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Title: Telemedicine: A Potential ICT Solution for the Shortage of Medical Specialists in Rural Areas in Sri Lanka
Authors: Amararachchi, J.L.
Keywords: Telehealth
consultation centre
Telemedicine Specialty Centre
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: SLIIT
Citation: PSRS2009
Series/Report no.: SLIIT/LIB/;
Abstract: The developing countries including Sri Lanka face a series of health crises which threaten the lives of millions of people. Shortage of infrastructure, trained, experienced and qualified medical personnel are considered as important barriers to scaling up treatment for these people. People who live in rural areas in Sri Lanka struggle to access timely, good-quality specialty medical care. The residents of these areas often have substandard access to specialty healthcare, due to a lack of specialist physicians. Specialist physicians are more likely to be located in areas of concentrated urban population. The distance to hospitals in urban areas, the cost involved for the treatment and the waiting time until the treatment is acquired, often places restrictions on access to essential medical services and specialist healthcare. Telemedicine technology has the potential to bridge the distance and provide specialist care for the patients in rural areas. This paper discusses the current status of health care in rural areas in Sri Lanka, applications of telemedicine, requirements needed for implementing a telemedicine system, and the potential challenges in the event of implementing a telemedicine system in SriLanka.
ISSN: 1800-3591
Appears in Collections:NCTM - SLIIT 2009

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