Addressing the Global burden of Anemia

With the vision of providing a better access to health for everyone, Tech4Life Enterprises enters into a partnership with World Vision to validate its highly innovative, non-invasive hemoglobin monitor,” SMART-Hb”, This device is expected to be a game changer in reducing the global burden to Anemia; It’s non-invasive nature allows easy screening and monitoring of anemia in general population, especially among children and women. The device has already shown over 90% accuracy in a large trial conducted in Pakistan.

World Vision International is a Charity-based organization, which opens a new world of possibilities to children and their communities, offering them safety and a bright future . The partners will validate the technology and its acceptance in the community setting. The study will be conducted simultaneously in Kenya, Burundi and India.

Telemedicine brings stroke specialist to patients’ bedsides

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Telestroke is a specialized field of Telemedicine, where patients and their images can be examined by a stroke specialist through technology for early diagnosis and treatment. The article describes spread of Telestroke services to Harrisburg, IL. USA, Dr. Alejandro Hornik, a stroke specialist, demonstrated the new technology Tuesday at Southern Illinois Telemedicine Initiative sites at Harrisburg Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
“Patients who have a stroke only have a few hours to get therapy,” Dr. Hornik said. He also said that it is the same as being in the room with the patient, with a super zoom that allows the doctor to see the size of pupils. “The ease of use I think is amazing,” said Catherine Hungate, SI Telemedicine Initiative coordinator.
Dr. Hornik reiterated that the purpose of Telestroke service was not to replace bedside care — it is meant to compliment the real-time care.

eSteth – A highly robust digital stethoscope

Stethoscope is the most important diagnostic tool used by health providers for diagnosis of variety of conditions. Auscultation, has been done with acoustic stethoscopes for almost two hundred years. However, electronic and digital stethoscopes have emerged recently to enhance the experience. Digital stethoscopes also offer features such as audio recording and playback, and visual charting of results by connecting to omputer monitor & mobile phone.

 Tech4life Enterprises has introduced a highly robust digital stethoscope, called “eSteth”. eSteth is a highly dynamic and innovative digital stethoscope, which can capture, amplify and transmit, sounds in real-time (live), using most devices and communication platforms. it can be used with various communication platforms, like Skype or Google+, and with other web-based telemedicine platforms. eSteth increases the reliability of the remote physical exam, and makes the diagnosis more credible.

eSteth is available as ‘eSteth Pro’ and ‘eSteth Lite’ to assist specialized physician as well as the front line workers for better diagnosis. eSteth Pro is designed to work in professional healthcare settings to support specialized telemedicine consultation while the Lite version is designed for use in the community based-settings, especially by the front line health workers. This is a low-cost version to support referrals to the large centers.

Fourth Global Telehealth meeting in Toronto

Tech4Life Enterprises presented its ‘Mental Health initiative in Afghanistan’ and the use of mobile technology for supporting front line health workers and improving access to care, at the fourth global telehealth forum in Toronto on May 29-30th, 2015. The Conference provided opportunity to gain insights into leading edge thinking and obtain global perspective on telehealth and mobile health. The Global Telehealth Conference is a Canadian and International leading event which leads to breakthroughs in serving the undeserved and integrating technology and information for better healthcare.

MDConsults at ATA 2015

Tech4Life Enterprises proudly exhibited its innovative telemedicine solutions at the 20th Annual Telemedicine Meeting and Trade Show ATA 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. The conference provides a great platform to connect with leaders and pioneers of the industry and connected us with a unique opportunity to highlight our contribution in the health care industry. The exhibit attracted a high number of individual and institutional clients, who greatly appreciated the program . During the conference, we explored several avenues to prosper for strategic partnerships, new relationships, and greater brand visibility. 
With over 6,000 attendees, ATA 2015 has been a really interactive and productive session for our fastest growing mobile telemedicine application ‘MDConsults’ and high quality plug-n-play digital stethoscope ‘eSteth’.

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Global Telemedicine Market Outlook 2020

The shortage of physicians in rural and remote areas provides opportunity for telemedicine to spread its reach to millions of patients and this widespread deployment of services will continue at a rapid pace in the future as well. In the latest research study, “Global Telemedicine Market Outlook 2020”, RNCOS(Business Consulting Service) analysts have studied the complete telemedicine industry with focus on market segmentation, government initiatives and competitive landscape. According to our analysis, the market for telemedicine technologies, including hardware, software & services, stood at US$ 17.8 Billion in 2014, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR(Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 18.4% during 2014-2020.

Telemedicine applications are surging due to the high prevalence of chronic diseases, rising smartphone users, consistent need for improved quality services and rising elderly population across countries which thereby urge telemedicine to deliver improved products with higher patient satisfaction. On the contrary, reimbursement challenges, uneven distribution of telecom network in remote areas, and high operating cost are major factors hindering its implementation.

The report also provides a detailed study on the geographical distribution of telemedicine with the market sizes of North America, Europeand Asia-Pacific along with their future forecast. It also provides an insight into different telemedicine applications with their market share in 2014. Tele dermatology and Tele gynecology grabbed the highest market share, followed by Tele-cardiology, Tele-neurology, Tele-orthopaedics, Tele-emergency care etc.

Overall, the report provides extensive information and rational analysis of the global telemedicine market. Separate section is devoted to the mergers & acquisitions that have taken place in the past two years. The report concludes with a competitive analysis of key market players, providing business overview of each player along with SWOT analysis. The industry is dominated by Mckesson, Philips Healthcare, GE Healthcare, and Cerner among others. In addition, the report elucidates key developments of players related to telemedicine which will enable clients to formulate market strategies and assess the opportunity areas in key geographies.
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Telemedicine Offers New Hope for South Africa

The remote diagnosis and treatment of patients – has obvious benefits for a country like South Africa, where resources (both human and infrastructural) are hard-pressed. But there are some potential obstacles to wide-spread implementation. At African Innovator magazine’s Round Tables Healthcare Innovation Summit, held in Johannesburg on 19 August, some of the challenges were discussed during a panel meeting.

Delegate Dr Maggie Mojapelo (CEO Mediwell) said this kind of innovation will “be a challenge if the primary healthcare doctor is not included in the continuum”. She said that uptake of technology on the ground is very low as practitioners tend not to understand the possible benefits. Dr Anton Prinsloo, IT director, Independent Practitioners Association, noted that change is hard to implement in the primary healthcare setting, and that change management therefore pays off.

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Tech4Life Enterprises is also actively implementing its Telemedicine platform ‘MDConsults’ in South Africa, through its official distributor Mark Banfield from Africa Healthcare Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Mark Banfield & Associates Consulting (Pty) Ltd.

MDConsults providing care for disaster in Nepal

Tech4Life Enterprises rendered its services for the Nepal Earthquake survivors by providing them the opportunity to use telemedicine for accessing health services. Tech4Life partners with the Nepal Healthcare Equipment Development Foundation (NHEDF) to provide medical services to the Earthquake stricken people by connecting them to  physicians & health care professionals through our fastest growing mobile telemedicine application ‘MDConsults’. The telemedicine solution uses mobile connectivity for live consultations between remote health providers and specialists, reducing the hassle of traveling and costs.

Another big step in achieving Universal Health care- Virtual health care center

Telemedicine opens new opportunities and invites innovative ideas to improve access to health care. In a recent development, Catholic healthcare system, Mercy, opened a $54 million virtual care center in Chesterfield, MO that practices only telemedicine technology, ranging from 24-hour patient monitoring to virtual visits at patients’ homes.

Virtual Healthcare center solves medical problems by serving the patients in home or in remote areas. Doctor services are provided 24/7 on a click.

Saving lives through affordable and easy to access mobile telemedicine

Telemedicine has the potential to redefine access to care around the world. The potential of telemedicine ranges from improving access to basic and specialized health services to monitoring patients at their homes. Rapid growth in connectivity in all parts of the world, especially through mobile networks, makes telemedicine relevant to all populations. Telemedicine has shown to play a vital role in saving lives, including those of newborns (give reference).

Tech4Life Enterprises has demonstrated this story in Afghanistan mental health project for improving mental health of young adults. Tech4Life realizing the need for supporting these individuals in the community and strengthening the mental health system, initiated a project in early 2013 to develop simple and cost effective mHealth and Telemedicine solutions for improving mental healthcare of young adults in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, in partnership with the Aga Khan Health Service, Afghanistan and University of Calgary, Canada. The project is funded by Grand Challenges Canada. The project aimed at reducing stigma among the community, improving readiness, skills and knowledge of facility as well as community-based healthcare providers, and making information available to them. The initial results from the evaluation of this project showed to benefit health providers and the communities in the remote areas of Afghanistan, and also generated evidence on how eHealth enhanced access to care for remote communities, decreased stigma, and improved quality of health services by providing opportunities for continuing learning. Whether it is connecting families or improving the quality of healthcare, Telemedicine offers endless possibilities and prospects for a happier world.