As we know telemedicine is the use of latest telecommunications Technologies to provide enhance and expedite health care services, by accessing off-site databases, linking clinics or physicians' offices to advanced central hospitals and transmitting x-rays or other diagnostic images for examination at another site.
At Mtendere Hospital the telemedicine is a reality.
The physicians in Chirundu are linked with a consortium of experts in advanced medical institutions around the world for the purpose of consultation, diagnosis, and treatment. Patient histories, laboratory findings, x-rays, and other components of the medical records can be transmitted in a timely fashion with the use of the internet. Through this advanced technology, expert opinions from leading specialists around the world can be obtained within hours or even minutes. The wide and unlimited applications of the telemedicine is offering the clinicians working at Mtendere a valuable new tools to support the medical management of patients.
In emergency cases, this access can mean the difference between life and death. In particular, in those cases where fast medical response time and specialty care are needed, telemedicine availability can be critical.
The telemedicine is also a very useful method for providing ongoing training and updating of the know-how of the medical personnel working at Mtendere Hospital.
The major sponsor making telemedicine possible at Mtendere Hospital is "Elmec Informatica", a Italian Company since 30 years in information technology world marketplace that assures free of charge services to keep updated and performant the network system at Mtendere Hospital.
The telemedicine at Mtendere has different branches of application already implemented: