Cisco aids in telemedicine project

Roshan, the Afghan telecom operator, has launched a telemedicine solution in the country using broadband technology.

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By  Administrator Published  June 30, 2007

Roshan, the Afghan telecom operator, has launched a telemedicine solution in the country using broadband technology, wireless video consultation and digital image transfer, to provide hospitals with real-time access to specialist diagnosis, treatment and training expertise from abroad.

Telemedicine involves the use of broadband technology to provide real-time high speed access for the transfer of medical imaging, video, data and voice.

The project has been undertaken with Cisco, Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC).

The first phase of the project has already linked FMIC in Afghanistan to AKUH in Pakistan, enabling access to radiology expertise provided by AKUH. Subsequent phases will link major Afghan regional hospitals to the FMIC, which is being developed as an Afghan centre of medical excellence.

The telemedicine project developed in Afghanistan is also being seen as a model for addressing healthcare shortcomings in other developing countries where access to treatment is limited.

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