Unit | Health Technology Management and Telemedicine
Medical Imaging in Egypt
The quality of diagnostics determines patient treatment pathways and eventually outcomes. A comprehensive reform agenda in radiology had been set and implemented with the Directorate of Radiology of the Ministry of Health in Egypt since 2002. Interventions span from radiation safety to facility standards and enhanced skills training for radiology professionals. The transition from conventional to digital radiology had been in focus in the final years of the project. Several information systems to enable teleradiology and maintenance management had been successfully introduced.
Clinical Decision Support for General Practitioners in Switzerland
Disease prevention and health promotion is an important theme in primary care. When going for a ‘checkup’ at a primary care physician there is a surprisingly wide variation of recommendations for what screening and interventions should be done. This project is built on the latest evidence on which prevention measure has proven effectiveness for particular age groups. An information system linked to the Electronic Medical Record generates relevant scores and individualized graphics for a targeted health coaching.
Computerized Algorithms for Infant Care
Medical care in many lower income countries is severely compromised by the lack of adequately trained health professionals. Also, the use of medicine, in particular antibiotics is irrational and has led to dangerous drug resistance. A computerized, tablet based decision support system based on the WHO Integrated Management of Childhood diseases had been set up to guide clinical care for children up to 5 years old. The International Committee of the Red Cross has mandated this project which is currently implemented in Afghanistan and Nigeria.
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Zaugg C, Raab M. Improving health technology management: development of a model for the implementation of an essential information system for medical devices in low- and middle-income countries. In: Jordanova M,Lievens F, eds. Global telemedicine and eHealth updates: knowledge resources, vol. 3, 432-436. Luxembourg: International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth, 2010
Moharra M et al. Systems to support health technology assessment (HTA) in member states of the European union with limited institutionalization of HTA. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2009;25 Suppl 2:75-83. DOI: 10.1017/S0266462309990717
Raab M, Blunier M. Telemedicine & e-health: information and communication technologies as a means to foster population health: "knowledge is the foundation upon which healthier communities are built". . Bern: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2004
Raab M. Plädoyer für ein verbessertes Ressourcenmanagement: "...weil der Bohrer nicht funktioniert". Bull Medicus Mundi. 2001(82)
Raab M. Technology assessment in healthcare: modern technologies: scapegoat for rising costs or magic bullet for improved healthcare?. Bull Medicus Mundi. 2001(82)