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What Is Telemedicine
Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare via telecommunication technologies ICT, it could be as simple as two healthcare professionals discussing a patient using videoconferencing technology or as complex as remote tele-robotic surgery.
Telemedicine transcends geography and time and alleviates the need to travel, cutting cost, time and effort by providing quality healthcare at the patient's geographical location. It does not substitute the classic relationship between physicians and patients but adds value and make that relationship richer and more collaborative.
By removing the unnecessary geographical restriction of the provider location in the health care innovative telemedicine delivery models can benefit both the health care provider and the patient alike.Telemedicine provides exceptional outreach for doctors and unprecedented access for patients . The patient will be able to receive the appropriate high quality healthcare at his remote geographical location, at the appropriate time by the right specialist with no need to travel.
Advances in information and telecommunications (ICT) have changed the way services are delivered around the globe, and the field of medicine has been no exception. Telehealth, Telemedicine , Wearable Sensors, Augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Nanotechnology, Genomics , Proteomics, Metabolomics...and more are the new forces converging to revolutionize healthcare.
Telemedicine is a complex practice with technical, regulatory, legal, financial and organizational procedures. Over the past few years Egypt witnessed a multitude of initiatives piloting different telemedicine programs and models. In 2015 one of the many ongoing telemedicine programs for rural areas achieved the WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) champion award.
“The Egyptian Telemedicine Foundation” (ETF) is a registered non-profit organization founded in 2016 to spearhead the expansion of telemedicine in Egypt and beyond.
The founders of ETF have years of robust experience in telemedicine. They come from the different disciplines that architect telemedicine programs. Doctors, technologists, ICT specialists, business developer who's paths crossed through the different telemedicine programs that have been implemented in Egypt over the past few years. ETF vision is to provide a collaborative matrix unifying the efforts and harnessing the collective experience of the telemedicine stakeholders to expedite modernization of medicine and to pave the way for universal healthcare.
1 - National telemedicine network for Specialized Medical Councils
This program is Funded by Merck Serono Egypt, in order to offer extremely flexible and comfortable service for the patients applying for fully funded health coverage program by the SMC, this program saves millions Egyptian pounds annually off the patients in both direct and indirect costs, also saves efforts & Time for both doctors and Patients .
2 - ICT outreach program overseen by the ICT Trust Fund/MCIT/UNDP/Cairo University
This program is championed by Dr Hoda Dahroug of the ICT Trust Fund. Other than telemedicine the program utilizes ICT to address several of needs of the remote communities such as marketing for their native handicraft goods and e-learning. The program was initiated at the Siwa Oasis nestled hundreds of Kilometers from Cairo in the western desert and later extended to Nasr ElNuba in Aswan. The telemedicine arm of the project was initiated and executed in collaboration Kasr AlAini School of Medicine Cairo University, Aswan Heart Center / Magdi Yacoub Foundation and Tele-Med International. The program is now expanding to more sites in Aswan.
3 - Telemedicine outreach program at the Aswan Heart Center Magdi Yacoub Foundation
Telemedicine at the Aswan Heart Center - Magdi Yacoub Foundation Aswan Heart Center (AHC) is one of the telemedicine pioneers in Egypt. AHC initiated its telemedicine outreach program in 2010 by creating its first remote site in ElKharga Oasis in the middle of the western desert over 700Km away from Cairo. Championed by Dr. Moemen Moaz ElKharga telemedicine site steadily progressed and encouraged AHC to open its second remote site in Luxor. Heart patients are regularly reviewed at both sites. Patients needing interventions as cardiac catheterization or heart surgery travel to AHC . After having their intervention at AHC they travel back home and are followed up by telemedicine.
- 1- To be part of innovation in the delivery of healthcare.
- 2- To promote utilization of telehealth and telemedicine.
- 3- To create awareness of the value of integrating telehealth and telemedicine in the delivery of healthcare. We will reach out to the general public, healthcare sector, Medical schools, Egyptian Medical Syndicate, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Communication, NGO’s, working groups, medical societies, telecom societies policy makers and governments .
- 4- To create awareness and be involved in formulation of telemedicine practice models, guidelines and standards.
- 5- To encourage the different stake holders to integrate telemedicine into healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare.
- 6- To Identify, attract and encourage the different stake holders to join the effort.
- 7- To engage in planning and implementation of telehealth and telemedicine programs to be able to help the underserved communities and expand cross borders to provide services to the African continent and beyond.
- 8- To accelerate the implementation of telehealth and telemedicine in underserved communities, Emergency and First Responders, School health, Woman’s health and Child’s Health
- 9- Use telehealth to improve health awareness and prevention programs particularly in remote, overcrowded regions with special interest for child and woman’s health.
- 10- Undergo, join and oversee research programs to archive, document and publish information about the different telehealth and telemedicine programs.
Dr. Wael Abdel Aal
Dr. Wael Abdel Aal
Is a practicing cardiologist who currently serves as Vice President and Medical Director of the Aswan Heart Center “Magdi Yacoub Foundation“. He was trained at Cairo University School of Medicine, and participated in international fellowships at Boston Children's Hospital “Harvard University“, The Cleveland Clinic, as well as Harefield Hospital in the United Kingdom.
Through his career Dr. Abdel Aal has been involved in numerous medical missions reaching out to underserved children suffering from heart disease in Egypt and internationally. This work exposed him to the deficiencies in healthcare provision in the remote communities.
His work subsequently lead to his involvement in Telehealth and the founding of Tele-Med International www.telemedint.net Egypt's pioneer telehealth service provider delivering accessible and affordable healthcare via telecommunications technology - with a vision that ICT will empower healthcare providers to bring quality healthcare to the remote underserved populations.
Dr. Walid Auf
Dr. Walid Auf
Walid Auf graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1983 and had a short medical practice career until 1987 when he shifted to the fields of Medical Assistance.
Medical Evacuation and Private Medical Insurance services. He acquired over 30 years a vast experience in this domain and has become the Managing Director of one of the leading firms in this industry in Egypt.
He is a co-Founder and a Board member in Telemed International, he is also one of the Founders and members of the Board of Trustees in The Egyptian Telemedicine Foundation.
Projects Manager Envolved in many projects concerning the implementation and application of IT In the medical field, With focused Experience in Telemedicine
Graduated in Faculty of Science Ain Shams University 2011, with long history of participation in student's activities and Student union
Attended Many workshops and conferences regarding the innovation management , operations excellence and marketing strategies
Dr. Tarek Anis
Dr. Tarek Anis
Dr. Anis is a Professor of Andrology, and the vice-dean for post graduate affairs and research, Cairo University. Dr Anis is the current president of the Middle East Society for sexual Medicine. He is also the founder and the current president of the Pan Arab Society for Sexual Medicine. Dr. Anis is a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), and he served for many of the ISSM committees (scientific 3 terms, publication 3 terms, communication 2 terms) and he is the current chairman of the publication committee.
Dr. Anis served as a member of the scientific committee of the ISSM meetings in Buenos Aires, Cairo, Brussels and Soul. Dr. Anis was the president of the Biennial Conferences of the Pan Arab Society for Sexual Medicine (Cairo 2000, Dubai 2007, Cairo 2009). Dr. Anis is the associate editor of Sexual medicine reviews and is a Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He was a member of Paris international consultation for sexual medicine. He is also the Editor in chief of Sexual Health update and the Editor in chief of Sexual Health website, Arabic website providing knowledge about sexual health for the public.
Dr. Anis is a Coauthoring of books ?Sexual Health?, ?Sexual Medicine: Sexual Dysfunctions In Men And Women? as well as many books in Arabic language. Dr. Anis has many international publications in the fields of male infertility, male sexual dysfunction, and female sexual dysfunction. He serves as a reviewer including Urology Journal, Journal of sexual medicine, International Journal of Sexual Health, Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, sexual medicine, sexual medicine reviews, Health Care Current Reviews. Dr. Anis is a member of the permanent scientific committee of the supreme council of Egyptian universities for the last 10 years. Dr. Anis is also a member of the board of directors of the military medical academy.
Dr. Tamer Emara MD MRCP
Dr. Tamer Emara MD MRCP
Dr. Tamer Emara, is an assistant professor of neurology, faculty of medicine, Ain Shams University.He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians since 2008, and received my doctorate degree in 2009. He had also received international training in top notch academic centers in the world like University of California Los Angeles 2011, Spaulding Rehab hospital (Harvard partners program, Boston) 2011, Thomas Jefferson University, 2014, University of California San Francisco in 2015. This varied experience allowed him to share in many innovative clinical and academic activities. he founded the first university based neurorehabilitation program in Ain Shams University in 2012.
He has also co-founded the first specialized headache service in 2013, and a research lab for Neuromodulation, Neuronavigation, and Neuroimaging in 2015. This lab is the first of its kind in Egypt and the region. His portfolio also includes publishing several manuscripts in national and international journals along with many presentations in international, regional, and local conferences. He has also received several national and international research grants.
Given the uneven distribution of neurologists across the country, the absence of training programs in Africa and the importance of time in the management of patients with disorders affecting the brain. Dr Emara has proposed an initiative called 'Treat and Teach'. This initiative offersa mix of e-learning/telemedicine and onsite clinical training and working on establishing medical services. This would hopefully, lead to national neuroscience services run by local HR. This initiative has gained local, regional and international recognition as it was launched in The First Arab African Teleneurology Conference: A Treat and Teach initiative. This meeting was organized by ASU and the Arab league Jan 2011. The WHO, Egyptian government, military and international scientific societies like IBRO, and WSO were represented along with representatives of 12 countries..
Eng. Adel Yassin
Eng. Adel Yassin
Software Engineer, hold number of certificates in the Technology & Services Management field. Adel has been working in the ICT Industry for more than 15 years mastering the technology innovation & sustainable development with strong expertise in Open Source Software.
Adel served the Egyptian Government for more than 9 years & 4 years with the UN Development Programme in Egypt focusing on the marginalized sectors, remote areas & under-served communities. He holds a bachelor degree in Computers & Information and currently pursuing his Master degree in Computer Science & Information Security from the AAST.
Adel Has a long history of volunteering work, civic engagement and social entrepreneurship. He was Past President of The French Rotaract Club Le Caire Champollion & previously worked with United Nations Volunteers.