In what circumstances is telemedicine appropriate in the developing world?

by Richard Wootton and Laurent Bonnardot
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Short Reports, 2010;1:37

11 pp. 2.1 MB
http://www.swinfencharitabletrust.org/publications/academic-
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The objective of the study was to review papers reporting actual experience with telemedicine in developing countries and to summarize their findings, including the strength of the evidence. The authors conclude that some of the longer established telemedicine operations have developed into substantial networks. The review suggests that great potential exists for telemedicine in the developing world. However, some caution is required in future telemedicine work if telemedicine exemplars are to be produced which can be widely copied.

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