Sunday, February 14, 2010

Email experiences in Telemedicine - It is not all about Cost, but also about the Quality of Service

Location: Urban teaching Hospital in Western India and a Rural Primary Care-center
Subject: 182 newborn babies
Email traffic: 309 messages sent from the Rural Primary Care-center and 272 messages from the Urban teaching Hospital at an average response/reply time of 11.3 hrs.
38 babies were referred to the intensive care unit at the Urban teaching Hospital after these consultations and the remaining 144 babies were managed at the Rural Primary Care-center.
Telemedicine (via email) helped in the diagnosis, referral, treatment and follow-up of patients.
Cost to benefit ratio of 1:45

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