While most developed countries enjoy modern healthcare, the vast majority of the world suffers from inadequate healthcare. Information and communication technology (ICT) is trying to bridge that gap by bringing modern medical healthcare to these areas. With mHealth technologies low- and middle-income countries can have these benefits too.
Health eVillages announced it is expanding its partnerships with Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice &Human Rights (RFK Center) and Project Hope's support of its Pacific Partnership 2013 program to deliver critical mobile healthcare technology to underserved populations in developing countries and populations in the U.S.
Health eVillages is a program founded by Physicians Interactive with the collaboration of RFK Center, a not-for-profit organization.
Physicians Interactive provides iPods and iPads as well as other handheld devices which are equipped with specialized references and clinical decision support materials. Clinicians in these underserved regions around the world use the tools to improve primary and preventative healthcare.
In the U.S., the project will be supporting the new Robert F. Kennedy Lafitte Medical Clinic, which held its grand opening this week in Louisiana. The Robert F. Kennedy Lafitte Medical Clinic will be operated by Jefferson Community Health Care Centers serving 3,000 underserved patients with full-time primary care and preventive services. Earlier this year, Health eVillages was involved in another partnership with Teche Action Board Inc. at its Franklin, LA clinic site, which serves 18,000 people at 10 clinics in rural Southwestern Louisiana.
"Health eVillages is excited to expand our partnerships globally and here in the U.S. with these great organizations. These organizations are dedicated to providing excellent, comprehensive care to some of the most underserved areas around the globe. Health eVillages is proud to support them with the latest medical information and tools that will help them to enhance the quality of care they provide on their healthcare missions," said Donato Tramuto, CEO and Chairman of Physicians Interactive and Founder and Chairman of Health eVillages.
Health eVillages also deployed mHealth tools and resources to Project HOPE's Pacific Partnership 2013 on the USS Pearl Harbor. This project is designed to teach the men and women of the U.S. Navy how to effectively use the health devices of Health eVillages and the Skyscape medical app. Healthcare volunteers from Project Hope and crewmen from the Navy will use the technology as they visit Marshall Islands, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands to provide medical care to a very needy population.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi