Tuesday, May 22, 2007


The digital era have great influence on the health field, today the growth of telehealth, or telemedicine, continues to expand across the country.

TeleHealth is a unique video conferencing networkconsultations to medical education to staff training, teleHealth provides fulfill a variety of health care, education and business needs.

Today, the comunication is no longer difficult with the technology, especially in the remote area. However, it might be most useful to those residents where it will be most problematic for this technology to reach a– the small rural, distant community.

Access to traditional health service can be limited in these communities because of the cost and difficulty of travel. Yet these same communities also have, potentially, the most difficulty with telecommunication infrastructure.

This is especially true if telehealth technology must be supported with more bandwidth than is currently available in the community. The other problem in public is some of the telehealth equipment has not been easy to use.

It has taken special operating skills, which need to be learned, and these skills continue to change as new hardware and software are introduced. Sufficient training has not been provided before the telehealth application was introduced.

The equipment has not been reliable. An equipment breakdown or a computer glitch occurs and easy and timely service repair is not available. The telecommunications link is slow or unreliable resulting in the view that it is a chore to establish and maintain a current communication link to the consultation service.

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dani iswara said...

high health technologies are not just for capitalism, but also for poor people in the rural (by remote) depend on infrastructure :D

Evy., DDS., OMFS said...

correct, this technology really helpfull, in Alaska they already start for behaviour health consultation... I hope we can developed this technology in Indonesia too, for training and also maybe for help centre so if the people in the rural has the health problem in the night, they can just go through the internet..;) it ur job Dok...

Ady said...

Dr Evy,
There are some of the most acute obstacles for GPs to provide TeleHealth such as high initial cost and uncertain financial benefits, high initial physician time costs, difficulties in technology, difficult complementary changes and inadequate support.
The whole system should take these issues into account, supporting GPs to be able to use this sophisticated technology and providing anything related to the development of this system.

Evy., DDS., OMFS said...

@Dr. Ady
Good point, but for Alaska rural the cost is more cheaper by provding telehealth than transfering the doctors to rural. For example they already practising to train a dental aids in the comunity with the supervision from University of washington using this technology system, well we are on digital age ;)