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Deploying portable ultrasonography with remote assistance for isolated physicians in Africa: lessons from a pilot study in Mali

Published inStudies in health technology and informatics, vol. 160, no. Pt 1, p. 554-558
Publication date2010
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate the feasibility of deploying portable ultrasonography with remote assistance to improve the diagnostic capabilities of isolated physicians in Africa. METHODS: The approach is based on the training of general practitioners for the use of ultrasonography, and the remote support by radiologists using dedicated tools for image transfer over low-bandwidth internet connections. RESULTS: Our early results in a pilot project in Mali show that this approach is feasible, and that isolated physicians can productively use ultrasonography to improve diagnosis and management decisions such as the need for a medical evacuation towards a reference hospital. CONCLUSION: These encouraging early results must be confirmed by larger-scale studies, in order to better understand the organizational requirements and demonstrate outcomes and return on investments for such telemedicine services. This scale-up project will start in 2010 in collaboration with the International Development Research Center of Canada.

Keywords
  • Mali
  • Pilot Projects
  • Remote Consultation/methods
  • *Rural Health Services
  • Teleradiology/*methods
  • Ultrasonography/*methods
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BAGAYOKO, Cheikh-Oumar et al. Deploying portable ultrasonography with remote assistance for isolated physicians in Africa: lessons from a pilot study in Mali. In: Studies in health technology and informatics, 2010, vol. 160, n° Pt 1, p. 554–558. doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-588-4-554
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