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Telemedicine Experience in Africa

Telemedicine necessarily uses ICT and simple adapation of techniques, equipment, etc. successfully applied in the developed world are frequently inappropriate for Africa and other developing nations. An outline will be given of the adaptations therefore required. These result from certain characteristics of African infrastructure, disease patterns, health systems and engineering knowledge. The current situation in African Telemedicine and its future prospects will also be discussed.

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Prof. Sinclair Wynchank
South African Medical Research Council

Prof. Sinclair Wynchank obtained a first degree and D Phil in physics from the University of Oxford (UK) and followed this with research at Columbia University (USA). Then he studied medicine (MB ChB and MD from the University of Cape Town, where he retains a post in nuclear medicine). In addition he qualified as C Eng (London, UK) and has published articles in bioengineering and other fields.

For 28 years he researched at the Medical Research Council of South Africa and directed an Institute there. Also he has an extensive interest in international cooperation in many aspects of medicine and is a former President of the African Association of Nuclear Medicine.

Ms Jill Fortuin
Manager: Telemedicine Platform
eHealth Research & Innovation Platform
Technology & Innovation Directorate
Medical Research Council
Cape Town, South Africa

Diploma Oral Health, B. OH, Project Management, Diploma Telemedicine, Masters of eHealthcare & Telemedicine

Ms Jill Fortuin focus area is research and development of telemedicine initiatives. Her emphasis is on evidence based best practices in telemedicine which is achieved by evaluating telemedicine initiatives in South Africa. Her thorough knowledge of health care practices and service delivery in South Africa makes her the most appropriate person to develop new telemedicine products (software & hardware). This knowledge makes her a good candidate to test telemedicine products. She is currently enrolled for her PhD which will contribute to the limited body of knowledge regarding Telemedicine in South Africa.

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