Telemedicine

Non-medical health personnel in difficult-to-reach regions in Ghana are regularly confronted with the challenge of having to act (even in critical cases) under highly demanding conditions. Independently, and usually without the support of a general practitioner, they are forced to make decisions with far-reaching impact. Telemedicine applications can help to do so!

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telemedicine in general as “The delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of healthcare providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities” (vgl. http://www.telemedizin24.de/tm24inhalte/content/services/faq/index_ger.html). Based on this definition telemedicine explicitly includes the exchange of information between all participants and the continious training of all health care providers,

HITA e.V. wants on the one hand provide in-depth and up-to-date knowledge in order to meet the given demands. On the other hand a very practical approach was chosen to offer support services to nurses, midwives and other health care professions. A telemedicine centre will therefore be set up allowing medical personell to contact experts in this centre arround the clock.