By wisely leveraging investments in telehealth by organizations such as InTouch Health, Direct Relief and others, we have a unique opportunity to revolutionize global healthcare. In particular, InTouch Health has spent 15 years and many millions of dollars in developing a cloud-based network that is superior to anything else in the entire world. The founders believe there is a social responsibility to use this preeminent technology to advance healthcare where it is needed most. With proven value in developed countries, it is imperative to provide the technology to the poorest countries of the world in which the needs are far greater.
One of WHO’s initiatives states,
Harness, where feasible and cost-effective, information and communication technology (ICT) opportunities. New ICT tools can be of particular relevance in relation to e-learning, electronic health records, tele-medicine, clinical decision-making tools and links among professionals and between professionals and patients.
The World Telehealth Initiative aligns perfectly with WHO’s intent. When we invest in health, we contribute to an increasingly productive global society, which is a benefit to all.
World Telehealth Initiative is fortunate to partner with InTouch Health. Their unique world-wide telehealth cloud-based network enables the delivery of healthcare expertise anywhere in the world that has reasonable internet connectivity. They have the highest levels of connectivity and network performance available. The connection optimization technology manages highly variable network conditions. Through the proactive monitoring and alerts, and routine maintenance and updates, a constant state of readiness is maintained.
Additionally, InTouch has sold its telehealth solution to over 150 health systems, is in about 2500 hospitals and now has nearly 7,500 physicians trained and using its telehealth system. Many of these physicians are willing to donate time to provide their clinical expertise via telemedicine to patients in these underserved areas.
Furthermore, these physicians cover a wide-ranging variety of specialties, like neurology, cardiology, infectious disease, wound care, urology, orthopedics, etc. World Telehealth Initiative has been granted controlled access to the physician database in order to staff the consultations required to support our programs. A study conducted by UCLA found that doctors have a high desire to address the underserved, but due to barriers of time, money and scheduling they are usually not able to. World Telehealth Initiative creates a channel for them to do so.
InTouch has further agreed to donate virtual care devices necessary for the telehealth program. We will primarily utilize the Lite I model. Benefits and features include:
- Authentic visual of patient through pan-tilt-zoom head optimized for doctor viewing.
- Clear communication between doctor and patient enabled by directional audio, high quality live video and media tools all designed for the clinical environment.
- Simple interface with integrated stethoscope, privacy headset and I/O ports for peripherals.
Direct Relief, which is a humanitarian aid organization with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Since 1948 they have delivered medical supplies internationally, and now send over a billion dollars of supplies annually to 85 countries. They will identify the global healthcare needs and provide logistical expertise to seamlessly work with governments and NGOs so as to position the devices where needed.