Human and technology networks vital to improving healthcare
Healthcare is transforming rapidly thanks to advances in technology and people working together. This evolution was obvious in Jordan last week, when the inaugural meeting of the country’s Healthcare ICT Task Force took place in conjunction with the World Economic Forum Jordan.
The task force is a collaboration between the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, the Information Technology Association of Jordan (inj@j), and Cisco, and it points to the country’s vision to become a regional hub for ICT solutions in the healthcare sector.
Cisco is already working with Jordanians to that end. In June 2011, Cisco donated its HealthPresence™ solution to connect patients in a rural, underserved community in northeast Jordan remotely to specialists in cardiology, dermatology, and nephrology at Prince Hamzah Hospital in Amman, Jordan’s capital and largest city. At least three patients per day are already getting remote physician consultations through the program. (Read more about the Jordan Healthcare Initiative in a previous blog post.)
Cisco worked directly with the Jordanian Ministry of Health to determine which communities would benefit most from remote access to specialized health care. A third site will be added to the program soon.
At the task force meeting last week, Mohammad Tahboub, chairman of inj@j, said the Jordanians want to replicate the Prince Hamzah Hospital project nationwide.
During the meeting, King Abdullah himself acknowledged Cisco’s work to strengthen Jordan’s ICT sector over the last decade by presenting Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers with Al Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Contribution of the First Degree.
“As a worldwide leader in networking, Cisco is well positioned to improve the future of healthcare through networked technologies that transform how people connect, access information, and collaborate,” Chambers said.
The Jordan Healthcare Initiative shows how combining human and technology networks can multiply the impact for people and communities around the world. In recent years, Cisco has engaged in similar projects to increase rural access to health care in India and China.
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