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iPath - a Telemedicine Platform to Support Health Providers in Low Resource Settings.

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Department of Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.


In many developing countries there is an acute shortage of medical specialists. The specialists and services that are available are usually concentrated in cities and health workers in rural health care, who serve most of the population, are isolated from specialist support [1]. Besides, the few remaining specialist are often isolated from colleagues. With the recent development in information and communication technologies, new option for telemedicine and generally for sharing knowledge at a distance are becoming increasingly accessible to health workers also in developing countries. Since 2001 the Department of Pathology in Basel, Switzerland is operating an Internet based telemedicine platform to assist health workers in developing countries. Over 1800 consultation have been performed since. This paper will give an introduction to iPath - the telemedicine platform developed for this project - and analyse two case studies: a teledermatology project from South Africa and a telepathology project from Solomon Islands.

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