Telecommunications bring the potential to improve both the quality of and access to health care in the remotest areas of the developing world. Telemedicine offers solutions for emergency medical assistance, long distance consultation, administration and logistics, supervision and quality assurance and education and training for health-care professionals and providers.

Telehealth in the Developing World aims to balance the relative lack of published information on successful telehealth solutions in the developing world. It is written for all e-health and telehealth proponents interested in learning about, or contributing to the implementation of, appropriate solutions for 80% of the world's population.

Topics featured include:

  • Teledermatology in Cambodia
  • Telepediatrics in Chechnya
  • Telepathology in India - using digital cameras and email
  • HealthNet networks in Nepal
  • Medical missions for Children in Mongolia
  • International HIV/AIDS discussion lists
  • The Aga Khan Telehealth Network in Pakistan
  • Access to mobile phones and internet in the Philippines
  • Exchanging X-ray images in Ghana
  • Web-based oncology registries and a virtual oncology hospital in Brazil
  • Surgical training in the developing world
  • The iPath international email network

part Section 1|5 pages


chapter 1|3 pages


ByRichard Wootton, Kendall Ho, Nivritti G. Patil, Richard E. Scott

part Section 2|81 pages


chapter 2|18 pages

Bridging the digital divide: Linking health and ICT policy

ByJoan Dzenowagis

chapter 4|9 pages

Information technology for primary health care in Brazil

ByElaine Tomasi, Luiz A. Facchini, Elaine Thumé, Maria FS. Maia, Alessander Osorio

chapter 6|13 pages

Global e-health policy: From concept to strategy

ByRichard E. Scott

chapter 7|11 pages

Experiences and lessons learnt from telemedicine projects supported by the IDRC

ByLaurent Elder, Michael Clarke

chapter 8|9 pages

Strategies to promote e-health and telemedicine activities in developing countries

BySisira Edirippulige, Rohana B. Marasinghe, Vajira H W. Dissanayake, Palitha Abeykoon, Richard Wootton

part Section 3|30 pages


chapter 9|10 pages

Telemedicine in low-resource settings: Experience with a telemedicine service for HIV/AIDS care

ByMaria Zolfo, Verena Renggli, Olivier Koole, Lut Lynen

chapter 10|8 pages

Medical Missions for Children: A global telemedicine and teaching network

ByPhilip O. Ozuah, Marina Reznik

chapter 11|10 pages

Telementoring in India: Experience with endocrine surgery

BySaroj K. Mishra, Puthen V. Pradeep, Anjali Mishra

part Section 4|178 pages


chapter 12|14 pages

Teledermatology in developing countries

BySteven Kaddu, Carrie Kovarik, Gerald Gabler, H. Peter Soyer

chapter 13|14 pages

Cross-cultural telemedicine via email: Experience in Cambodia and the USA

ByPaul Heinzelmann, Rithy Chau, Daniel Liu, Joseph Kvedar

chapter 14|7 pages

Telepathology and telecytology in developing countries

BySangeeta Desai

chapter 15|14 pages

Internet-based store-and-forward telemedicine for subspecialty consultations in the Pacific region

ByC. Becket Mahnke, Charles W. Callahan, Donald A. Person

chapter 16|12 pages

Telemedicine support for a global network of Italian hospitals

ByGianfranco Costanzo, Paola Monari

chapter 17|11 pages

Telemedicine in Nepal

ByMohan R. Pradhan

chapter 18|10 pages

Telemedical support for surgeons in Ecuador

ByStephen Cone, Edgar J. Rodas, Ronald C. Merrell

chapter 19|9 pages

A low-cost international e-referral network

ByRichard Wootton, Pat Swinfen, Roger Swinfen, Peter Brooks

chapter 20|10 pages

Telemedicine in China: Opportunities and challenges

ByJie Chen, Zhiyuan Xia

chapter 21|10 pages

Telemedicine in South Africa

ByMaurice Mars

chapter 22|10 pages

Telemedicine in sub-Saharan Africa

ByMaurice Mars

chapter 23|10 pages

Telehealth for mountainous and remote areas of northern Pakistan

ByHameed A. Khan, Irfan Hayee

chapter 24|10 pages

Teleneurology: Past, present and future

ByUsha K. Misra, Jayantee Kalita

chapter 25|11 pages

Telepaediatric support for a field hospital in Chechnya

ByBoris A. Kobrinskiy, Vladimir I. Petlakh

chapter 27|10 pages

E-health in international networks: New opportunities for collaboration

ByShariq Khoja, Azra Naseem

part Section 5|12 pages

The Future

chapter 28|10 pages

The future use of telehealth in the developing world

ByRichard Wootton