012. The training was inaugurated by Dr Saidbek Davlatbekov, Director of Health, Gorno Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan, and was attended by participants from the Ministry of Health, Khorog Oblast General Hospital, telecommunication companies and AKHS, Tajikistan.

The training focused on using telemedicine and mHealth to address the gaps in health systems and services, selection of different types of technologies and evaluation and application of programmes in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
“There is need for online consultations to bridge gaps in health service delivery and provide quality healthcare to those in need. This training has enlightened us for newer ways to provide quality healthcare services to our community,” said Dr Pista Gadomamadova, Department of Health, Tajikistan.

Some district-level health facilities in the cross-border region of Gorno Badakshan in Tajikistan and Badakshan in Afghanistan will also be linked for consultations. Regular teleconsultations in the fields of surgery, paediatrics, cardiology and dermatology will begin in July 2012 followed by teleconsulations in pathology and radiology in August, 2012.

Source  AKU Edu



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