Telemedicine links between Canada, Kenya, and Uganda

In the article “Global Diffusion of the Internet X” he references another article which is titled “Into Africa: The Telemedicine Links Between Canada, Kenya, and Uganda” written in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In it the author describes how the medical practices of physicians in rural Canada was really not that different from how it is in East Africa.This article, written in 1987, is certainly outdated and I’m sure many things have changed, but it is interesting to note that even then they were eagerly talking about their use of teleconferencing in order to advance development through the use of technology.

It appeared in the article that the key to making all of this possible, even in 1987 they struggled with the same things that make these projects difficult today, is whether or not it would make sense economically. Whenever you have a project where a developed country is working with an underdeveloped country, money will always be a deterrent to the progress which they wish to make. However, in this case, an organization called the International Satellite Organization (Intelsat) and the International Institute of Communications worked together to start a project called Project SHARE. This project has “made teleconference and telemedicine links between Canada and East Africa economically feasible.” This and other projects like it are probably more common now as technology advances as this was 25 years ago but it is interesting to note that these slight advancements in technology’s use in development have been ongoing and consistent.

The remainder of the article described how scholars at universities, medical schools mostly, are using the telemedicine technology to send information like EEG’s back and forth and how they send out images to get examined twice a week. The medical facilities at the University of Nairobi and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda are the only medical schools in East Africa and are in desperate need for other scholars to be able to communicate with. This teleconferencing project has made them much more capable of treating patients and functioning as a medical organization with lives in their hands.


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