When we think of digital health, we generally think of new gadgets, smart apps and breakthrough innovations. But perhaps using readily available technology is the most efficient approach.
In Ghana, where 90 percent of the population has a mobile phone, and where poor transport networks and limited access to health care means high mortality rates for easily treatable diseases, telemedicine projects are being developed to deliver impact at scale. Through this system, community health workers can be given advice via mobile phone teleconsultations with senior nurses and doctors at a central hospital.
With another 1 billion people expected to have a mobile phone access by 2020, could telemedicine be a game changer for health delivery?
Devex traveled to Ghana to visit some rural areas where telemedicine projects are being implemented, and discovered how it is being brought to scale across the country. In this video we talk with Dr. Alexis Nang-Beifubah, Ashanti regional director of health services, and Christina Wadhwani, project management lead at the Novartis Foundation, about making partnerships work — and the importance of both top-down and bottom-up approaches.
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