Africom has entered the field of telemedicine, combining health and technology matters. It has partnered with Russian company Nordavind for the distribution of ECG and medical cloud services in Africa.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Telemedicine (Technology & Medicine) is the diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. It eliminates distance barriers and improves access to medical services where they would not normally be available.
It can help reduce mortality rates by improving health care and it is also useful in critical and emergency situations. Africom plans to introduce the ECG dongle to the Zimbabwean market as well as Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and other countries in the region.
In future the partners intend to bring the production unit to the territory of the free economic zones in one of the African countries. Africom is also planning to release other products being developed by Nordavind in the field of telemedicine.
The ECG dongle, allows a user to take an electrocardiogram at home. The device transmits data through a dongle that is connected to a smartphone. The data can then be immediately uploaded to the cloud service for analysis by an expert or saved on your phone and then taken to a doctor for analysis.
The cloud service consists of registered cardiologists who can diagnose requests send to the cloud service. This development has the effect of bringing accessibility of medical services to ordinary people who would not normally be able to access the service and reduces consultation costs of accessing expert services. It can also be used to provide specialized consultation to patients in under-served, rural or remote locations.
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