Tanzania Is Using Cell Phones to Save Lives

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) has introduced telemedicine- a distant diagnosis platform in which health workers use cell phone technology to carry out distance diagnosis through a web-based programme.

Cell phone diagnosis-which was initially applied in the field of dermatology (skin disorders) -has apparently come to the rescue of many patients in rural Tanzania- who could not be diagnosed due to lack of expertise necessitated by poor logistics and infrastructures.

Through telemedicine- clinical officers could use of their cell phones to capture images and record information of complex medical conditions and share it with specialists wherever they are around the globe using a secured database called iPath platform.

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