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Telemedicine as an Innovative Model for Rebuilding Medical Systems in Developing Countries Through Multipartnership Collaboration: The Case of Albania.
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PMID:  25347524     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract The U.S. Government and other developed nations provide billions of dollars annually in relief assistance to countries around the world. The long-term benefits of this aid, however, are often difficult to elucidate. The aim of this article is to present a model of a multipartnership collaboration among U.S. governmental, nongovernmental organizations, and academia to rebuild medical systems using telemedicine as a sustainable model of foreign aid. The International Virtual e-Hospital implemented the "initiate-build-operate-transfer" strategy to establish an effective telemedicine system in Albania that includes the National Telemedicine Center and 12 regional telemedicine centers. This nationwide telemedicine network has active clinical programs, virtual educational programs, and an electronic library that has substantially improved the access to care while advancing medical education. We propose that telemedicine is an optimal, sustainable, low-cost model for rebuilding medical systems of developing countries when implemented through a multipartnership approach.
Rifat Latifi; Erion Dasho; Zhaneta Shatri; Elizabeth Tilley; Kalterina L Osmani; Charles R Doarn; Agron Dogjani; Fatos Olldashi; Agim Koçiraj; Ronald C Merrell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-3669     ISO Abbreviation:  Telemed J E Health     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
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Created Date:  2014-10-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959949     Medline TA:  Telemed J E Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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