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American Telemedicine Association

1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 540

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20036

United States

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The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership work to fully integrate telemedicine into transformed healthcare systems to ... more

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Abdel Aal explains that this saves the patient a long journey to see the specialist in person, and if surgery is needed, the patient can then travel directly to a hospital.

Doctors in remote areas were skeptical of such technology at first, but now connecting to specialists throughout Egypt and abroad has become routine with a system that takes only minutes to set up. Tele-Med has so far set up its system in two rural clinics, one in the Kharga Oasis and another in Luxor. Once the system is set up, it doesn’t require much money to run and locals quickly come around to the idea, Abdel Aal says.
“The benefit is that telemedicine defies geography and time,� he explains, noting that patients don’t have to travel to see a specialist and can schedule surgeries more quickly. “It’s also cost-cutting, so the patient benefits as well as the local physician. “Over time, the local physician gains online hands-on skills and knowledge through interaction with the specialized physician. We call them ‘doctors 2.0’,� the physician continues. “These doctors over time develop fantastic connections to different centers, and they develop lots of skills across medical issues and grow into a new type of doctor who can provide patients with very good service. It is a challenge for local doctors to accept the new technology. Those who do are pioneers who see the future.�
The story of Tele-Med, headquartered in Mokattam, Cairo, began in 2005 when Abdel Aal began reading about the technology and the fast-paced changes in the delivery of healthcare. “I thought it was very challenging and that we need to think about it and start moving,� he recalls. Abdel Aal spent the next few years researching deeper, traveling to the United States, becoming a member of the American Telemedicine Association and taking special courses in the field. He co-founded the company in 2009 when he connected Cairo patients to specialists at the Mayo Clinic in the US and the Royal Free Hospital in the United Kingdom.
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Special gadgets have been developed abroad like cameras that can look at the skin of the patient and transmit the images over the internet to a specialist, or instruments that allow doctors to look at the eye and nose of the patient or listen to their heart, Abdel Aal says of the technology that’s been now incorporated into apps for mobile phones.
A new telemedicine HD camera transmits an examination live to a doctor in another location.
A new telemedicine HD camera transmits an examination live to a doctor in another location.
Telemedicine began in the 1960s with the US space agency NASA, which used telemetered technology to record physiological changes in astronauts on space missions, Abdel Aal says.
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Abdel Aal says that Tele-Med at first targeted five sites mainly for their remoteness and dire need of services: Kharga Oasis, Shalateen and Abu Simbel near the Sudanese border, Rafah on Sinai’s northern border, and Salloum near the Libyan border.
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Tele-Med also needs more funding and the help of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Abdel Aal says.
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We really could start at an advantage by not trying to fix the whole,� Abdel Aal says.


Abdel Aal explains that this ...

egypttoday.com [cached]

Abdel Aal explains that this saves the patient a long journey to see the specialist in person, and if surgery is needed, the patient can then travel directly to a hospital.

Doctors in remote areas were skeptical of such technology at first, but now connecting to specialists throughout Egypt and abroad has become routine with a system that takes only minutes to set up. Tele-Med has so far set up its system in two rural clinics, one in the Kharga Oasis and another in Luxor. Once the system is set up, it doesn't require much money to run and locals quickly come around to the idea, Abdel Aal says.
"The benefit is that telemedicine defies geography and time," he explains, noting that patients don't have to travel to see a specialist and can schedule surgeries more quickly.
...
The story of Tele-Med, headquartered in Mokattam, Cairo, began in 2005 when Abdel Aal began reading about the technology and the fast-paced changes in the delivery of healthcare. "I thought it was very challenging and that we need to think about it and start moving," he recalls. Abdel Aal spent the next few years researching deeper, traveling to the United States, becoming a member of the American Telemedicine Association and taking special courses in the field. He co-founded the company in 2009 when he connected Cairo patients to specialists at the Mayo Clinic in the US and the Royal Free Hospital in the United Kingdom.
...
Special gadgets have been developed abroad like cameras that can look at the skin of the patient and transmit the images over the internet to a specialist, or instruments that allow doctors to look at the eye and nose of the patient or listen to their heart, Abdel Aal says of the technology that's been now incorporated into apps for mobile phones.
A new telemedicine HD camera transmits an examination live to a doctor in another location.
A new telemedicine HD camera transmits an examination live to a doctor in another location.
Telemedicine began in the 1960s with the US space agency NASA, which used telemetered technology to record physiological changes in astronauts on space missions, Abdel Aal says. NASA continued to lead the race in telemedicine, and by 1972 it had the first mobile van equipped with medical instruments to transmit medical information via microwave from the Papago Indian Reservation in Arizona. Now telemedicine in general is evolving at a lightning pace with telerobotics, for example, allowing a physician to guide a robot that performs a surgical procedure while they're in another part of the hospital or in a different country. "This is where everything is moving. And this is not only a dream, this is reality," Abdel Aal says. "Some of the hospitals in the Western world have magnificent use of telerobotics that are doing even better than humans because of their sophisticated technologies."
Trouble Connecting
There are still limitations of what telemedicine can do in Egypt. Abdel Aal says that Tele-Med at first targeted five sites mainly for their remoteness and dire need of services: Kharga Oasis, Shalateen and Abu Simbel near the Sudanese border, Rafah on Sinai's northern border, and Salloum near the Libyan border.
...
Tele-Med also needs more funding and the help of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Abdel Aal says.
...
We really could start at an advantage by not trying to fix the whole," Abdel Aal says.
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Based on Tele-Med's experience thus far, Abdel Aal doesn't foresee much resistance at the local level.
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The patient can look if they have a certain disease and connect to a doctor immediately," Abdel Aal says.

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