Deploying portable ultrasonography with remote assistance for isolated physicians in Africa: lessons from a pilot study in Mali
|Published in||Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 2010, vol. 160, no. Pt 1, p. 554-558|
|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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Faculté de médecine / Section de médecine clinique / Département de radiologie et informatique médicale
|Research group||Groupe Geissbuhler Antoine (informatique médicale) (222)|
|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. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20430|